Our local community of Thousand Oaks has recently been through some incredibly challenging and heart-wrenching events. Those who were directly impacted by those events will not have the resources to contribute this year, and many others have donated to support those in dire need.
One Spark Academy has been a lifeline to many families whose children need a nurturing place to land. And, we continue to need our community’s support to provide the learning experiences our students need.
For the past six years, our year-end online campaign has helped us with critical operating funds. Whether by way of a small or large tax-deductible gift, every single donor helps us by giving what they can. We are grateful.
Our goal for this year’s giving campaign is $15,000 raised between November 24, 2018, to February 1, 2019. Here’s how we will use our donations this year:
Fill in for our temporary shortfall. Last year, 29 successful kids left our program – it was the most we’ve ever sent off. We were “top heavy” last year: 17 students were 8th graders moving to high school, four were already in high school moving to college, three moved away, and others went to local middle schools. Due to our space limitations at the Teen Center, we were at capacity last year and turned away new students. Therefore, we had to rebuild our student body this year; we started the year with the most new students we’ve ever had, but we’re still rebuilding.
Purchase much-need supplies.
Pay for three OSA teacher chaperones to attend our outdoor program in the Olympic Peninsula, WA, in April 2019.
Provide a few scholarships for students-in-need to take additional classes they couldn’t afford otherwise, as well as participate in enriching activities.
Scroll down to learn more about this campaign and why we need to fundraise.
Why We Aren’t Running A Crowdfunding Campaign This Year
Generosity, where we ran our campaign for the past several years, has converted to GoFundMe for non-profits. Right now, GoFundMe is being used almost entirely for those raising money for the families devastated by the Borderline Shooting in our town, the Woolsey Fire, and the Camp Fire in northern California. We support those efforts.
Crowdfunding platforms charge up to 9% for the service, although less for non-profits. By hosting here, 100% of your funds go directly to support One Spark Academy. The only loss is from credit card transactions.
Crowdfunding platforms distribute either monthly or when the campaign ends. By hosting here, your donations are available to One Spark Academy right away.
Any donation of $25 or more will have their name included on our donor list (below), and receive a personal letter from us, emailed by March 1, 2019. Donors can also choose to remain anonymous. Contribution amounts will not be included.
About Us, and Why We Need YOU
If you’re here, then you already know the value of One Spark Academy, or you know someone who does. But to give you some background, One Spark Academy was founded in 2011 with one mission in mind: to give kids who need something different a path to a great education. We’re a small learning center for middle-school aged kids (and older) who, for a variety of reasons, don’t fare well in traditional settings. We receive NO state funding, nor are we independently wealthy. We rely on registration fees and donations to do what we love to do: teach kids well! We have never charged families what it actually costs to run OSA. That is why we became a 501(c)(3)non-profit, and that is why we are asking for YOUR help.
Learn more about us! For the FAQs of our program, go here. To see some of the awesome classes we offer, go here. To read about our annual outdoor adventure, go here.
PERK #1: OSA Family Donation
For a donation of $200 or more, you can choose to receive a copy of our beautiful, full-color 2018-2019 Memory Book (yearbook), available in May 2019. (Value: $40) Just note your request when you check out.
Here’s How You Can Help
Help us reach $15,000 by donating whatever you can afford to this campaign before February 1, 2019. Your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! Many companies also have partner matching. Consider your donation an investment in the future of our community. You never know who will need us– your child, a neighbor’s, a friend’s, a co-worker’s.
Ask a family member to donate on your behalf. Maybe your child wants the “gift of giving” this holiday season by making a donation to OSA!
Shop on Amazon Smile. Same Amazon, but a small % goes back to your charity of choice. To sign up, enter One Spark Foundation Inc (Newbury Park).
Perk #2: Community Event Donation
For a donation of $500 or more, you can choose to receive two tickets to our Spring “Ignite a Spark” Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th, at Art Trek. (Value: $140) Just note your request when you check out.
Thank You to Our Donors! (Will be Updated Frequently)
(This list also includes our “Friends of One Spark” Sustaining Donors)
The Baker Family Dr. Steve Yoshinaga The Leard Family Lori Peters & Todd Geist Kathy Volz Roger & Teresa Debruno
Ron & Connie Peters
Steven & Cyndy Rodgers
Tom Stough & Robin Lindsey
Randy & Susan Peters
Helle Rasmussen Michele & Mark Fegley
Marie Peters Jenni Buchanan
Dave & Shannon Gilbertson
Lui De la Parra
The Scheu Family
The Chang Family
The Gublet Family
Katherine & Edgar Cayce
Laura & Hernan Erlig
Carol & Phillip Schenkler
Alan & Cindy
Hui Hoon Khor
Donna & Keith Langley
Sam & Kathy Azuara
Jeanette Hosek Don & Cecile LaVoie
Jack & Lorie Saunders
Rhonda & John Kwiatkowski