Nonprofit computer science organization Code.Org debuted its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo earlier this week to raise $5,000,000 for its new program called, An Hour of Code For Every Student. This gives 100 million students through the world an opportunity to have one hour per day of computer science.
The organization revealed that 90% of schools still do not teach computer science. In the 21st century. Schools teach kids how to dissect a frog and how weather works, but almost nothing about computer science. A little strange? Definitely.
Today, it’s equally fundamental to learn to “dissect an app,” or how the Internet works. Every young person deserves basic knowledge of how the world works around them and how to build technology that’s changing the world. Code.Org declared on the campaign’s website, “Our goal this year is to train 10,000 computer science teachers, and to get 100 million students to try one Hour of Code, across all grades, worldwide. We need $5 million to do this.”
“We’ve built fantastic courses that students and teachers love, but we need your help to bring these courses to more classrooms. Your support will provide in-person training for teachers and allow them to add computer science to the course schedule.”
Below shows the impact of the $5,000,000:
The organization also shared,”Among nonprofits, Code.org is incredibly cost-effective. We have low administrative costs (<10%). Besides, all of our administrative costs are already covered by existing donors. So are the costs of creating our fantastic tutorials. So, every dollar you donate will be used only on expanding access to computer science, by putting courses in schools that don’t teach it already.”
Code.org is registered as a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has a gold rating on Guidestar. All contributes to Code.org are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Code.org’s tax ID is 46-0858543. When backers make contributes, each will receive an email from Indiegogo’s nonprofit payments processor, FirstGiving, confirming the contributions. The email receipt will be used for tax deductible purposes.
How will the funds be used are:
Since its launch, An Hour of Code for Every Child has already reached $83,396 from 360 backers. The project is set to close on December 14th.
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