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GIVE ONLINE

Become a monthly supporter or make a one-time gift. Every dollar goes the distance in providing our students with educational opportunities.

SPONSOR A SCHOLAR

Support college savings account milestones, postsecondary & career activities, and programs for a specific grade level and their families.

Only $500 in a 529 savings account makes students from low-income communities

FOUR TIMES more likely to graduate from college.

(From University of Kansas' Asset & Education Initiative report, July 2013)

 

sponsor a scholar Giving Circle

We're engaging the next generation of philanthropists who are interested in making an impact in their communities. With an annual Sponsor a Scholar gift, you can support a class of Findley scholars while receiving volunteer opportunities in and with your class of students. You'll also receive invitations to regular giving circle events and meet longtime By Degrees donors. This gives both groups the chance to learn, share, and mentor.

Sponsor

With an annual $1,000 gift (which can be donated in increments throughout the year), donors sponsor the incoming kindergarten class at Findley Elementary.

Support

Gifts support:

  • 529 college savings account milestones

  • integrated postsecondary and career-focused curricular activities

  • annual college and business visits

Receive

Sponsors receive:

  • invitations to breakfast with scholars and other school activities

  • an opportunity to participate in annual career days

  • updates on academic progress, school activities, and volunteer events

Network

Through regular giving circle events, sponsors meet with and learn from long-time By Degrees donors, foster new relationships with each other, and connect with the larger By Degrees family (including teachers and school staff). These events also offer the opportunity to engage with our community partners and learn about Des Moines leadership trends.

UNDER 40?

Join through our step-up program. This three-year program requests:

$500

during

YEAR ONE

$750

during

YEAR TWO

$1,000

during

YEAR THREE

Sponsor a Scholar Information Request

To learn more or become a sponsor of the 2020-2021 kindergarten class, complete the form below.

WHAT WE DO
CONTACT

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.

515.271.1976

mailing: 2507 UNIVERSITY AVE

DES MOINES, IA 50311

physical: 3206 UNIVERSITY AVE #212

DES MOINES, IA 50311

info@bydegreesfoundation.org

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