Quality Rubric for STEM Philanthropy

Quality STEM Program Information

This rubric aims to help companies gauge the quality of their philanthropic efforts to boost learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The rubric aligns with a set of common “Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.” Together, the Principles and Rubric aim to provide a framework for corporate engagement that measurably improves the STEM performance of our nation’s young people.

Use this Rubric to guide your judgment. It can help you ask the right questions of partners or grantees and to give structure to your analysis of STEM learning programs. Because STEM learning programs vary greatly in their purpose or focus, many very worthy programs might not measure up on every point in the Rubric. Still, it is important to pay careful attention to the whole Rubric as you review your entire portfolio of investments in STEM learning. Companies whose efforts routinely fail to meet many of the Design Principles are not likely to contribute to solving one of our nation’s most pressing problems: our young people’s lagging performance in STEM