Did you know that FIRST Chesapeake relies upon the generosity of its donors and sponsors to raise approximately 85% of its total operating budget each year? By giving directly to FIRST Chesapeake, you will be assured that 100% of your donation will help bring valuable STEM-based leadership programs and robotics competitions to youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  Students who participate in our programs are 90% more likely to go to college and 85% more likely to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). VirginiaFIRST dba FIRST Chesapeake is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent provided by current IRS Tax laws and regulations. Donations may also be mailed to: FIRST Chesapeake, 2101 Maywill St, Richmond, VA 23230.
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Would you like for your employer to match your donation? Go here to see if your company participates in a matching gift program.

Are you interested is learning more about how your volunteer hours can translate into cash for FIRST Chesapeake through Dollars for Doers? Go to this page to see if your employer participates, or for help designating FIRST Chesapeake as your employer’s giving program beneficiary.

SPONSORSHIPS A generous and extensive network of corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations, and individuals support FIRST Chesapeake. Through the resources they provide, our Sponsors are helping FIRST Chesapeake inspire young people to become the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals. We cultivate innovative collaborations and strategic partnerships with corporations that share our vision “to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” This support, including financial contributions, in-kind donations, employee volunteerism and mentoring, provides vital resources to FIRST Chesapeake and its programs. FIRST Chesapeake sponsorship opportunities include:                                                                                    
  • Financial Sponsorship of programs and strategic initiatives
  • In-kind donations of parts, equipment of facilities
  • Scholarships & Internships for students
  • Employee Engagement
FIRST Chesapeake sponsorship benefits include:
  • Strengthening your company reputation in the community
  • Recognition at FIRST programs and events
  • Creating a pipeline for interns and future employees
  • Rich employee volunteer opportunities
  • Provides renewed inspiration to company engineers and employees
  • Provides employee team building and training opportunities and increases positive feelings for employers
FIRST Chesapeake Corporate Sponsors come from industries of all shapes and sizes. All of our sponsors are critical to building our programs that engage students in meaningful STEM education, and we are grateful to each one for their unique contributions.

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For information regarding corporate sponsorships, click here or contact Scott Turnbull, Executive Director/Chief Fundraising Officer, at [email protected].

To learn more about ways to support FIRST LEGO League Challenge program in Maryland, click here.

To learn more about ways to support FIRST LEGO League Explore and Challenge programs in Virginia and DC, click here.