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 P.O. Box 515
 Laguna Beach, CA 92652
[P] (704) 363 x 6411
[F] --
[email protected]
Sandy Marshall
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Organization DBA Project Scientist
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-1763945 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Our promise at Project Scientist is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls and women, with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM.

Mission Statement

Our promise at Project Scientist is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls and women, with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,028,637.00
Projected Revenue $1,046,369.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Summer Academy
  • Year Round Expeditions

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

Our promise at Project Scientist is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls and women, with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM.

Background Statement

Headquartered in Southern California, Project Scientist is an education nonprofit devoted to addressing the challenges and disadvantages women and girls face in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Founded in 2011 by Sandy Marshall, former Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation, Project Scientist was created to change the world’s view of “who” a scientist is and “what” a scientist does. The vision of Project Scientist is to transform the face of STEM by nurturing future scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow’s greatest challenges.

Project Scientist initially launched in Charlotte, North Carolina. We have annually partnered with Harvard and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC) to research our model and validate our impact ( After building and piloting Project Scientist’s educational model in North Carolina, we moved our headquarters to Southern California in 2014. This year, Project Scientist anticipates serving approximately 1,200 girls through programming at UNC Charlotte and Johnson & Wales in North Carolina, and California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, and Concordia University Irvine in California.

Impact Statement

Project Scientist is about getting girls interested in STEM, our hope is that they leave our camp excited to pursue a STEM major in college or a career in STEM! Our camp introduces them to several different areas of STEM every summer to give them a wide array of ideas they might be interested in. Through STEM Superstars, expeditions, and experiments they get several different opportunities each day to expand their learning and find a new science to look into!

Needs Statement

We use grants and donations to fund the opportunity for scholarships in our summer academy and expeditions, scholarships allow us to serve girls from low income homes and show them different career paths they can follow in the future. The scholarships set us apart from other summer camps and provide this opportunity to many girls who may never have considered STEM careers before

CEO Statement

Our purpose is to ignite and cultivate confidence that a STEM career is attainable for any girl.  We aim to expose a diverse population of young girls to a high-quality STEM academy that inspires confidence in their pursuit of learning throughout the year.  Our vision for Project Scientist will originate a diverse STEM talent pool by building confidence for over 20,000 girls by 2022.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Mail a check, volunteer as a STEM superstar, host an expedition

Geographic Area Served

West Orange County
Our main summer camp is based in Irvine however we welcome girls from all over the county to participate in our summer camp and year-round expeditions

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Science & Technology -
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Women's Rights



Summer Academy

Our summer academy runs for 6 weeks each summer at Concordia University in Irvine. The girls have a day full of STEM learning and fun. Some of the activities they experience during the week include STEM Superstars or women who visit and talk about their STEM experience and career, experiments centered around our weekly theme, and an expedition to a STEM company/site where the girls experience first hand what it is like to work in those fields. 
Budget  100,000
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
The girls think about women in STEM careers, think about themselves going into STEM majors/careers, and they find science and other STEM subjects more interesting and fun!

By September 1, 2019, Project Scientist’s STEM Academy will achieve the following goals:
· Provide year-round STEM programming (a six-week summer academy and Expeditions throughout the school year) to approximately 1,400 unduplicated girls, aged 4-12, in Southern California and Charlotte, North Carolina who possess a passion for STEM.
· 95% of participants will report an increased interest in pursuing science as a field of study
· 90% will report increased familiarity with STEM as an educational and career field.
· 95% of parents will report the STEM Academy made a difference in the education of their daughters.
Program Long-Term Success  We do research each summer to measure our success in collaboration with researchers from Harvard University and UNCC to ensure that our camps are making a lasting impact on our campers! It has proven to increase the girls' interest in STEM and their desire to pursue STEM careers in the future. They also do a test called the Draw a Scientist test to see what their general idea of a scientist is and often the girls go from drawing males at the beginning of summer to drawing a female or even themselves by the end of summer. This has proven that the camp makes them think about women in STEM as they go through the Project Scientist Academy
Program Success Monitored By 
We have researchers from several universities measure our progress including scientists at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina - Charlotte

To measure change/outcomes in our clients, on day one and on their final day, girls participate in the Draw a Scientist Test (DAST), an open-ended projective test designed to investigate children’s perceptions of a scientist. Girls also participate in a program survey by Partnerships in Education and Resilience (PEAR) of Harvard Medical School, designed to show girls growth in interest, confidence, and knowledge of STEM careers and majors. We survey parents mid-school year to gauge their daughters’ extracurricular and school involvement in STEM activities. In collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Stearns at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, we also gather and analyze the pre- and post-survey data to put together a report demonstrating the impact Project Scientist’s programming had on our students.

Examples of Program Success 

Our STEM Academy continually undergoes external evaluation to assess the efficiency of our program. In 2017, Project Scientist scored 4.0 out of 4.0 on Harvard's Dimensions of Success Observation scoring rubric. Our participants reported positive changes in indicators of social-emotional and 21stcentury skill as a result of the STEM Academy. Nearly 100% of parents indicated their daughter had a greater interest in science at the end of the STEM Academy. Parents also reported a 15% increase in interest in pursuing science as a career.


Key findings from our partner and University of North Carolina, Charlotte research team included statistically significant changes in interest in science, seeing themselves as scientists, and STEM career aspirations. The number of girls reporting they would like to have a STEM career in the future increased by 35%. Seventy-nine percent of girls agreed they could see themselves as a scientist one day, compared to 60% at the beginning of the STEM Academy.

Year Round Expeditions

Throughout the year on days that most kids don't have school, we host a field trip to a STEM company in the area in order to keep up their interest in STEM! We host both paying girls and ones on scholarships for these expeditions. We try to plan trips that are both educational and fun to get the girls interested in what they're doing. 
Budget  10,000
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The girls find interest in a new STEM subject and experience first hand what it is like to work in that field. 
Program Long-Term Success  Expeditions are a good way to increase girls interest in STEM throughout the year and remind them how much fun STEM subjects can be! It is a nice way to educate the girls outside of a classroom setting and ensure that they enjoy their day off of school while finding something STEM-related for them to do during that day. This field trip is a great way for parents to find childcare on the kid's day off of school while ensuring that they learn something new
Program Success Monitored By  The expeditions are too short to measure the success as we do for our summer academy. However, the girls are given notebooks and pencils to write down what they learn and take that with them after the expedition ends
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Sandy Marshall
CEO Term Start Jan 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Sandy Marshall has spent the past twenty years in nonprofit management, including work with the American Heart Association, Special Olympics and Easter Seals; she is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Three years after creating the national cause marketing campaign, NASCAR Day, Ms. Marshall founded The NASCAR Foundation, which is now a $5 million organization engaging millions of fans annually. In her nearly ten years at NASCAR, she believes her most important work was in the STEM area of NASCAR. Engaging the company and sport with non-profits and making STEM exciting and relevant through motorsports. Due to her passion for helping nonprofits that have the mission and infrastructure to make great social change, she started Sandra Marshall and Associates— a consulting group focused on fueling social impact,

While funding national STEM initiatives through The NASCAR Foundation, Sandy learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to doing what she could to make a difference in her own community - Project Scientist had lift off! Personally Sandy had experienced gender stereotyping and a lack of role models as she pursued a STEM major in college and as a result changed majors. As a mother of two young girls with a passion for science, Sandy remains committed to changing the status quo for her girls as well as girls across the country. Project Scientist began summer 2011 out of Sandy’s guesthouse in Charlotte, NC. The organization is now on four University campuses serving over 800 girls annually. Ms. Marshall attended the University of Southern California, where she received a BS in Public Policy with an emphasis on Nonprofits. She has a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of California, Irvine. Sandy and her family currently split time between Laguna Beach, Pasadena and Charlotte.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CFRE Certifiied

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 50
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Erika Duncan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank of America
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Erika Duncan -- --
Lori Friedman -- --
Dan Fromm -- --
Betsy Grider -- --
Stephanie Head -- --
Jenny Ibrahim -- --
Stephen Jenvey -- --
Leslie Johnson -- --
Cathy Tran Moses -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

We have a finance/governance committee and an executive committee

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Finance


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,046,369.00
Projected Expenses $1,028,637.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Project Scientist Financial Statement

2015 Project Scientist Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $942,240 $611,400 $464,515
Total Expenses $890,696 $651,211 $475,472

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$441,616 $272,311 $275,645
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $500,624 $338,339 $188,256
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $0
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- $750 $614

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $696,546 $468,101 $376,935
Administration Expense $123,448 $183,110 $76,148
Fundraising Expense $70,702 -- $22,389
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 0.94 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 72% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 0% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $142,541 $105,058 $138,087
Current Assets $137,674 -- $113,504
Long-Term Liabilities $38,024 -- $50,000
Current Liabilities $48,751 $100,836 $34,054
Total Net Assets $55,766 $4,222 $54,033

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.82 0.00 3.33

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 27% 0% 36%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

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