Make a Donation

The BNSTEM Initiative is a 501(c)-3 and welcomes monetary donations of any amount.  The initiative is also currently accepting donations of many home/office items that can be repurposed for classroom STEM experiences. We welcome your generosity, but please be sure that all donated items are properly washed, clean, safe, and non-toxic before donating. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (309)585-1559. Thanks for partnering with us to make McLean County a premier location for STEM education.  If you have some of these items available or are interested in making a monetary donation, please send an email to or complete the form below with applicable information.


Around the House Office Supplies
Bottle caps


Small metal boxes (from Altoids, Band-Aids, spices, etc.)

Wire (telephone, craft, floral, all gauges)

CDs and cases

Egg cartons

Tennis ball canisters

Tubes for posters and mailing

Shoe boxes

Baby food jars

Bolts & nuts

Cardboard tubes (toilet paper, paper towel)

Pringles containers

Plastic containers AND lids (Tupperware, yogurt, sour cream, etc.)

Jars with/without lids

Aluminum foil

Plastic soda bottles (all sizes)

File folders

Rubber bands

Business cards

Coffee stirrers

Brass fasteners

Drinking straws

Tubing and hoses

Dowel rods

Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, craft sticks


Craft paper (construction, cardstock, origami, scrapbooking)

Playing cards

Pipe cleaners


Please note: We cannot accept anything that has been in contact with or exposed to mold, mildew, mice, insects or other pests, hazardous chemicals, poisons, and possible allergens such as peanuts or peanut products. We may also decline donations if we do not have room to store it or do not think it could be of use to teachers.