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Dimensions Sciences Inc

Inspiring future scientists

aka Dimensions Sciences   |   Kailua Kona, HI   |  https://dimensionssciences.org/

Mission

Assist early-career scientists from underrepresented communities through mentoring programs and scholarships to promote diversity in the sciences to further equity, international collaboration, and innovative research

Ruling year info

2020

President

Marcia Fournier

Strategic Director

Bob Chapman

Main address

75-6081 Alii Dr apt OO101

Kailua Kona, HI 96740 USA

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EIN

84-3887400

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is known gap on inclusion of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the US and internationally. The struggle is real for racial minorities, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. For instance, students from humble beginnings are 46% more likely to exit the educational stage when family income plummets, a stark contrast to their affluent counterparts. Innovation in the STEM fields is proven to catalyze economic growth locally and globally.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

DS Bridges

DS Bridges provides scholarships for minority and underrepresented scientists in the United States with a master’s degree or higher who are conducting research in their field but are not currently being compensated or subsidized for their work. All of our scholars participate in our Dimensions Sciences Advice, Coaching, Training, and Support (DS ACTS) mentoring program, which offers one-on-one mentoring, a variety of career-related workshops, and life coaching.

The DS Bridges scholarship provides financial and mentoring support from a professional network of scientists to create opportunities for early-career scientists to advance to the next level of their careers. As a result of the program, skilled scientists are supported as they gain further experience in their field, thus adding to a skilled workforce among industry organizations and academic institutions.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
LGBTQ people
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

The Nova Dimensão (New Dimensions) Award honors a selected doctoral thesis focused on innovation and entrepreneurship by a woman in biotechnology in Brazil. This award, dedicated to women in science, is possible due to the partnership between Dimensions Sciences and Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).

Each year in Brazil, about 20,000 doctoral theses are produced. Among them, approximately 1,000 theses are preselected by graduate programs, based exclusively on scientific merit, to compete for the CAPES Doctoral Thesis Award (Premio CAPES de Tese). For the first time in the history of the award, in 2020, the New Dimensions award added a category honoring Brazilian women scientists.

Population(s) Served
Women
Women

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Nova Dimensao

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We no longer track this metric.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Award and scholarship recipients

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarship recipients actively participating in workshops or programs.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We did not track this metric prior to 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to support highly innovative research that has the potential to catalyze economic growth locally and globally. We will fund disadvantaged and underrepresented communities who demonstrated academic excellence to perform innovative research in the US and abroad through scholarship and mentoring programs. As a result, we anticipate fostering the inclusion of minorities in science in the US and abroad, helping to generate a qualified diverse work force globally. By focusing on disruptive research our programs aim to catalyze emerging technologies and bring new discoveries to market or to the patient's bedside.

We believe science is important because it helps us answer questions that have the power to invoke positive changes in the world. Dimensions Science is a group of people invested in fostering talented students from underrepresented backgrounds with ideas for potential solutions to challenging scientific problems that can impact our society.

PROGRAM #1: BRIDGES, addressing income gaps and advancing equal opportunities.
The Bridges program supports scientists in times of career transition or in periods with gaps in income, so they can dedicate themselves to science with secured income from scholarships, grants, and/or employment in scientific careers. The program contributes to the expansion of diversity and inclusion in scientific careers, since the selection of candidates takes into account ethnic-racial indicators, gender, sexual orientation, maternity and socioeconomic status.

PROGRAM #2: NEW DIMENSION, supporting women in science in biotechnology.
The New Dimension award honors the best doctoral thesis produced by female scientists in Brazil in biotechnology fields, in partnership with the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).

PROGRAM #3: SCIENTISTA, award for Brazilian women scientists in the U.S.
With the ScientistA award, Dimension Sciences with its partners celebrates the astounding contributions Brazilian women are making to sciences at US academic institutions and companies. The award focuses on highly motivated female post-doc scientists from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds, working in projects in the life sciences or medical sciences field.

PROGRAM #4: THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, advancing the cause through education and influence.
In the realm of social impact, thought leadership stands as a powerful catalyst for positive change. It's not merely about having innovative ideas; it's about actively sharing them to inspire, educate, and mobilize others towards a common good. With our thought leadership programs, Dimensions Sciences aspires to ignite conversations, challenge norms, and drive meaningful action for positive change.

A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM AND PARTNERS
Dimensions Sciences built a multidisciplinary team. Our multidisciplinary team are 100% volunteers committed to helping the field of inclusion of minorities in science and education. We take our convictions and turn them into action. We have attracted an international team of business and scientific advisors helping us to develop our scholarship programs and identify opportunities and unmet need areas for investment. We are also growing partnerships with the industry and universities to enhance our capabilities.

HOW WE WILL MEET OUR GOALS
In addition to grassroots fundraising, grants and partnering, we aim to creating an endowment fund to support our programs. The investment, withdrawal, and usage policy are currently being developed. The funds will be designated by a governing board of our organization. We are raising funds from individual donors as well as from private institutions and foundations whose aim is to leave a legacy and provide for the long-term fostering of multiple generations of minorities in science globally.

In the first year of the organization: We received a 501(c)(3) status in record time, 2) quickly raised our first $50K in funding, a generous grant from the JP Morgan Charitable Giving, 3) recruited high qualified professional team of 12 volunteers - this is in addition to multiple student interns and other volunteers, 4) launched a grass root networking campaign, and 4) funded multiple scholarship and mentoring programs.

2023 was a successful year for Dimensions Sciences, our scholars and awards recipients, and our partners and volunteer members. Our programs drove measurable results for scientists of diverse backgrounds, and helped advance our mission to promote equity, international collaboration, and innovative research.

The highlights:

Conducted a Bridges Program, helping address income gaps and advance equal opportunities for scientists of diverse backgrounds. Dimensions Sciences sponsored seven scholar and conducted a digital summit event.

Provided a New Dimension Award, supporting women in biotechnology. Dimension Sciences provided the award to Dr. Juliane Correia Gloria, PhD from Universidade Federal do Amazonas.

Initiated the ScientistA Award submission process, aimed at supporting Brazilian women scientists in the U.S. The award is to be presented in 2024.

Raised awareness through digital channels, helping advance our cause. Dimension Sciences had guest appearances at major TV networks, and we drove insights via our own events and digital channels.

We continued to make solid progress attracting strong volunteers, and building our brand. We launched a new website experience at DimensionsSciences.org

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dimensions Sciences Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marcia Fournier

Dimensions Sciences

Term: 2019 -

Marcia Fournier

Dimensions Sciences

Bob Chapman

Dimensions Sciences

Marcio Alves Ferreira

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rachel Fleck

Dimensions Sciences

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Non-binary, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/01/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.