Meet Charlene!

Now in 8th grade at Ryan Banks Academy, Charlene joined us last year in 7th grade as one of our founding students.  When she grows up, she wants to be a lawyer or start her own clothing line company.  The best advice that she has been given is to follow her dreams, and not to listen to negativity. Her favorite thing about RBA is that teachers take a lot of time to work with each individual student.

We are so excited to announce that we have now raised $106,000 toward the $150,000 we need to raise in order to get a $150,000 match gift.  We are getting closer but we still need your help!!  If everyone we know made a donation (of any size!) we could easily surpass this number – which would go so far to help us move closer to being a boarding school.  Whether you wish to contribute $10 or $10,000, every gift is so appreciated and will have a significant impact on changing the lives of our amazing students! Gifts can be made here on our holiday campaign page, and we can also accept gifts through stocks, checks, and even BitPay donations of bitcoin via this page.

I also want to give a shout out to some of our supporters who are going above and beyond to help us fundraise with their friends and family.  Here are a few quick and easy ideas that can really make a difference:

1. A bunch of our supporters are hosting Facebook fundraisers for RBA right now.  30% of all giving happens in December, so for many people, this is the time of year where they are searching for a deserving nonprofit to give back to!  All you have to do is to click on “Fundraisers” along the left side of your Facebook feed, then click “Find a charity”, then select Ryan Banks Academy – it’s that easy!

2.  One of our valued supporters, Vanessa, had the brilliant idea to host a 50-50 raffle for RBA at her upcoming holiday party.  Guests will be encouraged to buy raffle tickets, and the winner will get half the pot, while half the pot will go back to RBA. This is such a great way of getting others involved who normally may not be givers, and everyone gets excited about the chance to win half the pot!  This idea can also be used amongst groups of friends, with coworkers, or at family gatherings.

3.  Another super star supporter, Ann, recently hosted a party and she asked attendees to make a gift to RBA in lieu of bringing a house warming party.

We are always so thankful for gifts to RBA, but especially now during this important match campaign, your support means more than ever before.  If you wish to help get the word out to your friends and network in any of these ways, we are happy to help provide materials that can be shared and to help in any way.

Thank you so much for all you are doing to create a bright future for students like Charlene!!

With gratitude,
Val Groth
Founder & CEO
Ryan Banks Academy