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Aspire Public Schools Foundation
To fulfill our mission and prepare our students for college, career, and a fulfilling future, we need your help. Gifts of any size make a difference. You can impact the lives of thousands of children by making a donation today. As a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, contributions to Aspire Public Schools Foundation are tax-deductible. Donations can be made directly to Aspire classrooms or to the Aspire Public Schools Foundation online by clicking here.

Other Ways to Donate:

Regular Mail Donations:
Prefer to send a check? Please mail your contribution to us at:

Aspire Public Schools Foundation
1001 22nd Avenue, Ste 100
Oakland, CA 94606

Stock Transfers & Gift Processing:
To donate or transfer stock to Aspire Public Schools Foundation, or for questions on processing a gift, please contact Mari Bennett.

Donate via a Donor-Advised Fund:
If you would like to donate directly from your donor-advised fund, please click here.

Aspire’s Financial Model


Aspire's Financial Model - IconsCharter Schools are public schools, and we receive both state and federal funding primarily on a per-pupil basis in order to operate.

As charter schools, we do not have access to the same facilities or facilities funding as do traditional public schools. Therefore, we have to pay for our facility costs out of our general operating funds.

100% of fully-enrolled Aspire schools are “financially sustainable” on the public dollar, meaning they require no philanthropic supplement to their public funding in order to operate.

Aspire operates both a Home Office in Oakland and Regional Offices in order to provide critical, scalable supports to all 36 schools simultaneously–across instructional program design, college initiatives, teammate effectiveness, technology, human resources, facilities, operations, finance, fundraising, and more. 13% of Aspire’s public funding is allocated to Home and Regional Office operations.

Our success would not be possible without the generous financial donations of individuals and foundations.


One of the keys to creating change in public schools is the support of generous donors. Aspire Public Schools Foundation would like to thank all who donate their time, energy, services and financial support in 2021-2022 to make College for Certain a reality for our scholars, including:

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INVESTORS: $250,000+

Ballmer Group
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Silicon Schools Fund
Tipping Point Community

PRINCIPALS: $100,000-$249,999

Beth and Michael Hunkapiller
The Green Foundation
Hastings Growth Fund
Leslie and George Hume
Wend Collective

DIRECTORS: $50,000 – $99,999

Betsy and Peter Chung
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chamberlin Education Foundation
Great Public Schools Now
Joseph Drown Foundation
Peery Foundation
William Zimmerman Foundation

ACHIEVERS: $10,000 – $49,999

Beth and Brian Grossman
Charles and Karen Couric
Dan Carroll
Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
Jonathan and Kimberly Garfinkel
Joyce and Robert Wisner
Kay Hong and Jamie MacQuarrie
Richard and Theresa Crocker
Teach for America
Warriors Community Foundation

SUPPORTERS: $1,000-$9,999

Anna and Frank Rolapp
Anthony Barkett
Ben Archibald and Steph Albert
Beth Ann Steinberg
Brian and Molly Auld
Carmen Jiron
Carol J. Ornelas
Catherine and Gary Crittenden
Chian Gong and Adrian Graham
Don and Sue Shalvey
Donald and Linda Wiley
Elise and Sayed Darwish
Heather and Paul Haaga
Hiten and Sangita Patel
Holly Maddox
Kathleen and Richard Hoertkorn
Kathleen Barlow
Kathryn and Jonathan Goulding
Kendra and Erik Ragatz
Liat and Christopher Bishko
Lilah and Alex Wolf
Lorea Martinez and John Rethans
Louise Bryson
Louise Muhlfeld Patterson and Arthur Patterson
Molly Wood and Dagny Maidman
Nikola Filby
Nisa Frank
Paul Tietz
Raphael Akinsipe and Victoria Banuelas
Richmond Rapid Relief Fund
Sai Selvaganesan
Warren Felson and Lucy Sun
William Draper

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