Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Mastodon Art-Science Regional Fair

  • Hillsboro, MO
  • www.MastodonFair.org

Mission Statement

The Mastodon Fair helps students excel, from the inside out. We provide opportunities for students to enter art and/or science projects in an annual professionally juried competition. Since 1979, we have testimonial after testimonial that documents how entering/winning the Fair became the pivitol point in a student's life or career choice. The Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair is a non-profit organization comprised of 300 volunteers and one staff member who together conduct a prestigious annual fair for over 3,000 K-12 students in public, private, parochial and home schools. Students can enter one art and one science project and may win the opportunity to represent the Fair at national/international competitions or part of the $35,000 in prizes/scholarships and awards. The Fair also conducts year-round training for teachers and parents.

Main Programs

  1. Mastodon Fair

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Service Areas

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Missouri

Students who live in or go to school in the counties of Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and Crawford in Missouri.

ruling year

1992

Executive Director since 2006

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Ms. Jill Malcom

Keywords

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Mastodon Fair, Mastadon, Science Fair, art Fair, art and science fair, juried fair, kids science fair, kids art fair

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EIN

43-1613401

 Number

1652166489

Physical Address

Jefferson College, 1000 Viking Dr. Technology Center, Rm 101

Hillsboro, 63050

Also Known As

Mastodon Fair

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Mastodon Fair is the only event that touches the lives of every K - 12 grade student in all public, private and home schools in the served counties.
The Mastodon Fair has evolved from a two-hour event with 14 projects in 1979 that competed for some ribbons to the LARGEST ART AND SCIENCE FAIR IN THE U.S. It is now an 8 day event with over 3000 projects that compete for over $55,000 in prizes, trips and scholarships. Historically, the Fair has been run by 350+ volunteers. In 2006 a full-time Executive Director was hired due to the increased size of the event. The Board of Directors and Fair Board members, who govern the Fair, worked together to develop this business plan. The Fair has persevered for 33 years because of the following reasons:

1. We believe in the Mastodon Fair.
2. We have seen that participation in the Mastodon Fair inspires art and science students to choose those careers and builds self-confidence.
3. We know the Mastodon Fair changes lives, inspires students to go to college and brings those students back to the local community as educated professionals.

In short, the Mastodon Fair makes a real impact in the lives of students that persists into adulthood.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Mastodon Fair

The Mastodon Fair is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports K-12th grade students, teachers, and parents reach the goal of submitting creative and innovative science and art projects at the annual regional competition held each March at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. Winners receive part of the $55,000 in prizes, scholarships and trips.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$118,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Goal: Promote submission of creative and novel art and science projects
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Mastodon Fair Strategic Goals
    1. Stability
    ● Employ at least one full-time staff person who cultivates volunteers, organizations, teachers, parents and businesses to become emotionally invested in the mission of the Mastodon Fair.
    ● Foster an environment where participation in the Fair is integrated in the curriculum and rewarding for the teachers and students in the Missouri counties of Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Crawford, St. Louis and Ste Genevieve.
    ● Provide consistent messaging of a premiere organization in search of the art and science excellence in area public, private and home schooled children.
    1. Sustainability
    ● Achieve financial sustainability through multiple layers of fiduciary oversight, continual growth of the endowment and repeat sponsorship investment.
    ● Expand and foster additional revenue streams to supplement the existing donor base including E-Fair software, major corporate sponsors, fundraising, grants and collaborative fundraisers.
    1. Impact
    ● Increase the year-round visibility and awareness of the Fair in the community, traditional/electronic media sources and schools.
    ● Engage students in discovering their art and science passions using real life experiences
    ● Continually improve project quality
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have employed a full-time Executive Director since 2006 and have two governing boards in place.
    Over 350 volunteers work throughout the year to support the annual March art and science fair competition.
    Over 300 donors support the organization 100% through donations and grants.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    56,000+ students have participated in the Mastodon Fair since 1979.
    In 2013, 5 awards were won by Mastodon Fair students attending international competitions.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The infrastructure of the non-profit organization has undergone an overhaul along with the logo/mission/vision/business plan. A financial strategic plan has been created as well.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Students who live in or go to school in the counties of Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and Crawford in Missouri.

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Funding Needs

The Mastodon Fair is looking for a major corporate sponsor that will provide a significant part of the almost $200,000 annual budget.

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Mastodon Art-Science Regional Fair

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Jill Malcom

BIO

Bachelors degree in horticulture, Masters Degree in Education, Science emphasis Certified Life Teacher 9-12 (Physical, life and biological sciences) Taught College, High School and Elementary school science. Has basically been involved with the Mastodon Fair since it was started in 1979.  (Software development President for 14 years. Holds software patents in three countries - US, Canada and Great Britain.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Very rarely in life does one get the opportunity to really make a difference in a person's life. Being involved with the Mastodon Fair is one of those rare opportunities.
This organization has been run since 1979 almost totally by volunteers and 100% on donations! Why? Because the community sees first hand the positive impact the Mastodon Fair has on themselves when they were a child, on their children and now their grand children!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Benjamin F Hoeft

Fortune Investment Services

Term: Feb 2011 -

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