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Friends of CAE Foundation

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May 10, 2011

This is a small volunteer run organization that supports the Civic Arts Education program of the City of Walnut Creek. The program serves the Central Contra Costa County region and over 8,000 preschooler through senior adults annually with classes, workshops, trainings, concerts, performances, art sales and programs in art, music, dance and drama. It has two campus locations and 18 fully equipped studio classrooms.


Friends of Civic Arts Education Foundation, an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, advocates and funds community Art Learning experiences for people of all ages. The Foundation ensures financial support for scholarships, quality programming and facilities for all arts disciplines.


The Friends Of Civic Arts Education Foundation strongly believes that Art Learning is essential to human development and a community’s quality of life. Through public and private partnerships, we are committed to creating an environment that promotes a diversity of culture, thought and artistic expression.


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

My experience includes seeing under served and at risk students able to and eagerly engaged in self-affirming arts activities. The families are most grateful, particularly in the summer when these kids participate in a daily 5-week program that is offered with the local school district providing the space and each child is able to take different classes taught by professional instructors. The classes include unusual things such as cooking, HD moviemaking, ceramics, musical theater etc.

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

The organization needs to have professional development staff to provide support and guidance for the volunteers. The organization is now 5 years old, has one very part-time clerical employee, has about $50,000 in CDs and raises about $42,000 per year gross.

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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

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

Add professional staffing support.

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

Yes, great experience in developing a successful non-profit from the ground up.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Volunteer & I have helped to provide guidance for the formation of the organization 5 years ago and serve in a variety of volunteer capacities.