We love our donors!  Thank you!

Thank you for your generous donations.  Your donations served over 2,000 students across our community in 2018 by providing access to high-quality educational experiences that developed their passions.

We invest in partnerships, people, and programs. Community partnerships are the starting point for innovation, connecting students deeply to their city. The people at the schools - students, teachers, and co-directors - make innovation possible through their tireless work and ingenuity. Innovative programs develop students' passions and share successes beyond our schools.

Together, we can ensure that all students find their passion and place.

Please consider becoming a sustaining member by giving monthly.  Monthly donations help us budget and have consistent cash flow throughout the year. There is an option to select the frequency of your gift on the donation page.

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We've gone Back to School!

start the school year out strong and fund innovative education in Tacoma.

Our teachers are always dreaming up innovative projects. Whether students are testing our local water quality, building a car, or creating art from plastic they've found on the beach, they often need specialized supplies that you're more likely to find at Home Depot than Office Depot. Donations help us purchase these supplies and continue the real-world, innovative learning.

Below are some projects that are currently raising funds. Or, if you can’t choose, donate to the innovative classroom fund and we’ll distribute the funds as needs arise throughout the year.

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SOTA: Cameras for Photography
Help SOTA's visual arts department grow their digital photography program. These cameras will enable students to learn the fundamentals of camera operations and taking dynamic photos.


SOTA film students are encouraged to tell story through all elements and principals of art. Having the right tools in hand is essential for students’ success. With your help, our teachers can continue building their audio recording sets, lighting equipment, and camera/camera accessories to meet students’ needs.


SAMI: Science Classroom Supplies
SAMI’s science team needs several supplies for our new classes and classroom spaces. Your support will help purchase:

  • A GIANT Periodic Table for the wall of the Chemistry Lab

  • A Classroom supply of diameter tape for Forestry Class

  • 3-5 meter tapes used to lay out transects in Environmental Science, Field Biology, and Marine Biology


IDEA: Shell Eco Marathon
Students at the IDEA School are competing against other high school and college students in the Americas in the Shell EcoMarathon. Two teams of students are designing, testing, and building a complete fuel efficient urban concept car from scratch. We need your help to purchase the engine, raw materials like steel and carbon fiber, electrical systems, and safety materials like helmets, fire vests, and seatbelts. Help us compete to build the most fuel efficient vehicle at the EcoMarathon challenge next April at the Sonoma Raceway in California!

Thank you for your financial support! The charts below show the percent of spending by category for the previous fiscal year.

Spending by Category

Core Program Spending

  • Service and Study Tours: students travel to domestic and international locations to learn about other cultures and serve the communities. Past location include Nepal, Detroit, China, Cuba, the Southern United States, Southern Africa, Cambodia, Costa Rica, and Thailand.

  • Adjunct Instructors: professionals in the community teach classes at SOTA, SAMi, and iDEA through our Adjunct Instructor Program. These classes add depth and breadth to the schedules, allowing students to explore more topics in their major. The program also creates connection for students and teachers with professionals in our community.

  • Student Programs: fundraising efforts by students to support Robotics and Senior Projects.

  • Partner Schools: direct support provided to the school for supplies and materials not covered by the district.

  • Xplore Summer Learning: the Xplore program is an opportunity for 3rd-5th and 7th-8th graders to continue learning during the summer months. Instructors teach content-specific mini-courses that engage young learners in new and creative ways.

  • Community Outreach: community partnerships create access for students. Our partnerships ensure that students from across Tacoma are invited to attend our schools; students learn in a variety of community spaces including museums, parks, zoos, and college campuses; and students intern at organizations that align with future career aspirations.