Asheville City Schools Foundation

WHAT THEY DO: The Asheville City Schools Foundation supports students, teachers and families. Our mission is to implement bold strategies, fund big ideas and engage the community to increase excellence with equity for all children in our schools. ACSF’s work impacts over 4,400 students each year through after-school programming, grants to educators, teaching-artist classroom residencies and college scholarships. Since 2000, ACSF has provided over $1.5 million to teacher-led projects and over $2.6 million to students through scholarships.

$ 275 raised so far.

$130 matched so far.

Asheville Museum of Science

WHAT THEY DO: As a center for experiential science learning, AMOS strives to spark the imagination and foster lifelong curiosity through exhibits, field trips and year-round educational programming. Regional educators and families depend on AMOS to provide fun, hands-on learning activities through science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

$ 120 raised so far.

Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County

WHAT THEY DO: Children First’s mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

$ 465 raised so far.

$160 matched so far.

Muddy Sneakers

WHAT THEY DO: Muddy Sneakers is an award-winning outdoor science education program that partners with public elementary schools to teach students on nearby protected lands. In its 12th year of fostering the joy of learning outside, the nonprofit will serve more than 3,500 students in 47 schools across North Carolina during the 2019-2020 school year. Fifth-graders in 11 counties in WNC get to experience the myriad benefits of learning their science curriculum in the outdoor classroom. Highly trained naturalists lead small groups in hands-on activities and experiments during six to 10 full-day expeditions over the year. Muddy Sneakers believes every child deserves the opportunity to connect with nature and that outdoor learning inspires a love of inquiry and positions students for improved academic performance.

$ 345 raised so far.

My Daddy Taught Me That

WHAT THEY DO: The mission of My Daddy Taught Me That is to support young males’ development into righteous, respectable and responsible men. We achieve that goal through youth development programming and advocacy focused on eradicating the education-achievement and economic-mobility gaps that affect young men living in the city of Asheville and Buncombe County.

$ 430 raised so far.

OpenDoors of Asheville

WHAT THEY DO: OpenDoors of Asheville’s mission is “to break the cycle of poverty through education, one child at a time.” Our To and Through college program supports local students, grades 4 through college graduation, with services including educational consulting, access to tutoring, enrichment activities and emergency resources. We prepare students growing up in multigenerational poverty to enter college and graduate with little to no student debt. Our One Neighborhood after-school STEAM-based initiative provides mentoring in glass blowing, ceramics, painting, recording arts and more.

$ 490 raised so far.

$95 matched so far.


WHAT THEY DO: Verner provides high-quality, center-based and home-based early care and education to 260 children, ages six weeks to 5 years, at locations including four centers across Buncombe County. We offer Early Head Start, NC Pre-K, child care subsidy, and parent-pay options. Verner believes in comprehensive, blended programming where children and families with many diverse life stories may thrive. Mothers on the Move allows moms to continue their education and English-language skills, while Rainbow In My Tummy® focuses on child and family nutrition. Verner’s Experiential Gardens at North Carolina Outward Bound School offers a place for learning, growing and gathering that our children visit weekly.

$ 360 raised so far.

$125 matched so far.