Funding Partners

SPIRIT SERIES is made possible through on-going support from Federal, state, and local government funding, parent-teacher organizations, private donors, corporations, and philanthropic institutions. In 2007, the SERIES received 501(c)(3) IRS non-profit status and has been supported by a wide range of funders, including the following:

• The Ahmanson Foundation
• Androscoggin Bank
• Bill & Jody Fay – 707 Poker Tournament
• The Burke Family Foundations
• The Carol and James Collins Foundation
• Davis Family Foundation
• David & Lona O’Connor
• Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
• Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Program
• The Glen and Angela Charles Family Foundation
• The Green Foundation
• Jane’s Trust
• Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – District 3
• Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
• Maine Community Foundation
• Maine Department of Education

• Moss Foundation
• National Endowment for the Humanities
• Niagara Cares
• The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
• Rines Thompson Fund
• The Rose Hills Foundation
• Sam L. Cohen Foundation
• Shari and Richard Foos
• Simone and Tensch Coxe
• Shinnyo-En Foundation
• Singer, Burke, Zimmer, LLP
• Summit Natural Gas of Maine
• Thomas S. Murphy
• Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation
• Wells Fargo Bank
• Willow Creek Charitable

Los Angeles County Arts and CultureSPIRIT SERIES is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

Thank you

Our heartfelt thanks goes to all those who have lent their generous support to our mission over the years. With your gifts, SPIRIT SERIES has touched the lives of countless thousands, bringing empowerment, mastery, and inspiration to students in school communities from coast to coast.



“We are proud to partner with SPIRIT SERIES and the powerful work you do.”

— Diane Brissette, Eaton Vance
  • “The process was great! Working with my Writing Buddy really helped.”
    — Keiran Rao10th Grade, San Francisco CA
  • “It changed my life — Spirit Series!”
    Dominika Peikos7th Grade
  • It's time we tend to the spirit of our children!
    Sonia MillerPrincipal, Samuel Gompers Middle School
  • It was an honor doing Spirit Series — I will remember it for the rest of my life!
    Maria Aguilar8th Grade
  • “Their stories made me cry! These kids said amazing things and just blew me away.”
    — Marne TrevesLAUSD Teacher, Los Angeles CA
  • “As educators, we are fueled by those small but powerful moments when a student steps out of their comfort zone and stretches their thinking. Thank you Spirit Series!”
    — Michele KenistonPrincipal, Berwick ME
  • This program should be in every school across America!
    William Donovan6th Grade Parent