Support The National Scholastic Chess Foundation

The NSCF provides quality chess instruction through curricular and enrichment programs across all grade levels in over thirty communities in southern New York and lower Connecticut. In addition, we provide teacher training to equip school districts and community organizations in opening free or low-cost chess programs in cities across the United States. Your contribution will help the NSCF to continue providing these services at rates affordable to the diverse communities it serves.

In September 2017, Sunil will celebrate 40 years as a chess educator. Over his career he has had the pleasure of seeing many of his students go on to master level and above and to represent the US in chess competitions around the world. And he's had countless national champions, both team and individual. But even more important are the students who have gone on to success in college and in life who reach out to him to tell him how studying chess was instrumental in their later success. Our 40th Anniversary Appeal is focused on helping to package up what Sunil has figured out by trial and error so that countless more students can benefit from scholastic chess.

NSCF curriculum development programs are helping to expand the use of chess to improve outcomes in American education.

Over the past three years, the NSCF has developed and piloted a teacher training program comprised of two eight-hour workshops and additional online support. Over 400 teachers in schools and community programs in Broward County, Florida have completed at least one workshop. Dozens of free chess programs in schools, summer camps and other centers serving young people have opened throughout the county. Click the blue link to read a short summary report on the Next Move Chess Initiative from June 2015 through December 2016. You can also click here to read the October 2014 to May 2015 report.

Your support will help us take this program to other communities across the nation. (We've already trained 30 teachers in Fresno County, California!)

In addition, Sunil and the NSCF team have been writing a new blended learning textbook that teaches chess and social studies. Entitled "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History," the goal of this project is to use chess to increase cultural literacy among middle school students. This book is in its final stages before going to print and will be released by Fall 2017!

We are now working on a new curriculum program to bring chess to early learners (pre-K and kindergarten).

Your support will help us grow these efforts. Thank you for your kind consideration.

The NSCF provides scholarships on the basis of need. You can help a child attend summer chess camp. A donation of $500 will send a student to camp for one week. 

The NSCF provides scholarships on the basis of need to help students participate in chess tournaments. You can help by sponsoring a child at a tournament. A donation of $50 will pay the entry fee for one NSCF chess tournament plus membership dues in the US Chess Federation for one year. A donation of $412 pays for 10 tournaments and a USCF membership for the same child.

The NSCF helps Title 1 schools provide curricular chess instruction for their students. You can help schools in low-income areas offer chess as a means of improving educational outcomes. A donation of $5,000 covers the cost of 20 weeks of chess instruction (teacher plus materials) to two classes in a grade level. You can contribute all or a portion of the cost.

The NSCF, in partnership with the Broward Education Foundation, has created the Next Move chess program to introduce chess in schools and in community programs. You can help establish a chess club at a Title 1 school. Your donation of $500 will cover the cost of 2 full day workshops for a teacher or a volunteer to be able to lead the club. Each workshop includes curriculum and content support, including online resources for the teacher.

Double Your Impact. Your $500 donation becomes $1,000 through a matching grant from the State of Florida (valid through June 30, 2017). 

The NSCF is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions are 100% tax deductible. All donations will be acknowledged.


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