During the holiday season, we often reflect on what we are grateful for.
If you are grateful for MathPath, please consider a donation.
It will truly help us accomplish our mission, and each year the amazing generosity of all of you together has been an inspiration to all of us on the staff.
Gifts to MathPath are tax deductible for US taxpayers, and donors will receive a confirmation.
This year two generous donors have established two distinct matching challenges.
The first will match donations of $50 to $x0, up to a total of $2000. This is to encourage those of you who can't afford to donate much to participate and have a greater effect.
The second will match gifts specifically to the endowment, in the range $500-$5000, up to a total of $25,000. Last year a very generous donor gave $200,000, with which we chose to start an endowment. Our goal is to grow this to at least $1 million eventually. The larger the endowment the larger the yearly contribution it can make to operating funds. Given sufficient endowment, we could support several goals at once. For instance, we could provide more financial aid, including travel support for especially needy families, we could limit the growth of tuition for everybody, and we could better support nonprofit governance expenses such as tax, accounting, and audit services without making the families of MathPath students pay a lot for them. These items are the unglamorous but essential underbelly of proper nonprofit management.
Or, you can designate your donation for our new computer lab. For more details about that click here.
All donations made after the close of camp on July 23, 2017,
through December 31, 2017, count towards our year-end campaign and may be designated, even retroactively, for the particular purposes just mentioned. You don't have to designate a purpose; we are fine with unrestricted gifts.
How to Donate
We have two ways to donate: mail us a check or give online with PayPal.
Online is certainly convenient, and a PayPal account is not needed; you can
use your credit card.
However, online services take a cut, about 3% in our case.
If you would like 100% of your donation to go to MathPath, send a check.
This especially makes a difference for large amounts (and thus the
online option is only for donations, not for program fees).
To donate through PayPal:
Click the Donate button below and fill out the form that appears on screen.
On the last page, the review page before you click Donate, click on
Special instructions to the payee and put the following in the box
- State whether your gift is for the endowment or for the computer lab, or is unrestricted. For the endowment you can, but don't need to, further designate financial aid, travel aid, or good governance support.
- State whether you wish to be anonymous if we produce a webpage of donors.
- If you are a parent, please indicate the name and year(s) of the MathPather(s) in your family.
- If you would like your donation to be in honor of a specific MathPath staff member,
say so – in time we may set up special scholarships named after some staff members.
Note: In the endowment we already have the George R Thomas Travel Fund, and a scholarship fund jointly in the names of Kip Sumner, Al Lippert and Steve Maurer.
To donate by check:
Make out the check to MathPath. Mail it to
John Howe, Treasurer
63 Fairview Rd
Skillman NJ 08558
As soon as the check is mailed, send an email to
John Howe with a copy to Steve Maurer, letting them know it's coming and answering the
4 questions above.
Also, some banks allow you to do electronic fund transfers (ACH) to some other
banks for free. Our main account is with Wells Fargo, and Mr Howe can give you
our routing number and account number if you want to check with your bank whether
you can do an ACH transfer for free or low cost.
Employer Matching. Sometimes we qualify for employer
matching, sometimes we don't. If your employer will support any nonprofit or any "public charity", we do. If they only support accredited academic institutions, we don't, because technically we do not run a school but rather a self-improvement conference. However, if an employer won't classify us as an educational institution, they may agree to classify us as a youth or civic organization, which is often another category they fund.
If your employer matches, they may want you to channel your part of the contribution through
them, rather than through PayPal or a personal check. Please avoid this if you can, as it has meant a long delay (months) before we get your contribution. In any event, your employer will
surely want some additional information about us, such as our EIN (tax ID) and
our legal address. If you or your employer needs additional information to arrange an employer match, please contact Mr Howe.
At Thanksgiving someone asked my son Zachary what he was thankful for in 2009. He said he was most thankful for getting to go to MathPath!
Dr Greg Connor
Parent and donor