Once a year we implore our loyal CV readers to dig deep into their pockets, and support the cause of scientific literacy. One of the most direct and straightforward ways to do this is through Donors Choose, which facilitates direct contributions to primary and secondary classrooms (alas, for the moment only in the United States). The projects are described in detail, and one knows exactly why and how the funds will be used. Your gift has a clear and discernible impact, emphasized by the personal handwritten thank you notes you receive from the students.
To further incentivize readers, Donors Choose runs a yearly Social Media Challenge, where blogs compete to win fame and (give away) fortune. Last year we handidly trounced the folks over at ScienceBlogs. Over 100 CV readers donated a total of almost $9,000, impacting 1,700 students across the nation. We're truly proud; our readers came through big time! This year we're once again throwing our hat in the ring. Donate here. Tax deductible. Other bloggers are encouraged to set up their own challenges, or advertise ours (and we'll happily list you at the top of our Donors Choose page). And although that warm feeling in your heart from helping needy children will certainly be sufficient, we'll also post a list of all who contribute more than $100 (unless you request anonymity, of course). This is an incredibly direct way to improve the state of science and math education. Donations start as low as $5! And our schools need all the help they can get.