The donors in our community each come with their own reasons: some are alumni who are passing the torch, others focus on the transformational power of a five-week summer immersion as a high-impact use of their dollars. No matter what brings you here, we're happy to have you!
Whenever we make charitable giving decisions, we want to know that our dollars are effective. Let's take a look behind the scenes.
Mathcamp is a stable, thriving organization. Our students and staff return to the program year after year. Over the last decade, 53% of our students came for 2+ years, and 15% came for 3+ years. Even more remarkable: 50% of our staff returned for 2+ years, and 35% returned for 3+ years. (Our Directors and year-round staff have been with Mathcamp for an average of 18 years each!) We are honored that our donors give year after year as well. That consistent participation across the board puts Mathcamp on a steady course.
Individual donors and family foundations play a huge role in Mathcamp's base of support. Here's a breakdown of our source of revenue over the last 17 years: the green is camper tuition (currently set at $900/week, with generous financial aid widely available), and the blue is community donations (which climbed from $30,000 in FY02 to $343,144 in FY18).
Donations of all sizes play a role in that blue column. With a broad base of donors, most of them alumni giving back to the program, small gifts add up and have an impact together. At the same time, Mathcamp is ready to make efficient and effective use of larger gifts to have a profound effect right away.
Why give? Because Mathcamp is small enough to appreciate the impact of each donation, but big enough to be enduring.
Mathcamp has had a steady size for the last several years of exactly 120 students per year (with one recent exception!), and the student body each year is approximately 75% U.S., 10% Canadian, 15% international students. The gender balance has been gradually shifting over time: in 2010, camp was about 26% girls, 74% boys; as of 2019, the program is 47% girls, 1% non-binary students, and 52% boys. You can see the shift in every classroom.
Curious to read more statistics? Check out our Summary Sheet with recent data about camp.
The campers are absolutely as curious, creative, and kind as ever. They take the mathematics at Mathcamp very seriously, diving into both fundamental subjects (like Linear Algebra and Group Theory) and active areas of research (like Cluster Algebras and Algebraic Geometry). We continue to offer a mix of interactive lectures, by-discovery courses, and projects, and recently have added new academic experiences like evening talks in the dedicated Academics Lounge.
The students also take the "camp" part of Mathcamp to heart: they stay cool with liquid nitrogen ice cream, solve evil math problems at relays, do a day-long puzzle hunt, write the yearbook, and sing the alma mater, “Nonabelian,” at the talent show. Each summer, campers (and staff) find unusual ways to surprise one another with new ideas (and mischief): this year, the main lounge occasionally turned into a crime scene (complete with blue tape outlines on the floor), and a mysterious Haberdasher devised a puzzle with origami hats. And, borrowing an element of more traditional camp life, we took advantage of the fireplace in the main lounge to make s’mores and tell stories.
Why give? Because Mathcamp is delivering a consistent, impactful five-week experience of mathematics and community to students, and at the same time finding ways to evolve.
To really understand the magic of Mathcamp, it's best to hear it directly from the campers.
“ I never imagined what a significant part of my life Mathcamp would become. Since my first summer, Mathcamp has been my home. The students and staff at Mathcamp are all incredibly interesting, open-minded, energetic, fun-loving, and passionate about math. Here, I can truly be myself and trust that I will be accepted and understood. ”
Caitlin C., Mathcamp 2019
“ I wish I had found out about Mathcamp many years before I did. I expected to learn a lot of math. I did. What I did not expect to find was a vibrant and loving community of interesting people that I know will stay with me for a very long time and to which I cannot wait to return. ”
Gautam M., Mathcamp 2019
“ I loved Mathcamp so much! It truly was a community where I felt like I belong since I was able to express my passion for math at any time. ”
Jojo S., Mathcamp 2019
“ I expected Mathcamp to be fun and interesting, but I found it more than that. Mathcamp is where you learn a lot of Math while creating a new and amazing family. ”
Hermon K., Mathcamp 2019
Why give? Because Mathcamp changes the lives of incredible kids from all walks of life.
Thank you so much for your support.