Help Save the Pacific Boychoir Academy

$272,040 of $270,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 3 months
Created February 15, 2019
A match from an Angel Donor just announced! 
An anonymous donor, who stumbled upon a PBA concert just 18 months ago, and was “immediately in awe” of the level of talent and professionalism before her eyes and in her own backyard, has agreed to donate the last $100,000 needed to reach this important goal!

Once we reach $170,000, she will make her contribution of $100,000 to ensure the success of our fundraising effort. So as of now, we only need to raise $100,000 to access this match opportunity. Incredible!! 

Every donation made going forward means twice as much!  Please help with a donation and read and share its story below.

Sometimes referred to as the best kept secret in Oakland, Pacific Boychoir Academy is an outstanding small day school and choral music program best known for their Grammy-winning performances with the San Francisco Symphony and appearance on “America’s Got Talent.”

While PBA is having one of the best years in its 20 year history, it is suddenly facing a significant setback and is fighting for its survival. If it cannot raise funds to cover its operating budget through the end of its current fiscal year in July, it will be forced to radically reduce its day school offerings.
In 2018, PBA was thrilled to receive a donation of four works of Asian art valued by two independent New York appraisers at $2.8 million. As a tuition and donation-driven institution, this gift had the potential to provide the seeds of an endowment, lending long-term security and solvency to the organization.

When PBA’s Board of Directors took steps to sell the art, they were told that the paintings were duplicates and had little value. Having borrowed against the art for program development and operating costs, PBA now owes significant debt against a worthless asset, has had to layoff staff and is struggling to pay its faculty and staff and continue to operate its program.
Not a single faculty member has resigned in the face of pay cuts and the promise of additional hard work, a testimony to the love these teachers and administrators feel for PBA.

Donations of all sizes have the potential to sustain PBA’s operating budget for the next several months until the rewards of its outstanding admissions season become tangible in August.

If you value education on a small, personal scale, classical and contemporary music from all over the world, and the chance to make a tremendous difference in the lives of the students, teachers, and audiences who love Pacific Boychoir Academy, please consider contributing to this fund and sharing our GoFundMe with your network: https://www.gofundme.com/support-pba

We need and appreciate every dollar we receive!
About the Pacific Boychoir
Founded in 1998 by visionary music educator Kevin Fox, a small team of teachers, six boys, and no financial capital, the Pacific Boychoir has grown into a thriving choral music program for about 150 boys ages 4-18. A sister choir, Sorella, for girls ages 6-16 began in 2017 and already serves over 20 girls. In 2004, The Pacific Boychoir Academy, a day school where boys grades 4-8 receive 2.5 hours of music training every day, alongside rigorous, lively academic classes was born. Pacific Boychoir choristers perform alongside professional powerhouses and tour both the U.S. and the world each summer. Since 2004, PBA’s collaborations with the SF Symphony have yielded three Grammy awards, one of which – for Best Choral Performance – was a direct nod to the outstanding quality of the Pacific Boychoir.

PBA is a true underdog organization. Not only does its day school provide a small, intimate setting 100% committed to the academic and musical education of young boys, but it also instills the values of patience, focus, and discipline into its students. Alongside hands-on science classes, an integrated Humanities program, Singapore math, and Spanish, PBA’s students study Latin, coding, art, emotional intelligence, and a home ec-style curriculum lovingly referred to as “the manly arts” - and each year they produce a full-length Shakespeare play. They learn to be independent, caring for their belongings while traveling with the choir in the summers. In a world where young people are increasingly encouraged to seek easy answers, PBA is a counter-cultural force where the old-fashioned word “gentleman” is taken seriously and where faculty and alumni teach boys to value effort, beauty, and hard work. 
PBA has never had an endowment or even medium-sized discretionary budget yet, it still found a way to award financial aid to 74% of its day school students in 2018-2019 and to give back to its community by providing free concerts.

2019 Highlights
●  The number of new applicants for the day school for the 2019-2020 school year has tripled since last year.
●  The 20th Anniversary Season opened with two collaborations with the SF Symphony
●  70% of 8th grade students earned Silver Awards in the National Latin Exam
●  PBA was honored with a Resolution from the City of Oakland for its 20 years of providing excellent education in Oakland
●  Students are preparing for a summer tour to Ireland and for collaborations with American Bach Soloists and Cantata Collective

Donations of all sizes have the potential to sustain PBA’s operating budget for the next several months until the rewards of its outstanding admissions season become tangible in August. If you value education on a small, personal scale, classical and contemporary music from all over the world, and the chance to make a tremendous difference in the lives of the students, teachers, and audiences who love Pacific Boychoir Academy, please consider contributing to this fund. We need and appreciate every dollar we receive!

Hear from the boys and young men who are in the day school or after school music program. They're eager to tell you why PBA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has changed their lives:

PBA Alumni come back year after year to be counselors at its annual Summer Camp at Bishop's Ranch. On this, 20th anniversary year, they sat down to discuss the effect that PBA has had on their lives:

You can learn more about PBA on our website and on Instagram , Facebook , Twitter  & YouTube .
Thank you for your consideration.

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Feeling very grateful for our Angel Donor & each of you!

We are thrilled to announce we have hit our $270,000 fundraising goal! Let’s take a few minutes to appreciate the awesomeness of our community, along with those who, until recently, had never even heard of Pacific Boychoir Academy.

Thanks to you, our many GofundMe'ers, and our community, we can all feel breathe easier knowing that we will be able to continue offering world-class music and academic training to Bay Area boys and girls.

Look what has happened in just 2 months!

- 222 individuals and businesses have donated money; - 98 New Donors!
- PBA received its first ever Sponsorship from The Oakland A's
- We have met with The East Bay Community Foundation
- Received a grant from The Clorox Foundation
- Working with The Oakland Mayor's office on a Concert Series
- Thanks to recent press, we have media connections and new outreach opportunities, receiving invitations to perform from churches, community groups and local colleges.
- Our choristers participated daily by raising $752.02 in the Penny Chase Battle!

Join us to celebrate! Bring your friends to the Concert & Gala! There is so much to look forward to!
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Where will you be in 3 weeks?

Hopefully sitting in the Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall listening to the Pacific Boychoir Academy as they perform favorites for the 20th Anniversary Retrospective Concert!

Saturday, April 27th, 4pm
Join us early for a reception at 3pm

And, we hope you'll spend your evening with us as well, for a beautiful sunset cruise under the Bay Bridge on the Commodore Cabernet Yacht.

There will be a live auction with amazing travel packages to Paris, Costa Rica, or the CA Coast, experiences such as 18 people in the A's Suite, or a tour of Tesla, and so many, many more cool live auction items!

Check it out! Another way to support Pacific Boychoir AND have your own experience you'll never forget!

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That was the sound of spontaneous cheers for Sam Tonkyro, PBA 6th grade day-schooler after he deposited his $100 donation to the Penny Chase Battle! Sam saves his annual birthday-holiday gift money and each year chooses a worthy cause to donate to. This year? Pacific Boychoir Academy!

Part of what Sam was hoping to do was inspire other choristers to donate what they can. He himself was inspired reading the online donations roll call listing alumni choristors (like David Brega for one) who were his counselors at PBA’s Bishop’s Ranch summer camp. His contribution was a direct nod to them as he hopes to one day join their ranks.

Sam told his mother Wendy, “I hope that next year no boy ever needs to hear that their school might not make it” he said, “It stops this year Mom!"
Wendy shared that Sam has been supporting worthwhile causes his whole life, starting as early as preschool, with socks for Tsunami victims. Other beneficiaries of Sam’s generosity include Haitian school children, Big Cat Rescue, the World Wildlife Foundation, GRIP (serving low-income and homeless families in Richmond), and his former school Crestmont Elementary.

He has donated money, food, toys, and time serving the less fortunate. Wendy shared that Sam was pleased he could continue their family’s tradition of helping when and how they can at PBA. She said “That's always been our goal, just to quietly realize we all have a part to play, and even if what we have to offer isn’t a lot, it's important to still contribute.”

Another anonymous family placed a $100.00 bill into Prelude-Minstrel’s jug!

We are humbled and grateful to receive these offerings from our choristers. We are grateful to each of you for every amount each of you have given!
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We are thrilled to have everyone's support, from across the country to our own back yard. We want to highlight a PBA Volunteer, Carol Copperud, whose outreach has inspired $1,220 in donations from the SF Symphony Chorus. Carol has sung with the SF Symphony Chorus longer than any other current member!

This type of support means so much to us! As you know, we hear their beautiful voices as well every time we perform with the SF Symphony at Davies Hall. 

Carol started volunteering with PBA in the fall by helping out in our Humanities classroom, most recently supporting the middle school students as they practiced their lines for Macbeth.
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$272,040 of $270,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 3 months
Created February 15, 2019
Funds raised will benefit:
Pacific Boychoir Academy
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