Frequently Asked Questions
Why donate to the Buchanan Bird Brains?
Team 1671 spends hours volunteering and doing outreach within our community to make the Central Valley into a hub for technology and business.
We want to give every child the opportunity to participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) programs such as the FIRST® Robotics Competition, but we can’t do it alone – we need your help to spread the word by volunteering your time, money, or services.
Anything you give goes back into the community to help every child achieve success.
How do I make a donation?
Our leaders will quickly send out the latest version of our sponsor packet so you can learn more about our team, our benefits, and what the money will be used for in depth.
Please make checks payable to Buchanan High School – Robotics.
How are these funds used/distributed?
Tools and Equipment – $2,500
Outreach – $3,000
Offseason Tournaments – $6,000
First Regional Competition – $16,200
Second Regional Competition – $4,800
FIRST® Robotics World Championship – $41,000
TOTAL – $81,000
Do donations need to be monetary?
Not all donations have to be monetary; if you (or someone you are in contact with) have experience in Computer Aided Design, Programming, Engineering, Graphic Design, or Media we would love to have you mentor our team. We also appreciate if you have contacts who may be willing to help us spread our message to the community, or fundraise.
Donations of building materials (such as steel, aluminium, etc) are also hugely appreciated!
How do sponsors benefit?
Along with the sponsor benefits listed below, we also regularly invite our sponsors to our shop and events so they can always see what their donation has gone towards. Sponsors are also added onto our mailing list, where they will receive weekly emails during our build season and after competition events.
Are donations tax deductable?
Yes! The Buchanan Bird Brains are registered as a nonprofit 501-C(3) organization. Our tax ID number is ID#77-0318880.
Do you offer sponsor tours?
Yes! Our shop is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm at the Buchanan High School Energy And Environmental Research Center. If you are interested in seeing our team in action at our workshop, please schedule an appointment with our director of sponsor relations or contact us.