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Read Aspire’s first-ever Impact Report!

Our families need your support now, more than ever.

At Aspire, we have been working diligently to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis in order to support our 17,000+ scholars in the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, and Memphis, TN. In order to better support our families during this time, Aspire has launched the COVID-19 Family Relief Fund. As of May 2020, we’ve raised over $700,000 and have placed over 8,500 computers into the homes of our scholars. We couldn’t have done this without you, and we still have a long way to go.

Now through the end of June, every donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor, up to $250,000. With your support, we could reach our goal of raising $2M to support families impacted by this pandemic. Please consider donating today.

Every gift counts. A gift of $250 will allow us to provide aid for food and household necessities for a family. $1,000 allows us to get one more laptop and WiFi hotspot into the hands and homes of a scholar.

Your donation today will directly fund:

  • Chromebooks for every scholar so they can continue their learning and not fall behind
  • WiFi hotspots for families that cannot afford Internet access
  • Direct aid for food and household necessities to families that need help making ends meet

If you would like to donate to Aspire’s general Impact fund, please click 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
Oakland, CA 94606

Stock Transfers:
To donate or transfer stock to Aspire Public Schools Foundation, please contact

For questions on processing a gift, please contact or call 510-434-5052.

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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 40 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.

To fulfill our mission and prepare our students for college, we need your help. 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 Aspire Public Schools Foundation as an organization. Gifts of any size can make a difference. You can impact the lives of thousands of school children by making a donation.


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 to make College for Certain a reality for our scholars, including:

List of Aspire Supporters Logos


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INVESTORS: $1,000,000+

Anonymous Donor
Charter School Growth Fund
Great Public Schools Now
Patty Quillin and Reed Hastings
Peery Foundation
Steven L. Merrill
Tipping Point Community
U.S. Department of Education

PRINCIPALS: $100,000-$999,999

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Koshland Foundation
Leslie and George Hume
Silicon Schools Fund
Theresa and Richard Crocker

DIRECTORS: $2,500 – $99,999

Andrew & Debra Rachleff
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Beth and Michael Hunkapiller
Bonnie and James Quigley
Burnham Benefits Insurance Services
G.L. Bruno Associates, Inc.
Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
Joyce and Robert Wisner
K2A Architects, LLP
Kathleen and Richard Hoertkorn
Kay Hong and Jamie MacQuarrie
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Kimberly and Jonathan Garfinkel
Louis Burgener
Lucy Sun and Warren Felson
Nicolas Spicer
Phyllis and William Draper
Roland Construction, Inc.
Stifel, Nicolas, and Company
Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
Umpqua Bank
Warriors Community Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

ACHIEVERS: $1001 – $2499

Elizabeth Stiverson
Fenwick & West LLP
San Joaquin Delta Community College
TPG Global, LLC
United Healthcare Services, Inc.

FRIENDS: Up to $1000

Allison Leslie
Anne Marie Ferruzzi
Anonymous Donors
Benjamin Crosby
Bess Kennedy
Brenton Smith
Brittany Stich
Cabot Brown
Catherine Foster

Clifford Hawkins
Courtney Masear
Danthanh Lam
Darshika Pate
David Macfoy
David Roth
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Don Shalvey
Donald Leisey
Dylan Marvin
East Bay Community Foundation
Edward Wexler-Beron
Elisabeth Landa
Elizabeth Ramos
Emiko Torrion
Florence Corteza
Gap Foundation
James Boyd
Jane Butterfield
Jeanne Sheahan
Jeff Kahn
Jena Hayashi
John Ericson
John Fanning
John Keiser
Jordona Jackson
Joshua McCann
Judith Buethe Communications
Julianne Bruno
Kate Ford
Kathleen Hart
Katie Chang
Katrina Harvey
Kevin Hoffman
Kristen Barbarics
Laura Thompson
Law Offices of Young, Minney & Corr LLP
Leilani Lafaurie
Lilla Nikolics
Lynzi Zigenhagen and Lindsey Lack
Madeline Lissner
Matthew Countryman
Nate Levine
Oak Valley Community Bank
Paul Montoy-Wilson
PG&E Corporation Foundation
Rebecca Freed
Rebecca Pollon
Robert Lister
Ronald Foster
Sara Normington
Sara Sandhu
Shervey Kong
Shireen Burns
Sidney Hawkins and John Gargiulo
Susan and Stephen Chamberlin
Susie Estrada
Tina and Gordon Strauss
University of the Pacific
Valerie Todd
Victoria and John Dyer
William Choi
William Georges

A Special Thank You to The Chamberlin Family Foundation for Contributing to Aspire in Other Significant Ways