Ways to Give
Let’s Talk Science is able to help youth across Canada fulfill their potential and prepare them to thrive as citizens and in the workforce thanks to generous support from industry, foundations, government agencies and individuals.
Our continued success depends on the involvement of supporters of all kinds – those who share our goals to prepare youth for their futures in a knowledge-based economy, enhancing Canada’s global competitiveness and creating a better world for everyone.
We look for partners that who are passionate about investing in youth development. Our supporters recognize that engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is not only relevant and important to understanding and participating in our changing world, it’s fundamental to building an innovative society.
Read on to see how you can help Let’s Talk Science to:
- support educators
- help youth form positive attitudes and understand the role that STEM plays in their lives and futures
- develop tomorrow’s prepared skilled and knowledge workers, researchers, leaders and informed citizens
Corporations & Foundations
At Let’s Talk Science, we’re working to inspire and prepare tomorrow’s skilled workers, researchers, leaders and informed citizens. We work with our corporate and philanthropic partners to create long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships and tailored recognition plans in order to meet their strategic goals and objectives.
Partnership with Let’s Talk Science provides organizations with opportunities to:
- strengthen ties with a leading national STEM learning and engagement organization, which has earned a reputation as a catalytic agency with the ability to develop and sustain innovative programs and resources
- contribute to the communities in which their employees and clients live and enhance brand profile
- showcase themselves as an organization that recognizes the importance of STEM literacy in Canada
- attract the attention of Let’s Talk Science’s talented and diverse volunteer base, which will be soon joining the workforce
We’re unique in our reach to diverse audiences, including preschool through high school youth, educators, parents and thousands of post-secondary and industry-based volunteers.
Let’s Talk Science offers a number of opportunities for organizations to partner with us through their donation.
We provide options that, dependent upon the level of the gift, allow donors to support our programs: Let’s Talk Science Outreach including the Let’s Talk Science Challenge, CurioCity, Tomatosphere™ and IdeaPark.
As well, we support research into the state of STEM learning and awareness campaigns to promote the importance of STEM and transform public attitudes through targeted communications.
These options can reach across diverse communities at the national, provincial and local levels, or allow your organization to support a specific region, program or sector that best reflects your strategic interests.
Our established and professional staff members would be pleased to speak with you further to find the best match for your organization and its giving priorities. For more details, contact Sara Steers by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 ×223.
Let’s Talk Science has a number of unique sponsorship opportunities, which offer to put you or your brand in front of educators, teens and families across Canada.
You could directly reach thousands by sponsoring a national event like the Let’s Talk Science Challenge — an exciting one-day competition held in over 20 communities coast-to-coast. You could also support specific regional events that match your geographic scope, such as a StemCellTalks hosted by Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers at a specific post-secondary institution.
For more information about Let’s Talk Science sponsorship opportunities, contact Andre Motuzas by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 224.
Gifts in Kind
Contributions of gifts in kind can take many forms. At Let’s Talk Science, we have benefited from contributions of top quality products and services, while contributors have benefited from a charitable tax receipt.
All of our efforts require equipment and supplies. The more materials we have, the more STEM programming and services we can provide.
Some of our current needs include:
- new equipment of various kinds; computers, scientific and audiovisual
- publishing, photographic and printing services
- office supplies
- program supplies for kits and program delivery
- promotional materials
- translation services
For more details, contact Sara Steers by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 223.
Your gift to Let’s Talk Science will help to excite, inspire and engage children, youth, educators and volunteers in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM). You’ll be working with Let’s Talk Science to help children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for future careers and role as citizens in a world increasingly shaped by science and technology.
There are many options available to you to make your contribution fit your needs and preferences. Donations are accepted by credit card, cheque or pre-authorized monthly donation by credit card or bank debit. Your donation may be an ongoing contribution or a one-time gift – it’s up to you!
We appreciate your contribution, whatever the level. Gifts of $10 or more will be automatically issued a charitable tax receipt.
Cash, Cheques, Credit Card
To donate by cheque, you may download our pledge form and mail your cheque and form to:
Let’s Talk Science
1510 Woodcock Street, Unit 12
London, ON Canada N6H 5S1
If you’d prefer to make your donation by credit card, we accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
When making donations using a credit card, you have two options:
- Call us toll free 1.877.474.4081 or 519.474.4081
- Donate securely online through either our CanadaHelps or CHIMP account.
Annual Giving: Inspiring Discovery
Let’s Talk Science works to build interest and engagement among children and youth in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM). As the need to inspire discovery through STEM literacy increases daily because of its integral role in our culture, society and future, the demand for our programs continues to grow. Barriers to youth engagement still exist, however.
When children and youth meet with real-life scientists, when we dispel the myths and stereotypes that surround STEM, when we spark the ‘aha’ moment in young minds, we know that our programs are working.
Your gift to our Inspiring Discovery Annual Fund goes a long way to ensuring that we can continue to bring STEM into the impressionable lives of children and youth across Canada, and foster their learning and engagement through leadership, innovative educational programs, research and advocacy.
For more information about making an annual gift, including setting up a pledge and payment option based on your preferences, contact Rosie Triebner by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 234.
Memorial & Tribute Gifts
Making a memorial gift to Let’s Talk Science in remembrance of a loved one or friend who has passed away is a meaningful and thoughtful gesture. Gifts will be acknowledged to the family with a personal thank you.
If you know a relative, friend or colleague is passionate about STEM education or providing opportunities to at risk youth, then you can honour him or her with a tribute gift through Let’s Talk Science. A personal acknowledgement will be sent to the recipient informing him or her that a gift has been made on their behalf.
Please contact Sara Steers by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 223 to arrange your memorial or tribute gift.
United Way Donations
Did you know you can direct all or part of your United Way donation to Let’s Talk Science even though we are not a United Way Partner agency?
All you have to do is indicate your wishes on your pledge card by writing: “I would like ___ % of my donation to go to Let’s Talk Science” (indicating what percentage you would like designated to Let’s Talk Science, and including our charitable registration number 88540 0846 RR0001).
The United Way will send your donation to Let’s Talk Science and mail you a tax receipt. Because it may take a while for the United Way to notify Let’s Talk Science, please contact us to let us know about your gift, so that we can thank you for your generous support. You may e-mail Rosie Triebner, Senior Development Officer or call toll-free: 1-877-474-4081 × 234.
Let’s Talk Science encourages you to ensure that your contact information and gift details are forwarded to us along with your donation, so that we can provide you with appropriate recognition and track your generosity to our charitable work. If you’d us to have this information from United Way, please include a note on your United Way donor form asking that your name, company, title, address, telephone number and gift amount be forwarded to us.
Please note that the United Way will keep an administrative fee and forward the balance of your donation to Let’s Talk Science.
Matching Gift Programs
You may be able to double the impact of your gift to Let’s Talk Science, if your employer has a Matching Gift Program. A matching gift is a corporate donation that either equals or exceeds your contribution to Let’s Talk Science. Speak with your human resources department to ask if they match gifts; if so, your company may provide you with the necessary form to complete and send to us.
And please, talk with the scientists, engineers and technology professionals where you work about what we do at Let’s Talk Science. Consider asking them to join you in a group gift to go along with a company gift match.
A gift of securities (such as privately or publicly held shares, bonds, mutual funds and stock options) to Let’s Talk Science offers considerable tax benefits.
The 2006 Federal Budget introduced a special tax incentive on gifts of Publicly Traded Securities and Mutual Funds. When you sell an appreciated stock, mutual fund or flow through shares, you are required to pay tax on 50% of the capital gain. However, if you donate the securities to charity, you’ll not only get a tax receipt and have the satisfaction of seeing your gift put to good use today, you’ll also pay no capital gains tax.
For more information about gifts of securities, contact Rosie Triebner by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 234.
Planned giving offers the ability to leave a lasting and meaningful legacy, helping Let’s Talk Science bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life for children and youth across Canada. A planned gift provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate leadership, allowing you to do lasting good in your community while optimizing tax and other financial benefits.
With an investment to support Let’s Talk Science, you will be able to:
- achieve your philanthropic goals and make a significant difference in improving STEM literacy for Canada’s children and youth;
- meet your personal and financial objectives; and
- lower income and estate taxes.
Professional advice from your lawyer, accountant or financial advisor will help determine your best means of making a planned gift to Let’s Talk Science. Once you’ve made your decision and are ready, you may contact Sara Steers by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 223.
When making or revising your will, consider how a bequest can provide a lasting difference through your support for Let’s Talk Science. Through a bequest, you can have a direct impact on the future of STEM education, awareness and outreach for youth in Canada, creating a legacy for future generations.
A bequest offers you the opportunity to make a significant future gift without lessening your assets today. Your estate will receive a valuable tax credit, which can be applied to up to 100% of your net income in the year of death and the preceding year. This can save your estate a considerable amount of tax, especially if you have RSPs or large holdings of appreciated assets.
For more information about making a bequest to Let’s Talk Science, contact Sara Steers by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 223.
Life insurance is a cost effective way to maximize your contribution and make a more lasting gift than might otherwise be possible without drawing on your current savings or diminishing your estate. If arranged appropriately, your life insurance gift would not be included in the value of your estate, allowing you to avoid probate fees.
For more details about making a gift of Life Insurance to Let’s Talk Science, contact Sara Steers by e-mail or phone at 1.877.474.4081 × 223.
Charitable Registration Number: 88540 0846 RR0001