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Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way, a K-12 STEM Solution

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three stars

86.69

3939 Priority Way South Drive Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46240
tel: (877) 335-7589   Web Site
EIN: 14-1816385

Board Leadership
Frank D. Zaffino
Chair

CEO
Vince Bertram
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.69 three stars
  Financial 84.74 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. As a nonprofit organization, PLTW's mission is simple: prepare students for the global economy. PLTW's world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school and in some instances are used as the core curriculum. PLTW programs can be found in over 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 100% of all philanthropic gifts go directly to support grants for schools, student and teacher scholarships, PLTW event sponsorship, or donor-approved projects.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. As a nonprofit organization, PLTW's mission is simple: prepare students for the global economy. PLTW's world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school and in some instances are used as the core curriculum. PLTW programs can be found in over 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 100% of all philanthropic gifts go directly to support grants for schools, student and teacher scholarships, PLTW event sponsorship, or donor-approved projects.

Impact Information

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Program Name: Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Problem

A 2014 report from the Council of Chief State School Officers warned, “Our education system is clearly not keeping up with the skills demands of our knowledge-based economy." K-12 education is not equipping students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to be successful in the jobs of the future. U.S. companies cannot find qualified workers for job openings, and students increasingly report gaps in the knowledge and skills they need to find successful employment.

Strategy

Through our K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. They learn to apply what they've learned to solve real-world problems. Through our professional development, we provide teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. We have increased program flexibility, making it easier for schools to implement PLTW.

IF:THEN

IF PLTW increases program implementation flexibility and reduces barriers to adoption while maintaining high-quality programs,...

THEN more schools and districts will offer engaging applied learning experiences that empower students to learn in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed in their lives and careers.

IF industry partners invest in students and educators,...

THEN companies and surrounding communities will benefit from a workforce that can think critically and creatively, problem solve, collaborate, and communicate effectively.

IF teachers receive quality professional development training that helps them lead an activity-based, transformational classroom experience,...

THEN they will engage students, help them take ownership in their learning, and develop the vital transportable skills they need to succeed in their education and careers.

IF students begin PLTW programs as early as kindergarten,...

THEN we will build their confidence and interest in STEM subjects, help break down gender and racial stereotypes, and increase the number of girls and minorities pursuing STEM careers.

IF colleges and industry partners provide student recognition opportunities (like scholarships, internships, and preferred interviews or admissions) to PLTW students...

THEN educators will see the value in providing their students with applied, engaging, real-world learning experiences.

IF students have access throughout their K-12 career in engaging, hands-on courses that offer them chances to apply academic knowledge to real-world scenarios,...

THEN students will be engaged in class, more likely to consider pursuing post-secondary education in STEM subjects, and more likely to explore careers in STEM fields.
This impact information is current as of October 2018, when it was provided to us by Classy. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

84.74

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
84.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.67
  Program Expenses Growth 18.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 46.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Lead The Way on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Lead The Way on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Lead The Way (IN) 86.69 three stars
Ocean Institute (CA) 86.98 three stars
MATHCOUNTS (VA) 95.42 four stars
National Math + Science Initiative (TX) 92.02 four stars
ORT America (NY) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,898,852
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,898,852
   Program Service Revenue $22,802,678
Total Primary Revenue $34,701,530
   Other Revenue $14,577,714
TOTAL REVENUE $49,279,244
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $40,235,097
   Administrative Expenses $5,632,860
   Fundraising Expenses $2,642,598
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $48,510,555
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $768,689
   
Net Assets $28,833,225

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Provision of Curriculum and Teaching Prep $40,235,097 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 86.69 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 86.60 three stars
2016-06 07/01/2017 86.33 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 85.72 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 89.98 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 82.43 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 91.57 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 14-1816385
Name in IRS Master File PROJECT LEAD THE WAY INC
NTEE Code B90
NTEE Classification Educational Services and Schools - Other
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$839,543 1.73% Vince Bertram Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Lead The Way (IN) 86.69 three stars
NAF (NY) 93.92 four stars
Mouse (NY) 94.27 four stars
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (CA) 94.69 four stars
The Ingenuity Project (MD) 88.10 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Project Lead The Way
3939 Priority Way South Drive
Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46240
tel: (877) 335-7589
EIN: 14-1816385

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Board Leadership

Frank D. Zaffino
Chair

CEO

Vince Bertram
President, CEO

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