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MATHCOUNTS Foundation

  • Alexandria, VA
  • www.mathcounts.org

Mission Statement

MATHCOUNTS provides engaging math programs for U.S. middle school students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving.

Main Programs

  1. MATHCOUNTS Competition Series
  2. The National Math Club
  3. The Math Video Challenge
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

MATHCOUNTS promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory.

ruling year

1986

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Lou DiGioia

Keywords

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STEM, secondary, education, educational, materials, extra-curricular, middle school, mathematics, math, national, curriculum, technology, students, teachers, volunteer

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Also Known As

MATHCOUNTS

EIN

54-1295407

 Number

5417869234

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Mathematics (U34)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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Through three distinct programs--the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, the National Math Club and the Math Video Challenge--we give students the kinds of learning experiences that boost self-confidence and foster a positive attitude towards math and problem solving.

Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love of mathematics must be nurtured or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS programs provide the mix of engaging material, mentoring and peer support that middle school students need at a time when they must navigate new social networks and form opinions about themselves and the world that will impact their life trajectory.

By empowering students and the educators who help influence them, we ensure students have the confidence to persevere in the face of challenges and the ability to think creatively to solve problems.

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

MATHCOUNTS Competition Series

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind, with live, in-person events in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department. With competitions taking place in over 500 local chapters, there's a competition happening near you!

The Competition Series is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who need to be challenged. Students will engage in exciting, "bee-style" contests in which they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 2

The National Math Club

The National Math Club is an inclusive math enrichment program that provides Club Leaders with the resources and materials needed to run a math club. With registration open to schools, organizations and other groups, The National Math Club brings fun and exciting math to students across the country.

Formerly known as the MATHCOUNTS Club Program, The National Math Club helps build confidence in students of all ability and interest levels by giving them the opportunity to engage in unique math activities in a relaxed, social setting.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 3

The Math Video Challenge

The Math Video Challenge is an innovative program that empowers students to be math teachers, video producers, actors and artists - all at the same time! Working together in teams, students will create their own videos about math problems and their associated concepts.

Formerly known as the Reel Math Challenge, the Math Video Challenge is designed to get students excited about math while giving them the opportunity to hone their creativity and communication skills. Students will form teams consisting of four students each to create a video that teaches the solution to one of the problems from the 2014-2015 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, and also demonstrates the real-world application of the math concept used in the problem.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of organizational partners

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Adolescents (13-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
MATHCOUNTS partners with U.S. middle schools, community organizations and other groups to bring our three programs to students nationwide. We strive to increase this number.

2. Number of participants engaged in programs

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Adolescents (13-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
MATHCOUNTS strives to increase the number of students and educators (competition coaches, math club leaders and video team advisors) who participate in our programs.

3. Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Adolescents (13-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We aim to increase the number of students who participate in a MATHCOUNTS competition, are active in a math club or successfully complete a math video--all of which show an interest in STEM.

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?
    The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to provide engaging math programs for U.S. middle school students of all ability levels to improve attitudes towards math and problem solving.

    Our vision is for all students to have the confidence and positive attitude towards math and problem solving needed to embrace challenges and expand their academic and career opportunities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    MATHCOUNTS accomplishes our mission through 1) programs to give students meaningful STEM learning opportunities, 2) resources designed to empower educators and 3) outreach efforts to expand our reach.

    1) PROGRAMS: Three distinct programs are designed to build confidence and improve problem-solving skills in all students—whether they love math and need to be challenged to reach their full potential, or fear math and need help overcoming it.

    --MATHCOUNTS Competition Series: national coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes math achievement through a series of fun and exciting “bee" style contests
    --The National Math Club: free math enrichment initiative providing the structure and activities educators need to lead math clubs within schools and non-school groups
    --Math Video Challenge: innovative program in which teams of students use technology to create videos about math problems and real-world applications of math

    2) RESOURCES: We provide educators numerous free, high-quality math materials so they can make math inviting, interactive and challenging. In addition to dozens of free web resources, we provide:
    --School Handbook: 250 creative math problems aligned to the Common Core and categorized by math topic
    --Club in a Box: kit of hands-on materials, student prizes and a book of 15 math activities

    3) OUTREACH: In addition to nationwide outreach efforts to all schools, we help teachers and students in under-served communities through teacher workshops, conferences, community events and targeted marketing. We also prioritize outreach to program alumni through events, marketing and scholarships to leverage their skills and community service, and support them beyond middle school.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    MATHCOUNTS is fortunate to have a strong national staff that is supported by a large pool of corporate and individual donors. In addition, we rely on a robust network of over 17,000 volunteers--from math teachers to engineers and other STEM professionals.

    We also have strong partnerships with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), which are crucial to the success of our programs. More than 600 volunteers--the majority of whom are engineers affiliated with NSPE--run more than 500 local chapter competitions and 56 state competitions each year. These volunteers make the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series possible and impact tens of thousands of students each year. In addition, a large committee of mathematics education professionals--vetted by and affiliated with NCTM--serve as question writers, reviewers and competition judges who are responsible for the high-quality math resources that form the foundation of our programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    MATHCOUNTS collects registration information from all participating organizations and teachers to measure the reach of our programs each year. In addition, we conduct post-participation surveys of students and teachers who participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, the National Math Club and the Math Video Challenge. Our surveys measure the impact of our programs on students' problem-solving, math and twenty-first century skills (communication, creativity, collaboration, technology savvy); student attitudes towards STEM; and teacher satisfaction with programs and resources.

    We use the information from registration and survey data to set goals for our programs (to improve logistics and student satisfaction), resources (to improve content and teacher satisfaction) and outreach efforts (to identify new areas of need and focus).
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    MATHCOUNTS has demonstrated the effectiveness of our programs and resources, however we are working to expand our reach to more students, teachers and schools.

    Measures of the quality of our programs and resources consistently have been positive. Students who participate in our programs are more likely to enter a STEM field compared to the national average. An overwhelming majority of math teachers say our resources and programs have made their students better at problem-solving and more interested in STEM. Furthermore, MATHCOUNTS outreach events and trainings have been lauded by math teachers and district-level mathematics supervisors as highly effective.

    An area of focus for organizational growth is expanding our reach. Currently there are more than 40,000 U.S. middle schools, and about 8,500 participate in a MATHCOUNTS program. Although approximately 250,000 students are impacted by our programs or resources annually, we have made program expansion a priority so that more U.S. students have access to the meaningful learning experiences we provide.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

MATHCOUNTS promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory.

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Funding Needs

As a 501(c)(3) with national reach, MATHCOUNTS is entirely dependent on donations from corporations, foundations and individuals to continue to offer free middle school extracurricular mathematics materials to all students.  General funding is needed to support the creation, vetting, and dissemination of these materials; as well as the setup and operation of our signature event, the MATHCOUNTS National Competition.

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MATHCOUNTS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Lou DiGioia

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Pamela Erickson

Raytheon Company

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?