PLTW Selected as One of America’s Top 100 Performing Nonprofits

INDIANAPOLIS (December 4, 2012) - A new index of nonprofit organizations features Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as one of the nonprofits having the highest impact in the United States. The Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100 Index, similar to the S&P 500, is the first-ever, broad index of U.S. nonprofits, selected on proof of results and a high potential to reach even more individuals. Founded in November 2012, the S&I 100 is a comprehensive list of top-preforming, evidence-based nonprofits with the goal of giving donors and foundations the confidence that they are contributing to organizations that consistently deliver impact.

“Right now, donors have no easy way of knowing which nonprofits are truly effective at helping people in need, which means that few charitable dollars are going to those programs that can do the most good,” said Alex Rossides, president of the Social Impact Exchange. “The S&I 100 changes that. By taking the guesswork out of giving, the S&I 100 has the potential to transform individual philanthropy the same way the S&P 500 changed investing for individual investors.”

PLTW provides STEM educational curricular programs to students in over 4,700 middle and high schools in all 50 states. Through world-class curriculum (Gateway To Technology for middle school students and Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences for high school students); high-quality professional development that trains over 3,000 teachers each year; and an engaged network of teachers, administrators, university educators, policy makers, and business and industry professionals, PLTW is the nation’s premier STEM education organization.

“Being recognized by the Social Impact Exchange as a top 100 nonprofit is a huge honor,” said Arvetta Jideonwo, PLTW vice president and director of grant development. “Support from sponsors and funders helps Project Lead The Way fulfill its mission, which is to prepare students for the global economy, ensuring that they have the skills and knowledge to be the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders.”

The 100 nonprofits selected were rigorously screened for evidence or impact through third-party studies, which are available to donors on the S&I 100 website, and the ability to increase the number of those served if donors contributed to the organization. Donors who visit the site are able to search for high performing nonprofits in the issue areas and locations they care about most. Once a nonprofit is selected, the S&I 100 allows donors to give directly to the organization in just a few steps.

To find out more about the S&I 100, visit www.SI100.org.