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Who We Are

The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U.S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.

For more than 30 years MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular opportunities to students and free, high-quality resources to educators. Every child is unique, but we believe all children are capable of seeing the beauty and joy of math, whether they come to us already passionate about math, or intimidated by it.

There are many paths to math. We work to ensure that all students discover theirs.

What We Do

Through three distinct programs, we empower middle school students of all ability levels and backgrounds to reach their full potential in mathematics.

We cultivate talent in the nation's brightest young minds through the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. We bring together students from all 50 states in a series of in-person contests - the only competition program of its kind.

We inspire curiosity and build confidence in students of all levels through The National Math Club. We help create a space where learning math is fun, social and supportive, so that every student becomes a lifelong math learner.                                   

We engage students in project-based learning that is innovative and creative through the Math Video Challenge. By having student teams create their own math teaching videos, we enable students to connect and apply math to their own lives, and teach others in the process.          


  • Change the Equation has recognized MATHCOUNTS as having one of the nation's most effective STEM learning programs, listing the Math Video Challenge as an Accomplished Program in STEMworks.
  • At the 2013 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, 325 MATHCOUNTS students, coaches and volunteers set a Guinness World Record for the fastest time to create a human formation of the first 25 rows of Pascal's Triangle. The task was completed in just 6 minutes, 16.57 seconds.


  • MATHCOUNTS has been recognized in White House ceremonies by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ronald W. Reagan.
  • The MATHCOUNTS Foundation has received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative.
  • During the 2011 BoardSource Leadership Forum, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation was awarded Honorable Mention in the Prudential Leadership Awards for Outstanding Nonprofit Boards.
  • MATHCOUNTS has been recognized on the National Association of Secondary School Principals National List of Approved Contests, Programs and Activities for Students for 2017-2018.
  • MATHCOUNTS has received the Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence.
  • Charity Navigator has recognized MATHCOUNTS as a three-star charity, indicating the Foundation "exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its Cause."


Financial Information 

Click here to download a copy of our 990 form.

Click here to download our audited financial statements.

Click here to download our 2016-2017 Annual Report.