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Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy is a not-for-profit 501 (c ) 3 organization designed to build a direct pipeline of STEM literate youth ready for the global workforce by “fanning the flames” of invention and innovation between experts, novice professionals and America’s Youth.

Grants, donations, sponsorships, stock giving, promotional partnerships are just a few of the ways you can support our goal to reach 1 million youth by the year 2020.

Corporate Giving: Flexible & Easy



Annual Giving Campaign

A designated period of time each year employees rally to raise money and awareness

Annual Employee Grant Stipends

A corporation allocates funds to employees to give where they choose

Auto Payroll deductions

Employees have money deducted from salary

Matching Gifts & Fundraising matching

Corporation match employee giving

Dollars for Doing Team Volunteer Grants

Corporation will give a dollar amount for designated volunteer hours

Volunteer Support ( In-kind) services

Consulting, computers, software, food, transportation for field trips, marketing strategies, tangible products

Giving Levels

Akoya Level: $100,000 or more

Named for the most valued pearl in the world, the Akoya pearl is meticulously developed within the Akoya oyster over several years and is prized for brilliance, luster, and its rich color.

Baroque Level: $50,000-$99,000

Named for the distinctly curved shape, the Baroque pearl has captured the imagination of the world’s most talented artisan’s task to create jewelry for royalty and heads of state.

Nacre Level: $20,000-49,000

Named for the mysterious iridescent inner shell of the oyster and outer cover of the pearl, also known as “mother of pearl”, the nacre is renowned for its strength and resilience while its molecular structure adds unquestionable beauty.

Nautilus Society Level: $1,000-19,999

Named for the Ancient Jet Propulsion Mollusk whose ability to thrive is based on the blend of buoyancy, efficiency, and flexibility, the Nautilus Society Level consists of three giving levels designed to provide each donor the an efficient and flexible way to share their gifts while maintaining a balance checkbook with consistent monthly or annual giving opportunities ranging from $1,000 to $19,999.

These levels are:

  • Gold ($15,000 to $19,999)
  • Silver ($5,000-$14,999)
  • Bronze Level ($1,000-$4,999)

To become a member of the Nautilus Society, please contact the Office of Development at 888.980.0601

Ways to Share Your Gift


Gifts of cash are available for immediate use by the Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy and are usually fully deductible for donors who itemize deductions. Checks should be made payable to The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy. The Institute also accepts online payment by all major credit cards, direct debit from a checking or savings account.

Gifts of Stock and Mutual Fund Shares (Available in 2017)

Giving appreciated securities is a tax-wise way to support our many programs. For securities held longer than one year, you can deduct their full fair-market value on the date of transfer, regardless of what you originally paid for them. You may also avoid paying capital gains tax. For this option, be sure to contact the Office of Development, as contacting your broker alone may not ensure correct crediting of the gift to the Institute in your name.

IRAs/Retirement Plans

Retirement plan assets are potentially the most tax burdened assets that one may own, often subject to both income and estate tax. There are several ways to gift these assets.

Matching Gifts

Many businesses and corporations match the personal gifts to educational institutions made by employees, retirees, and their family members. Contact your company's personnel office for more information.

Planned Gifts

Bequests, life insurance, retirement plans, gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts. By giving such gifts, you contribute to the Institute and, in some instances, increase your annual income, enjoy a tax deduction, and reduce taxes on your capital gains.

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