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The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

Mission: The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit encouraging children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and follow their artistic dreams. Your gifts help us provide art & music supplies to underprivileged children throughout the world.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's amazing that they give so many children and families an outlet. Art is needed everywhere and this charity makes it possible. Keep it up!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dreaming Zebra was able to help us renew our commitment to Arts integration by allowing us to overcome obstacles of material supplies. They have been committed to getting us everything we need, and have been knowledgeable in starting us to high quality products that truly fill our needs - better products than we even thought to ask for in the beginning!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW! Dreaming Zebra has been an incredible partner for Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP). They have made it possible for us to live our mission of bringing the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges by providing incredibly generous donations of brand-new art supplies, securing a huge gift card to our favorite art supply store and negotiating amazing prices with certain vendors of the items we need most. In 2015 we provided over 11,000 healing art experiences; with their help, we think we can exceed that number for 2016.

Because we deal with so many immune-suppressed children, having brand-new and wrapped supplies is a must. Dreaming Zebra has worked with us to be clear on what works well and doesn't work for our programming and has always come through with exactly what we need. We are so, SO grateful for this partnership!

2 Courtney4nier

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation in recent weeks and cannot even begin to sing my praises of both the foundation and those who are behind the scenes. As I was reading the other reviews below, I saw someone refer to Dawne's passion for this cause as 'contagious'- and that is exactly how it is. I am truly in awe by all that she and her team have done for children all over the globe and very proud to be a small part of such a great cause.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Dreaming Zebra is doing such great work in the US and overseas. It's really inspiring to see how hard everyone on the team works to get art supplies to kids in need. I'm proud to be supporting them.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thrilled for the outstanding support that The Dreaming Zebra Foundation gave us for our summer youth programs. Bradley Angle is a local nonprofit that provides resources to survivors of domestic violence. Here at Bradley Angle, we believe that adults are not the only survivors of domestic violence, children are as well. Our Youth & Family Support Services helps child survivors and their parents through education, counseling, childcare and structured group activities including art therapy.

We heard about The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and how great they were through a staff member. We were excited to reach out to partner with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation to see if they would supply art supplies to help the children that we serve. They were happy to do so. The staff and those that we were in communication with were helpful when applying for the support and coordinating the delivery. We provide youth groups and classes to over 400 child survivors in the age range of 5 to 13. They will all benefit from these great supplies.

Thank you so much Dreaming Zebra for partnering with Bradley Angle as we continue our efforts in creating a community free of domestic violence. We look forward to continued partnership!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation reached out to us to inquire about our Fine Arts needs in our large, urban school district that serves over 9,500, culturally diverse students. The City School District of Albany and it's Superintendent's Arts Advisory Committee in Upstate New York are so appreciative to gain local and national arts funding partnerships with organizations like "The Dreaming Zebra Foundation". With their support and their ability to "make connections," we were delighted to engage in conversation that lead us to receiving the needed funds that will support our "2016 City School District of Albany Elementary Art Show" (3rd Annual). The show will be held from May 6-8, 2016 at our local art museum, the Albany Institute of History & Art. Last year's show had over 1,000 people walk through the exhibit!

Our opening reception will continue to spotlight student artwork from all 12 elementary schools and will showcase student musical and dance performances during the opening reception. Albany Mayor Sheehan and City School District of Albany Interim Superintendent Wilkins will begin our opening with a warm welcome. All our students and their families are invited to come to the art show all weekend long to see the Institute's galleries and art exhibition, with free admission. Our students and their families will have the ability to walk through the galleries and see their artwork hang alongside famous artworks, rich in local history from the Hudson River School paintings to viewing Ancient Egyptian mummies.

Not only are we appreciative of the Albany Institute for partnering with our Art and Music Dept., but we are thrilled to have the needed support of proceeds from Price Chopper supermarkets through the assistance of The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and D. Camera. We hope to grow this relationship in the years to come. We look forward to a wonderful event this year - thank you Dreaming Zebra for helping us make your acquaintance to form connections to serve and benefit our culturally diverse elementary children and their Fine Arts program in such a special and significant way. Sincerely, K. Wright, Art Dept. Chairperson, City School District of Albany, NY, https://www.albanyschools.com, https://www.facebook.com/albanyartscommittee/

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Where can I begin? I am writing this on behalf of the Forestville Boys and Girls Club, in Prince George's County Maryland. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and its staff (who would rather not be mentioned, Hi Dawne!!!) have revitalized our Touch of Art community art program. With the generous donation of art supplies and consultation on how to sustain the program, we were able to start back offering art classes after a 16 month hiatus because of having a lack of resources. Upon receiving the donation from Dreaming Zebra, our membership voted to designate an operating budget for the Touch of Art community art program. Without the Dreaming Zebra Foundation's support, our kids would still continue to miss out on the much needed cultural and social development this program offers. Thank you Dreaming Zebra for your support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation has assisted the New Hampshire Arts Exchange, a non-profit organization, with website development. Dreaming Zebra is donating art supplies to several New Hampshire schools to aid students in the development of their creativity and to enjoy the realm of visual arts. I am honored to be partnered with such a genuine organization that is so passionate in their mission to encourage children to embrace their individuality and follow their artistic dreams.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

5 Alexandra14

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

5 Beth147

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 ArtSavant Hugo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

1 Pippa A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!