BUILD THEM A SCHOOL THEY DESERVE
PERSONALIZE A FEATHER PLAQUE
Since opening in 2010, Inspire School of Arts & Sciences has provided students with the unique opportunity to explore and intensively learn in the areas of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, digital media arts, engineering, and science – unlike any other high school in the North State. This award-winning high school commits to preparing students within a connected school community for a successful transition to college, work, and life experiences that reflect a lifelong love of learning, a fearless approach to risk-taking, a healthy work ethic, collaborative learning, and a passionate commitment to service. They have accomplished this for 10 years in portables behind another high school.
From the beginning, Inspire has held the vision of moving to a new site. In late 2019, Inspire became eligible for Prop 51 funds from the state of California through a charter facilities grant applied for in Spring 2017.
Under this program, the state will fund up to $10 million, if the Foundation can realize a $10 million match. Inspire has also realized significant funds dedicated to facilities through a local school bond (Measure K, 2016).
Also in February 2019, Chico Unified School District approved Inspire’s use of seven acres of a Canyon View property that was funded with a local school bond (Measure A, 1998). Parallel with this momentum, the Inspire Foundation was established with the purpose of supporting the school and launching a capital campaign to build our students and staff the school they deserve at this new site.
The Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Foundation is vigorously raising funds to build a truly inspiring campus, as well as bridging the gap between the state allocated funding and the costs of providing industry-current pathways and programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering.
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The project goal for the first phase is $20M. With the funding from the state, we have $10M and Chico Unified School District’s contribution of $1M, we are 60% funded for the project.
- Capital Campaign Funding Progress 60% 60%
Naming a part of the school is a wonderful way to leave a reminder of your generosity or honor a family member or alumni. Additionally, ALL donations are matched – making your donation even more significant. If you would like to leave a lasting legacy, please contact our Development Director to discuss available options. All pledges can be made over a two year period. We want to work with you and your passion for the future of this school and the thousands of students who will pass through these doors.
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With Your Help, We Can Build A School They Deserve
As seen in the Ron Howard documentary “Rebuilding Paradise”, the 2018 Camp Fire that devastated the community burned a quarter of the Inspire student’s homes and increased the poverty level of Inspire families, quickly redirecting the staff’s efforts to meeting the fundamental needs of families. Then, in the same month that the Inspire Foundation was launching their first capital campaign to build their new school, the COVID-19 global pandemic caused the closure of thousands of local businesses, leading to another tragedy that has had serious impacts on the North State economy.
Now, Inspire has two years to raise $10 million in order to receive the matching funds from the state to build their new school, and we need your help in this effort. You, our valued supporter, can be part of making this vision a reality and building a lasting legacy for the arts and sciences in this rural area of Northern California.
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Is your donation tax-deductible?
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. And the Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Foundation is a 509(a)3 which is also a tax-exempt organization.
ARE THEIR NAMING OPTIONS?
Yes! We have two options:
1. Buildings and quads will have plaques with donor's names.
2. A mural as the backdrop of the amphitheatre will have feathers that will be etched with names of donors.
how can i learn more about the project?
Once a month, the Inspire Development Director will hold updates for the community. You can register to the next meeting here and once signed up, you will receive a calendar invite with Zoom login information.
What happens if the school does not raise the funds?
The school will need to take out a loan to cover what they can but the project and the program would be in jeopardy.
All donations can be made online through our secure site or mailed to: Inspire Foundation, 335 W. Sacramento Ave, Chico, CA 95926