The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   42 reviews 1,367

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: Portland OR 97239 USA

Mission: 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.
Geographic areas served: National
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 26-2326071
503-206-6400
http://dreamingzebra.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

p:ear is a nonprofit that works with homeless youth in Portland OR through education, arts and recreation. Dreaming Zebra has been an incredible ally in helping us realize our vision to deeply mentor and support these youth during their journeys off the streets. Specifically, Dreaming Zebra has been so responsive to our requests by providing much needed materials for the art workshops we use to create fun and engaging projects for these youths' positive artistic expressions. From mask-making materials used in our "p:ear Zombie Action Preparedness" program (PZAP) to paints and brushes for our "2160 Wood-Block Mural" Project (2160 refers to the number of 3"x3" wood panels used for this 9'x15' pixelated mural of a Van Gogh painting!) to glitter and feathers and beads to for everything else we do, they have been a model community partner and have made the difficult work of connecting with homeless youth that much easier. Thank you, Dreaming Zebra!

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful surprise it was to get a phone call from Dawne at Dreaming Zebra offering to help pay for art supplies at my at-risk school. Dawne saw my “Art Room Aid” post on the Dick Blick website and contacted me in order to help out. Dawne was so nice and professional; I just told her what we needed and it showed up at my door. Thank you so much. It was really appreciated! My students were able to create a lot of high quality and meaningful pieces because of this organization. Every child deserves experiencing the fine arts, and Dreaming Zebra is helping make it happen.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Working with Dawne and Dreaming Zebra is like having a fairy godmother. Our organization provides art therapy to grieving children, and we are used to making do and stretching limited resources. She asked us for a wish list and then surprised us by fulfilling it in its entirety . . . . and more! Dawne is truly caring and responsive, and asked questions to make sure we got exactly what we need. Seeing the smiles of the teens when we hand them their very own softcover journal and brand new markers - and tell them they can keep both - is a joy. Being able to provide a child with stretched canvas - rather than a piece of paper - conveys the importance of their creation and the difficult emotions they are expressing through art.

Our funding - like that of most healthcare institutions - becomes more limited each year. Nevertheless, our partnership with Dreaming Zebra makes it possible to provide an even higher level of care to the families we serve. Bravo, Dreaming Zebra!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I'm pretty passionate about the arts, and recently made a small cash donation to Dreaming Zebra. This is a company that cares about people, clearly. The thank you card I received in the mail (joyfully infused with stickers glitter and other cute creative touches by kids) made me feel like I had contributed a million bucks. These are kind and smart folks with compassionate hearts, who are doing a great job of bringing art to needy kids. Dreaming Zebra makes you want to donate again, and more, and right away, just to get another adorable card in the mail. You can join their monthly giving "palette" as they call it as well, and they'll send you news every month about which kids are being helped with your donations. They support a ton of different programs. Love the follow through, spirit, and visionary, earth-friendly vibe of Dreaming Zebra. Keep up the great work!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to give them more money, to help more of the kids on their waiting list.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We would like to thank The Dreaming Zebra Foundation for their continued support of Diakonos International (diakonosintl.org) creative art program of Art Day Celebration. Each year, Art Day Celebration hosts a create art workshop in Haiti with over 100 underprivileged children living in ill-serviced neighborhoods. For the last 2 years The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has served as an instrument to make Art Day Celebration a success by donating art supplies to the children we serve.
This year The Dreaming Zebra Foundation surprised the children by gifting them with their very own art kit to continue exploring the creative abilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make no changes at all. We are truly grateful for such a genuine organization…...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering for Dreaming Zebra for two years, and it's awesome to see the kids happy when they get their art supplies. The world needs a charity just like Dreaming Zebra and I will be a supporter for a very long time. :-)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to give them millions of dollars...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

After recently contributing with the Haiti camping through The Dreaming Zebra foundation I can say it is wonderful to see the impact that has been made in inspiring creativity in these children. Kids that wouldn't normally have the opportunity are given a chance to express themselves through group programs such as these. I am so happy to see the smiles on their faces and to be a part of giving to the next generation the hope to dream and to unleash their imaginations. Thank you Dreaming Zebra for all you have done!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Dreaming Zebra foundation is amazing. I am a counselor at a residential treatment facility which serves adolescents with severe emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric issues. I requested supplies for our art studio and summer programming for partial hospitalization and group behavioral health counseling groups. I was amazed at the quick response and all of the supplies that the Dreaming Zebra was able to provide. Dawne was absolutely great to work with and asked lots of questions to make sure that we were getting the supplies we needed to meet our client's needs and the ability to provide creative treatment to our clients. .

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can honestly say I don't have any changes to make. The Dreaming Zebra is a wonderful organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dreaming Zebra Foundation has made such a difference in our art room here at Baltimore Youth Initiative. The supplies that Dawne sent to us from Gerry and Brad from Art Collective gave the students here opportunities to make art that they would not have had otherwise! Even though the package was taken to the wrong address (FedEx's fault) and we had to hunt down a 40lb box, it could not have been more worth it. Phone tag and delivery tag aside, working with Dawne and DZF was absolutely wonderful. A truly warm and caring organization that is really making a difference

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I contacted The Dreaming Zebra Foundation because another art teacher contact said they were a group that could really help me to jump start my new program. They contacted me to say they were interested in working with my students and I on supplying art materials. I put together a list of things and they were shipped immediately. We were thrilled to receive the gifts and can hopefully have another opportunity to work with them in the future.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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