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May 9, 2012

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May 9, 2012

I am a 2nd grade teacher in an extremely impoverished area. Due to economic budget restraints, our school was forced to get rid of our arts program. We were also faced with not having extra funds to provide for art supplies to use in our classrooms. I heard about The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and contacted them. They were very interested in helping our Elementary school that consists of over 700 children. The Dreaming Zebra sent me a huge box of art supplies. These supplies were distributed throughout the school. The Dreaming Zebra is also continuing to work with my school to help provide art materials and support for the upcoming school year. The Dreaming Zebra has helped provide art to children who otherwise may not have been given the chance.

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

A lot

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?

2012

April 12, 2012

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April 12, 2012

i am an artist and was living in Chicago, I was looking to do some volunteering before i moved back to Michigan to go to graduate school. I had heard of DZF and even though they are not based in Chicago i called anyway thinking they could hook me up with a non-profit by me. Well they did better than that, they put me together with a young woman whose father was recently laid off and whose mom was working extra hours to pick up the slack. The parents knew how much their daughter loved art but they were no longer in a position to give her art lessons. DZF put us together and it was a wonderful experience for all concerned.

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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?

2011

March 9, 2012

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March 9, 2012

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has helped my art classes in my elementary school beyond expectations! They are so willing to go the extra mile to find us supplies that we need, like colored markers and crayons. They have been so supportive of our desire to offer ceramics to our students. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has enriched the lives of our 800 art students here in Phoenix! They are awesome!

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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?

2012

March 1, 2012

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March 1, 2012

I have both donated money and volunteered for DZF. I grew up in a family surrounded by artists and a mother who managed multi-million dollar arts organizations. From the moment I first worked with DZF and Dawne it was evident her program provided the most efficacious distribution of arts materials to children that I had ever seen. Many months later I am still in awe of what they accomplish - and it's no surprise: Dawne is a fount of energy. In an era where I am cynical about how much of every donation reaches the intended recipient, I have witnessed that >90% of donations to DZF get to the children. As I have said, I am in awe of what they do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

(1) As a child, my art class received (albeit sparingly) donations like the ones DZF sends out; (2) I have seen the quality of the art supplies her organization sends out and they procure them for less than half of what I pay for much lesser quality supplies for my children; and (3) I have seen the stacks of thank you notes sent by kids in the programs that receive her donations - they speak volumes.

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

Donate more so they could have more staff.

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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?

A lot

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?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Funny, I don't think in those terms. I don't see a lacking here.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

No.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy and wondering how I could do more.

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation have been wonderful to work with in support of our instrumental music program at Weinland Park Elementary. Our goal is to offer instrumental music to any 4th or 5th grade student who wishes to participate. Unfortunately, most of our students do not have the means to purchase or rent an instrument. It is a challenge to provide instruments for our students. Many of the instruments in our inventory are old, in need of repair or both. Although I want students to participate in music, I will not have them participate with sub-par instruments that will cause more harm than good. So far this year Dreaming Zebra has provided a clarinet and a cello with a trumpet on the way. Thanks to their generosity and persistence, additional students at Weinland Park will have an opportunity to participate for years to come. Thank you Dreaming Zebra!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

donation of musical instruments to my school.

Ways to make it better...

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

talking with Dawne.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase support staff and create greater regional access throughout the US.

Ways to make it better...

you were centrally located in the US.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

its location.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 9, 2010

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March 9, 2010

Dreaming Zebra was able to help us by donating supplies for daily class art projects. The art supplies also allowed us to invite volunteers into the classroom to lead weekly special projects. Without the art supplies we would not have been able to have art as such a strong part of our classroom curricula. We received glue guns, oil pastels, and paper. Dreaming Zebra was very generous with their donation. They gave us a ton of paper and oil pastels. It seemed fairly easy to work with Dreaming Zebra. Parent volunteers from my class contacted and coordinated with the Dreaming Zebra staff. From a teacher's perspective it was great because of how easy it was to access special resources. I know that there are many opportunities to access resources for schools within our community, but sometimes it is difficult to deal with the logistics. I was so happy that my classroom parents were able to contact Dreaming Zebra directly and help facilitate the process.

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

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer schools the tools they need to create dynamic music and arts curricula.

Ways to make it better...

we had access to a greater diversity in types of art supplies we received.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 7, 2010

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March 7, 2010

Hello, I am a drama teacher in Columbus, Ohio. I was put in touch with the Dreaming Zebra Foundation through a district-wide email where they suggested we contact the foundation. So I did. I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted by Dawne, who wanted to help out my situation. We have many aspects of our theatre that haven't been updated since the school opened in the late 1960s. The lighting is archaic and the sound system is almost non-existant. We have been working very hard to fix some of this, but it's just not a priority in a district where sometimes it's hard to find enough money to buy paper! But Dawne has been working hard to figure out a way to help us with the lighting safety. While she is working on the lighting, Dawne also sent us a huge box full of craft goodies which we immediately put to good use in our musical that opens next week. I literally jumped for joy when our secretary came down carrying the box of glitter, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, etc. It was awesome! Many people who aren't teachers don't understand how hard it is to get the supplies you need for your classes. And often times, it is so frustrating that teachers just go out and buy them with their own money. And teachers shouldn't have to do that. Do office workers have to go out and buy the paper for their printers? Pencils? Tape? As a teacher, I do. Or else my students won't have any. So thanks to Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, some of the weight of buying supplies have been lifted off my shoulders. And honestly it's really nice to just know that there is someone out there working on your behalf.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my theatre program at a middle school in Columbus, Ohio. Something as simple as a box full of craft items was so exciting and made me feel like someone out there was trying to help me in providing things for my students.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Two years ago Abled Hawai'i Artists- Big Island established an annual art festival for artists with disabilities. Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation has been and continues to be an integral part of our success in providing community art opportunites for artists with disdabilities of all ages and the community in general! In our third year, we have grown and have initiated participating in other community events, providing space for artistic expression for children of all ages, as well as providing volunteer opportunities for artists with disabilities. We could not do this without The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and its generous donors! Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) Dawne and The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! Aloha, Mar Ortaleza Abled Hawai'i Artists- Big Island

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

such generosity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

set up an office locally and I could help run it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

As a child growing up with music, the arts have been a cornerstone of my existence as not only a creative outlet, but a means of development and rudimentary training skills. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation makes sure that children get the opportunity to explore their creativity and realize that learning can be more then textbooks and testing. Every child learns and explores their world differently, and we need to make sure our schools and institutions provide a diverse and well rounded education. I have known Dawne for over 10 years now and she has found a way to channel her passion for artistic growth into such an amazing and giving foundation. She is an unbelievable selfless person, and that has inspired volunteers and other organizations around her to stay true and honest about delivering the arts to people in need. There may be many different charities in this world, but few are as simple and efficient as the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The creator of the Dreaming Zebra is an amazing force in the creation of this unique arts recycling program. She has selflessly devoted thousands of hours to developing the program from nothing, a task few with even unlimited resources could accomplish.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support the recycling of music and art supplies to all learning institutions, so schools are not as dependent on local funding to keep their arts alive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

I work full-time. I am a single mother to two energetic kids and human-companion to 3 dogs and 2 cats! And my "spare time" I try like heck to get my pottery studio in working condition so I can actually create! But when I heard about Dreaming Zebra and what they are doing to nuture the arts in the lives of children, you bet I made the time to get involved. Living in Ohio meant I had to be creative about the ways I could help Dreaming Zebra help kids - I've picked up paints from people willing to donate; I appealed to my own friends and family and collected needed supplies; I've even served as a resource when DZF receieved requests from organizations here in Columbus. I am busy and in my personal quest for simplicity I don't take on many new projects, but Dreaming Zebra's mission spoke to my own creative soul. Kids and art - bringing the two together is a masterpiece in and of itself. How could I not contribute? Dreaming Zebra needn't thank me for anything I may have done; I thank Dreaming Zebra for giving me the oppotunity to give in such a magical way!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I live so far away from the home base that I can't be as physically involved as I would like and the market where I am living is just newly addressed by DZF, so my personal experience with hard "results" is limited,

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Where their heart is. . . always with the kids, right with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have had the priviledge of working directly with the founder, Dawne Camera. She has always been professional, fair, and so, so invested.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Enhance the quality of life for 100 million children - who would, in turn, enhance the lives of us all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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