Dear patron of the art,
We are pleased to inform you about a one-for-one challenge matching grant to encourage new donors to join in the VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Foundation’s work. This matching grant has been generously underwritten by the Parker Foundation up to a total of $15,000.
While there are numerous organizations in San Diego that provide arts education programming, it is the school district that is responsible for providing a standards-based, sequential arts education for all students, and providing the resources and infrastructure that makes this happen. With the creation of the VAPA Foundation, the district intends to advocate for more community resources and distribute these resources in a more strategic, coherent, and powerful way to improve the quality, equity, and access of arts education throughout the district. There is no other organization that exists that can coordinate resources at this level and scale.
The VAPA Foundation recognizes not everyone can help right now. But for those who can, there is no time more important than now to give. The VAPA Foundation is in a crucial phase of growing its capacity to do its work so please make your donation by July 31, 2021 to qualify for the match. School events, education programs, and collaborations are only possible through the generosity of patrons like you.
YOU SHOP. AMAZONSMILE DONATES.
Other Ways to Give
The IRS provides one of its most significant tax breaks for donations of appreciated securities.
If you prefer, you can make a donation by sending a check to:
6735 Gifford Way
Linda Vista, CA, 92111
Please include a note with any special instructions that you would like us to follow when processing your donation.
If you would like to donate over the phone, please call us at (858) 256-2700 between 9:00AM–5:00PM PST. If you’re calling outside of our business hours, or if no one is available to take your call, please leave a message with the best time to call you back.
For assistance sending funds by wire transfer, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Adding VAPA Foundation to your will is a wonderful way to leave a legacy and impact the lives of children in low income countries for generations to come. If you are interested in naming VAPA Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, please designate the following: “, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of California, with its principal place of business address at 6735 Gifford Way, Linda Vista, CA 92111.” Our tax ID number is 82-2426256.
In-kind donations are critical to our success. VAPA Foundation relies on supporters’ generous contributions of new art supplies and materials and pro-bono services in order to enhance our programs and maximize the efficiency of our work. Due to the varied needs and requirements of each school, we evaluate each gift-in-kind opportunity on a case by case basis. If you are interested in In-kind donations, please contact Michael Angelo Camacho, Executive Administrator, at (858) 256-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to accept your frequent flyer miles in the form of award tickets. Please take a moment to complete the Pledge to Donate Frequent Flyer Mileage Award Ticket Online Form. Your donation of an award ticket will help keep our overhead costs low and continue to direct much-needed funds directly to our programs.
You can help VAPA Foundation through matching gift or workplace giving programs. This can also be a great benefit to your company’s PR and employee/employer relations. Your company may already have existing corporate matching and workplace giving programs in place. If so, it may be as simple as checking with your HR Department to ensure your company is set up to match donations or support workplace giving.
Your company can support VAPA Foundation through cause marketing, a mutually beneficial partnership through which your company donates a portion of proceeds from product sales. This model is easily sustainable – as your company grows, so does your social impact. If you are interested in a cause marketing partnership, please contact Michael Angelo Camacho, Executive Administrator, at (858) 256-2700 or email@example.com.
Art Supplies Campaign
Thank you for supporting visual art students in San Diego Unified. We need to raise as much as $500,000 to purchase art supplies--crayons, watercolors, markers, scissors, paper and glue sticks--for our elementary students and specialty items for our secondary students during COVID-19 distance learning this fall.Please check out our Amazon wish list
First Grade Students From Johnson Stem Elementary
2018 VEP funding was awarded to First-grade teacher Judy Johnson at Johnson STEM Elementary. Ms. Johnson learned to play the ukulele through the free 2018 summer teacher training at Guitars in the Classroom. She received VEP funding to purchase 24 ukuleles for her students. Unfortunately, Ms. Johnson developed terminal cancer late in the fall and did not live to see her students learn the ukulele. Guitars in the Classroom stepped in to assist and sent a teaching artist to the classroom to teach the newly assigned teacher and all of Ms. Johnson's students how to play their ukuleles. Music skills can help build student learning success across curricula.
Please donate today to help us increase funding so even more teachers can create arts enrichment and unique arts education projects for their students.
Teacher Val Simons & Her Class Thank You!
Education Specialist, Val Simons, MA ESE, received one of the VAPA Foundation’s 14 inaugural awards.
With it she purchased a karaoke machine and ukulele wall mounts for her classroom. The karaoke machine enables her students that have communication challenges to practice speaking with the microphone. The wall mounts allow Val to safely and beautifully store the ukuleles she uses with SDUSD’s Guitars in the Classroom program; a program that helps Val use music to teach across her entire curriculum.
Thank You to Our Partners
We've made it possible for our partners to provide teachers unique arts enhancement experiences that are beyond the regular budget of SDUSD. We’ve also made it possible for them to fund Honor Concerts, Fiddle Fest and Copland House collaboration; These are all important education programs that benefit SDUSD students.