With more than 26 times their tipping point raised, this program can provide creative writing assistance to one school for an entire school year. Up to 52 students can pen creative works which are then performed by professional actors at an end of the year school assembly.
The following post is a project update from Nick Gauna, Campaign Organizer for the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, and the Young Storytellers Foundation Grassroots campaign that raised $11,451 for the Script-to-Stage Program.
When I received the application from The Young Storytellers Foundation and read about the Script-to-Stage Program, I was very excited to chat with Jason, associate director at YSF. After creating terms and designing a fabulous campaign, an opportunity arose to have a Grassroots campaign be featured when Groupon showcased Movie Award Season deals, and I pined to have YSF as the featured organization.
The campaign had an astonishing performance, raising just more than $11,000. Jason got back to me with a post campaign report from this great partnership:
“In February of 2012, YSF launched a charitable giving campaign on the Groupon website with the goal of raising enough money to fund our Script-to-Stage Program in one elementary school for a semester. The program brings volunteer mentors into schools for a nine-week program in dramatic writing.
By weeks end, we had raised enough money to deliver the program to two schools for a full year, far exceeding our wildest expectations.
The money raised in this campaign will give fifth grade students at Edison Language Academy and Wilshire Crest Elementary School a scholarship to the program. Both are public schools designated Title 1, meaning that a large majority of students receive free lunch (a major economic indicator). The school’s diverse student populations are, due to this and other socio-economic indicators, in the category of ‘at-risk’ in educational terms. Arts education programs have been deemed especially effective in serving students in these populations.
Forty students will participate in the nine-week program over the 2012–2013 school year, gaining important language arts skills, writing and re-writing their own scripts, and finally seeing their works performed by professional actors as a direct result of the YSF/Groupon Campaign.”
Thanks for the update, Jason!