Sweet Dreams 2020


Stay Home & Support

In an effort to keep our supporters safe, we are foregoing an in-person party this year.

But we need your help more than ever.

We are closely monitoring the latest information and updates from state, local, and school officials regarding the spread of COVID-19. With the safety and interest of our supporters and staff in mind, our spring and summer events have been cancelled and all By Degrees team members are working from home.

Sweet Dreams 2020

Since 2006, Sweet Dreams has raised nearly $750,000 in critical funds to create long-term, proactive educational support for students most in need in our community.

We are sad to announce our decision to forego an in-person event this year, and we look forward to gathering with you when it is once again safe to do so.

But we still need your help more than ever.

We serve schools and students who confront some of life's most difficult challenges every day. These challenges have become even more dire in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our work even more important in light of the global call for racial justice and equity.

Our work has always focused on creating equity in education and shining light on the systemic injustices that so often harm our black students and students of color. We are committed to continually increasing equity and reducing racial barriers for our students and families.

To learn more about our COVID-19 and racial justice response, please visit 


The By Degrees Team

Our physical office is closed but our team is hard at work. We are focused on assisting school staff and students with needs as they arise and continue to plan our postsecondary and career programing for when school resumes.


As a Des Moines-based nonprofit with a small but mighty team, we rely on the donations of our local community to remain a strong and consistent presence in our schools and students’ lives. In times like these, your support makes our continued work possible.


Should we make additional changes or announcements, we will share those updates on our website and social media channels.


Thank you for remaining a steadfast supporter of our work, and for being part of the By Degrees difference.


Located on Des Moines' northeast side, Findley Elementary School serves over 340 kindergarten to fifth grade students.


Our Findley Elementary students matriculate into Harding Middle, one of Iowa's largest and most diverse middle schools. All Harding students benefit from our programing.


Through our original cohort model, we adopted the first grade class at Des Moines' King Elementary School in 2006. These students graduated from high school in spring 2018.


We recognize the transformational impact incremental changes can make on a student’s life. Partnering with entire schools, we work to increase high school graduation and postsecondary readiness rates while engaging community partnerships to uplift students, families, and whole neighborhoods.


mailing: PO Box 41070

Des Moines, IA 50311




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