Nordson Corporation Foundation
Improving Communities Through Educational Support
In April 2016, the Museum received a $5,000 grant award from Nordson Corporation to benefit our Access for All Scholarship Fund. By August, more than 250 low-income school children had benefited from the award, participating in eductional workshops on topics like Wildflower Science, Art of Science - Sea Turtles, Art of Science - Chicken Adaptations, and Chicken Life Cycle.
The Nordson Corporation Foundation operates on the belief that businesses, as a corporate citizen, has a social responsibility to share its success with the communities where it operates and draws employees. Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded over $50 million in grants. The Foundation is dedicated to improving our communities by supporting the continuum of education from birth to adulthood in the belief that education is the key for individuals to become self-sufficient, productive members of society. Through its grant-making, the Foundation supports organizations that directly or indirectly seek to maximze success before, during, and beyond the traditional classroom years.
Beyond providing financial assistance, employees from Nordson visited the Museum in August to spend the day beautifying our Welcome Garden. Supplying the materials and manpower, ten individuals landscaped the gardens with ecofriendly plants to provide an inviting registration area for school groups and camps, a sunny spot to have lunch, or a quiet space to take a break from playing in the Museum. SDCDM hosts a variety of educational programs throughout the year, including school field trips and camps, which align our mission with that of the Nordson Corporation Foundation. We were pleased to partner with them on this opportunity which provides an inviting and welcoming focal point to the Museum, and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.
Board of Directors and Path to Discovery Campaign
Long-time San Diego resident Susanne Stanford became involved with San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in 2011 after an introduction by fellow Board Member, Larry Zeiger. A self-described "global citizen," Susanne is a leading advocate of SDCDM's exhibits, programs, and initiatives, believing it is crucial for children to be exposed to, and experience world cultures, the arts, and science through hands-on learning. A long-time San Diego County resident, Susanne had largely focused her community involvement on arts, education, and legal organizations in the communities of La Jolla and downtown San Diego. After her introduction to the Museum, she spent some time getting to know Executive Director Javier Guerrero and Museum staff, learning their vision for the recently acquired larger facility. It was a vision Susanne could align with, and a perfect fit for her philanthropic focus.
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Learn more about volunteering with SDCDM. Volunteers work in almost every area of the Museum. Some lead exhibit demonstrations and school workshops, while others assist with general operations, lead as Board of Directors, or serve as information ambassadors.