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Our supporters provide financial assistance to IGNITE and help us reach more girls.









 
How your donations help:
$80Support one IGNITE girl for one year
$200Support an IGNITE panel discussion
$400Support an IGNITE field trip to tour a college or company campus
$500Help start an IGNITE school chapter
$8,000Provide funding for an IGNITE school and 100 girls
 

Invest today in inspiring girls to become future STEM leaders!

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Are you a corporate sponsor who is interested in sponsoring IGNITE?
Contact us for more information!
  • Platinum Sponsor – $25,000 per year
  • Gold Sponsor – $15,000 per year
  • Silver Sponsor – $10,000 per year
  • Bronze Sponsor – $5,000 per year
  • Chapter Sponsor – $1,800 one time
  • Friends of IGNITE – any amount
  • Supports up to 330 IGNITE girls for one school year
  • Corporate named scholarship awarded each year to one IGNITE recipient
  • Corporate logo placed predominately on IGNITE website as a platinum sponsor
  • Corporate logo and promotion on IGNITE student hand-outs
  • Corporate logo and promotion on IGNITE volunteer and student sign-in sheets
  • Corporate promotion on IGNITE social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • One seat on the IGNITE board of directors – member-at-large
  • One national press release per year co-promoting the IGNITE program and results of sponsorship support
  • Web promotion and listings of corporate sponsor’s technology events, opportunities and careers
  • Options for joint hosted events at corporate sponsor’s location
  • Invitation to IGNITE sponsored events for community outreach

  • Supports up to 200 IGNITE girls for one school year
  • Corporate logo placed on IGNITE website as a gold sponsor
  • Corporate logo and promotion on IGNITE student hand-outs
  • Corporate logo and promotion on IGNITE volunteer and student sign-in sheets
  • Corporate promotion on IGNITE social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • One national press release per year co-promoting the IGNITE program and results of sponsorship support
  • Web promotion and listings of corporate sponsor’s technology events, opportunities and careers
  • Options for joint hosted events at corporate sponsor’s location
  • Invitation to IGNITE sponsored events for community outreach
  • Supports up to 130 IGNITE girls for one school year
  • Corporate logo placed predominately on IGNITE website as a silver sponsor
  • Corporate logo and promotion on IGNITE student hand-outs
  • Corporate promotion on IGNITE social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Web promotion and listings of corporate sponsor’s technology events, opportunities and careers
  • Options for joint hosted events at corporate sponsor’s location
  • Invitation to IGNITE sponsored events for community outreach

  • Supports up to 65 IGNITE girls for one school year
  • Corporate logo placed on IGNITE website as a bronze sponsor
  • Corporate logo and promotion on IGNITE student hand-outs
  • Options for joint hosted events at corporate sponsor’s location
  • Invitation to IGNITE sponsored events for community outreach
  • Fund the start of a new chapter. Includes training, IGNITE toolkit, materials, and chapter event coordination.

  • Help start a new IGNITE chapter in a local school
  • Corporate logo placed on IGNITE website as a chapter sponsor
  • Corporate promotion on IGNITE social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Invitation to IGNITE sponsored events for community outreach

  • Corporate logo placed on IGNITE website as Friend of IGNITE
  • Invitation to IGNITE sponsored events for community outreach

Our volunteers range from sharing their career journeys in technology to becoming regular mentors to inspire girls to explore opportunities in STEM.


“So many of these girls are like me. They are bright & curious, but so involved with trying just to make it that they can’t see all the opportunities available to them. IGNITE really makes a difference by helping them to see some of the things they might have missed.”
— Joanne Brandsma, Center of Excellence Program Manager, Microsoft  
“The stories of the women from Cisco and Microsoft who become successful despite their struggles being the only women in male-dominated fields reminded me of my own struggles to fit in at Ballard. My first thought was "Wow, they are just like me.” I was inspired by how they were able to work through their obstacles and succeed."
— Martha Flores, IGNITE student, University of Washington Read more about the latest events and how volunteers have made a difference in the lives of so many girls!
Whether you have 5 hours or 50 hours,
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IGNITE volunteer opportunities:

Panelists
The heart of IGNITE’s curriculum is in-school panel discussions featuring professional men and women in STEM careers sharing their career journey with a group of girls (anywhere from 20-100 students). Panelist responsibilities include:
  • Sessions are scheduled October – May during the school year.
  • Volunteer time is approximately 90 minutes including a lunch, not including travel time.
  • Panelists are asked to give a 10-minute talk about their own experience and there is an open Q&A session with the girls at the end.
  • Read IGNITE speaker preparation instructions for more detail
 
Guest Speakers
shutterstock_78253012 Professionals willing to provide solo talks to IGNITE chapters at a time of your choosing during the school day on a subject related to careers in science and technology. We typically plan for 60-90 minutes per session, not including travel time. Read IGNITE speaker preparation instructions for more detail.  
Mentors
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Company Field Trips
Microsoft-VolunteersIf your company is open to having field trip events - please contact us. We would love to partner to make that happen. Having girls visit companies in their communities is an important part of the program that inspires the girls, creates good community participation, and gives employees a chance to help girls in local schools. Learn more about how our Corporate Technology Partners work with IGNITE.  
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Chapter Champions
If an IGNITE chapter does not exist in your area, consider becoming a Chapter Champion to serve as the local liaison to establish a lasting IGNITE presence in a specific school district. Chapter Champion responsibilities include:
  • Meeting with school district officials or STEM educators
  • Assisting in or leading fundraising efforts (approximate startup costs for an IGNITE chapter are $1800)
  • Outreach to establish a base of local professionals to serve as panelists and speakers
 

The IGNITE program is award winning and effectively increases awareness and interest in STEM careers among girls.

Follow these simple steps to get started:

1. Pay for your annual IGNITE chapter membership:

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The annual membership fee is $2,500*

The fee includes:

  1. A guide book with access to electronic forms and templates that you can customize for your school's use
  2. Training and consulting with an IGNITE trainer to customize your in-school program to get your chapter started
  3. Ongoing support from an IGNITE trainer for your chapter
  4. Newsletter updates from IGNITE to highlight any events and activities done in your chapter
  5. A listing on the IGNITE website for for your chapter event reports and pictures to highlight your work
  6. Community and collaboration between IGNITE chapters for best practice learning and sharing
  7. Complete access to IGNITE member chapters, resources, and the industry community that continues to grow every day

*Chapter sponsorship and sliding scale available on case by case basis

Start your chapter now:

$ 2,500
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Donation Total: $2,500


2. Register your Chapter and member schools

Download and complete the Chapter Registration, and send to cathi@ignite-worldwide.org. You have 60 days to register your chapter once you pay your first member school registration fee.

3. Schedule a planning session

After you read the Toolkit, contact us to schedule a session and get a personalized plan designed to meet the specific needs of your member school.

IGNITE welcomes the opportunity to engage with corporate technology organizations in support of introducing girls to STEM careers through hands-on workshops, presentations, and field trips. As an IGNITE Corporate Event Partner, your employees will be involved in the excitement and awareness that is created during these events. The impact for many of the volunteers and girls is life-changing.


Following are ways in which our partners are involved:

Panel Presentation with an IGNITE Chapter School

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IGNITE will partner with your company to develop an opt-in program for employees to receive invitations to IGNITE events at a local school to participate as a panel member. Our invitations include all related information including logistics. Participants will receive a preparation flyer with instruction on how to best prepare for the event and should plan on 90 minutes for the duration. We can provide an in person training for employees upon execution of the partnership or a prep-call for those interested. The Panel Presentations typically take place over the lunch hour and food is provided for the students and panelists to enjoy together.


Technology Partner Field Trip

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As a Corporate Event Partner, you can host an IGNITE field trip at your location. IGNITE will transport 20-40 girls to your company for a 3-4 hour field trip. The model we have developed typically includes the following:

  • Corporate tour – Including a walk-through of the work environment and introduction to a showcase product or item that sets your company apart from others.
  • Panel Presentation – IGNITE will coordinate with you a hosted lunch just after the tour. The lunch will follow the presentation model as listed above. The essence of any IGNITE event is the girls hearing women’s stories.

Lunch is typically provided by the hosting company and can be as simple as pizza or sandwiches. This is a great way to involve your employees within their work environment and bring a broader awareness to the company as a whole. The women love the outreach to the girls in our community as well as gain a renewed appreciation for where they are in their career. It’s a win-win triumph; corporate awareness, professional women and recruits nurturing.


Corporate Partner Job Shadow Day

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IGNITE brings girls on-site to your location for a 3-4 hour job shadowing event. A typical schedule for a job shadowing day includes an introduction of the company by a corporate representative to the entire group. From there, girls break into teams with each employee and tour the work space then proceed into a more in-depth introduction to their guide’s role and responsibilities. Examples include attending a corporate meeting, a day-in-the-life of a tester, sitting in on a team collaboration event with team members in different locations, or a pair-programming session. After 60-90 minutes of group time, the groups reunite for lunch and panel discussion or general Q&A session. The model is flexible to adapt to your company’s environment. It’s an honor for a high school girl to get to do this type of event and can impact their lives forever.

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