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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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Brian91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra organization work very hard to ensure that disadvantaged children and young adults, both locally and globally, experience and explore their creativity through a variety of art and music projects. I am glad to have connected with Dreaming Zebra and I am honored to help them further their endeavors.

Linda248

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a surprise phone call from Dreaming Zebra, they wanted to fund my entireArt Room Aid Project! Wow!

The funding was completed the same day and the materials were on there way. The requirement to send a Thank You note was a pleasure. Dawne is wonderful, you couldn't ask for better communication or service from a volunteer.

This was a new relationship for us--budget cuts have eaten away at our budget and supplies over the past 5 years with no end in sight. We are a poor, isolated area way up North in NY state, Dreaming Zebra purchased needed non-consumable supplies that will serve our students for many years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a poor urban school in Portland, and Dreaming Zebra has come to our aid more than once. We have no arts program, and no art teacher, so without outside help, we have no arts offerings. Dreaming Zebra has supplied us with journals and sharpie markers for our older students, for a creative writing/art residency taught by a writer/volunteer parent. They recently sponsored an art table at our carnival, providing free paints and quality canvases so that students could make beautiful work. We have been so impressed by their quick response time, their dedication to connecting students to art opportunities, and their general good will.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was 12 I Met the dreaming Zebra Foundation, I was a young little boy with a big dream, I wanted to become a great artist but i had no experience in art. With The Dreaming Zebra foundation my dream came true, they guided me and provided me with all the supplies I needed and I'm very thankful, I'm now 17 and I've becomed the great artist I've alway dreamed to be, Thanks to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first found out about Dreaming Zebra from a friend that worked at our new Art Center in Union City. The Art Center had received a bunch or wonderful art supplies. during this time a presently I have been working to find instruments for the teens in UC. The Dreaming Zebra helped me twice now, first time they bought a keyboard for a young man, who then used his gift for the piano at our church. He was able to take lessons with our organist and found a mentor. The Dreaming Zebra recently found a donor that has given some beautiful hand painted guitars, that will go some deserving young people. They will get lessons along with them. So I have received 4 items and they never ask for anything in return but a thank you. This organization is amazing they not only give to us they support our efforts with encouragement. They check up on things and follow your story beyond a single donation. A very special group of people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dreaming Zebra has been wonderful to work with. They have been instrumental in getting supplies to my sixth graders so that they can stretch themselves as creative young adults. They have such powerful things to say, and Dreaming Zebra has helped them immensely by getting them the materials to say it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dreaming Zebra totally equipped a dwindling and drowning art program! We serve kids with severe emotional disturbances, what a great way to reach a really difficult to teach population.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation came through for our kids! We needed to find art supplies for our students and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation helped us get them. Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A staff member at our school worked to help provide much-needed supplies for our classrooms through your organization. It was like Christmas to have these wonderful supplies delivered so that our students could use the arts to explore their content area studies! Thank you all so much for what you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The dreaming zebra foundation came through when we had no place else to turn. Thank you for your support of this organization and what they do for the students of North Carolina and other States. They have been great.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is providing art supplies and musical instruments to children world wide that are missing these essential elements to their childhood development. Dawne and the entire organization are enriching the lives of so many young people which will wll impact the rest of thier lives. Jody G, Portland, OR

BryanandCourtney B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Roslyn O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Hope200

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.