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The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   52 reviews 2,313

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Portland OR 97239 USA

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The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a nonprofit charity providing support so that children are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

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503-206-6400
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1 person found this review helpful

Dreaming Zebra has been such a huge blessing for our family! Our son plays In the local band and we have been paying fees for him to participate in the band along with high rental fees for the instrument rental. Playing music is our son's greatest passion and we have not been in a financial position where we could afford for him to continue in the band. Due to the compassion and care of the Dreaming Zebra foundation our son has been able to remain in the band and focus on improving his skills. He has been going through major medical issues with his heart and being able to remain in music lessons has given him some thing bright in his life to focus on. The staff at Dreaming Zebra have helped us financially but have also been an amazing emotional support to us during this time. Dreaming Zebra made an investment towards my son's future that will last throughout his lifetime. Thank you for supporting this organization and helping to provide music and art education to the youth of this generation!

 
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I teach at the alternative high school in Flint MI. My annual buget for art supplies was $178, which I have yet to see. I have aggressively been searching for support for my program. Of all the kids, in the country, alternative kids needs the arts the most. The arts help my students find inner confidence to reinvent themselves and find real success. This has been made possible through Dawne and the awesome support of the Dreaming Zebra Foundation--I am passionately searching for supplies and she is passionately searching for programs like mine. She is so great to work with, she asks so many great questions to help me prioritize my needs and she has been so kind, excited about the work and professional! THANK YOU DREAMING ZEBRA!

 
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The Resource Center of Somerset reached out to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation to request art supplies for the children we work with who have been traumatized after witnessing domestic violence in their home. The Resource Center of Somerset provides emergency shelter to families who are leaving a dangerous living situations. To address the needs of the children in the safe house, a Residential Youth Program was started. This program will be providing crisis-based counseling services for children of all ages, which includes art-based counseling activities. The primary goal of these services is to assist children in healing from the impact domestic violence has had on their families. As such, art supplies are greatly needed. All of these items donated by the Dreaming Zebra Foundation will be used during both individual and group counseling sessions with the children.

In addition to the therapeutic benefits of the materials, the art supplies will enable the children in shelter to engage in creative, everyday play. This play will provide a sense of normalcy to children who are experiencing an exceptionally tumultuous point in their lives. Such a wonderful gift that will help so many lives!

 
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The Dreaming Zebra Foundation came to the Boys and Girls Club like a dream come true. Dawne was such a pleasure to work with and has given my art students at the Boys and Girls Club the opportunity to try new and exciting projects because we now have the supplies! I cannot thank this foundation enough for working with us and helping to meet our needs!

 
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I had the pleasure of working with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation with my place of employment and then on my own accord. Dawne was so great to work with and her passion for the cause is very inspiring and contagious. Dreaming Zebra tackles a real need, locally and globally in a unique and effective manner. The impact the foundation makes is proven through the faces of the children that receive the art supplies donated to their schools. Dawne and Dreaming Zebra Foundation are doing great things and I glad I got the chance to help them as I hope to continue to do in the future.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is helping kids who no one else is thnking about. Their art supplies raise up the children and their concern brings light to their situation. Thank you so much, Dreaming Zebra, for the great work you do so well!!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Dreaming Zebra is awesome. They supported me when I was younger, and going through some really hard times. The supplies they donated allowed me to express myself with art, which really helped. This is important for everyone, especially kids who feel alone or misunderstood. Now I volunteer for them when I can. The work they do helps a lot of the poorest kids you can imagine who really need it, and and I would give them 10 stars if I could. If you donate to Dreaming Zebra you will know you're helping to change the lives of many kids who really need you. -Jocelyn

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've run or helped run a number of non-profits in my day. Unfortunately I can no longer physically handle the work. That doesn't stop me from giving what I can to those non-profit organizations that can carry the work on for me. Dreaming Zebra Foundation is one of those rare gems that while hard to find sometimes, do extraordinary work in meeting their mission. The work done is all voluntary even Dawn (the Director) works voluntarily to get art supplies to children who otherwise go with nothing. Fostering a love of art, and building the ability to create in children's lives, that from the outside seem hopeless, fosters two very important things: the joy in creating something of beauty that can be shared with others, and the knowledge that if I can create something that came from my own mind, I can do more. It's that spark of knowing that allows children to believe that they can do more with their lives and are not trapped in a hopeless situation. Dreaming Zebra does that every day and with virtually every penny spent on children, not administration and salary expenses. Mind you, these folks deserve to be paid for what they do, and so I gladly give to them what I can to aid in their work. Bravo Dawn!

 
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After finding Dreaming Zebra on the web, I was inspired to call and volunteer. I was impressed with the depth of the foundation's role - finding art supplies to donate, finding great nonprofits who needed the art supplies all across the country, and working in Haiti with orphanages. Dreaming Zebra was my dream charity come true! Now that I've known and worked with founder Dawne for two years, I am even more impressed. Dawne works hard every day to make sure no art supply goes unused and that as many recipients as possible are matched with donors. I was very fortunate to be one got to deliver a donation - it was like playing Santa Claus! The entire process of matching the donor and recipient, the delivery set up, the follow through with the recipient and the donor - Dawne is very professional and wonderful to work with. Dawne's hard work is only matched by her passion for Dreaming Zebra's mission.

 
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The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has become a huge blessing to Diakonos International - Art Day Celebration event in Haiti. As the Lead Artist, I have interacted with the children of Carrefour, Haiti. These two charities team up and play a key role inspiring children to express themselves through art. The results are amazing as we discover new talent every year. Dawne was so instrumental this year. Her support with art materials, back packs and shoes brought a huge smile to our children. Thank you Dawne and everyone at The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. We are "one" with creativity!

 
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