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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Techbridge Girls’ (TBG) partnership with Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conferences

INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW

Q:
Why and what specifically will be changing?
A:
The EYHN National office and 501(c)3 status will dissolve by September 30, 2019. Nevertheless, conferences in general can and should operate “business as usual” this year. However, conferences benefitting from financial support through TBG (see below) will be asked to incorporate additional branding/logo aspects to their conferences. Conferences should also still use the EYH name this year and then TBG will communicate any potential branding changes to conferences as soon as they are solidified.

 

Q:
Is the mission of TBG or the EYH conferences changing?
A:
No. We see an organizational, philosophical and values alignment to what we all do. We empower girls to see themselves in STEM careers and thus pursue STEM educational tracks. We share programmatic elements of creating hands-on experiences and positive role models through a rich network of girl-serving STEM conferences, after-school programs, and summer camps.

In addition, there are limited resources to advance and scale our impact and mission: Techbridge Girls has built up a considerable amount of expertise in research-driven academically-rich programming, equitable practices, professional development, evaluation, and fundraising.

And there is an opportunity to move the greater needle for girls from marginalized communities: TBG goal to serve 1M girls by 2030. It sees the EYH conferences as an accelerator to that vision. EYH conference’s collective 45-year history of girl-focused STEM outreach and its own vast national network of 100 conferences that serves 25,000 girls annually provides Techbridge Girls and the EYH conferences the ability to impact the larger girl-serving STEM education field and amplify our collective 50+ years of success and impact. TBG understands the rich asset that EYH conferences brings: effective community partnerships, a cost-effective model, national reach, and passionate and committed volunteers who are so engaged in making a difference in girls' lives year after year is an approach TBG is excited to deepen.

STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP

Q:
Will there be membership dues?
A:
For conference year Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 membership fees are waived. We will reassess conference fees in Summer 2020 and communicate once direction is established.

 

Q:
What are the benefits of working with Techbridge Girls?
A:
Receiving high-quality training and resources based on Techbridge Girl’s expertise in equitable STEM enrichment practices, including gender and culturally responsive practice; Assistance with engaging marginalized communities; Assistance with engaging community partners to extend girls’ STEM involvement; Rigorous evaluation tools and analysis of impact; and Greater ability to raise funds to support conference expenses Wide network (experts, STEM advocates, professionals, speakers--their CEO and staff, partners, etc…)

 

Q:
Who can I contact for support?
A:
Techbridge Girls is hiring a Volunteer Engagement Manager that is expected to start in early October. Until then, please send all questions to eyhn@techbridgegirls.org which is monitored on a regular basis. Responses will be made within 72 hours.

 

Q:
Can we still use the EYH name, brand, and logo?
A:
Conferences will still be able to use the EYH name this year. However, conferences that receive funding through Techbridge Girls will be asked to use the co-branded logo to represent the collective organization. Going forward, Techbridge Girls will provide an update on branding in the summer of 2020.

 

Q:
I need help raising funds for my conference, can TBG support this?
A:
Techbridge Girls will host a variety of educational webinars and fundraising will be one of them. In the meantime, individuals should ensure they are registered in EYHN database so they are informed about fundraising opportunities. In addition, Techbridge Girls staff, will reach out directly for opportunities that become available.

OPERATIONS

Q:
Can we get help with insurance, such as event insurance?
A:
Unfortunately TBG cannot extend insurance coverage to your particular conference. However, most conferences should have other options available through their existing nonprofit 501(c)3 partner/sponsor (e.g. a local college or university, or perhaps an AAUW chapter). If you’d like further assistance in exploring other options, please contact us at eyhn@techbridgegirls.org.

 

Q:
We need a new nonprofit 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor so we can continue to receive donations and apply for grants. What are our options?
A:
There are a variety of fiscal sponsorship options. Your best bet is usually a local college, university, or affinity group like the AAUW. Techbridge Girls is currently piloting a fiscal sponsorship program with a few conferences, but unfortunately cannot take on any other conferences at this time. If you’d like to discuss your options further, please contact us at eyhn@techbridgegirls.org.

 

Q:
Can you help my conference fundraise?
A:
Techbridge Girls will host a variety of educational webinars and fundraising will be one of them. In the meantime, individuals should ensure they are registered with Techbridge Girls so they are informed about fundraising opportunities. In addition, Techbridge Girls staff will reach out directly for opportunities that become available.

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OTHER

Q:
How is Techbridge Girls different from Techbridge Inc.?
A:
Techbridge Girls (based in Oakland, CA) and Techbridge Inc. (based in Atlanta, GA) are two completely different nonprofit organizations with different missions. Techbridge Girls is the one working w/ EYH conferences.