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Annual Giving: Double Your Impact Today
Annual Giving: Double Your Impact Today
Annual Giving: Double Your Impact Today

MSA Foundation & Funding

Our Mission

Our mission is to create opportunities for the Marin School of the Arts to innovate and support a quality arts education experience for all of its students.

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Who We Are

The MSA Foundation (MSAF) was formed to fill the gap between district funding and program needs—guest teaching artists, resources and equipment, instrument upgrades, and more. While supportive of MSA, Novato Unified School District is only able to cover the costs of facilities and teacher salaries.

What We Do

The MSA Foundation provides resources and funding, beyond what is financed by the public school district, to support, enhance and sustain the quality of arts education for all Novato High School and Marin School of the Arts students. The MSAF raises more than $400,000 annually to meet this need.

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How We Do It

The MSAF Board meets monthly during the school year to plan and implement fundraising activities. MSA families are also encouraged to contribute $750 per student each year through the Annual Giving Campaign to help fund MSA program needs. Participation is voluntary and does not impact student admission.

MSAF-support-who-we-are

Who We Are

The MSA Foundation (MSAF) was formed to fill the gap between district funding and program needs—guest teaching artists, resources and equipment, instrument upgrades, and more. While supportive of MSA, Novato Unified School District is only able to cover the costs of facilities and teacher salaries.

MSAF-support-what-we-do

What We Do

The MSA Foundation provides resources and funding, beyond what is financed by the public school district, to support, enhance and sustain the quality of arts education for all Novato High School and Marin School of the Arts students. The MSAF raises more than $400,000 annually to meet this need.

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How We Do It

The MSAF Board meets monthly during the school year to plan and implement fundraising activities. MSA families are also encouraged to contribute $750 per student each year through the Annual Giving Campaign to help fund MSA program needs. Participation is voluntary and does not impact student admission.

How You Can Help

Join our team! It takes a village to produce two annual fundraising events for MSA as well as secure community participation and donations. Whether you can volunteer regularly or only an hour here and there, there’s no task too small or too large! Learn more about our opportunities below:

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Volunteer!

We have several committees and activities that could use your skills. Please share your availability/expertise with us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can:

  • Divine Wine & Food
  • MSA Showcase
  • Volunteer Committee
  • Gratitude Team
  • Business Development
  • Grant Research & Writing
  • Annual Giving Campaign
  • Communications
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Contribute!

Please consider either supporting MSA through our Annual Giving Campaign or becoming a Business Partner, which also benefits our Annual Giving Campaign.

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Join!

Become a member of the MSA Foundation. Our board of parents is a fun group committed to the arts. Submit your application and/or contact us to learn more.

How We Raise Funds

Funding resources include the Annual Giving Campaign, corporate and foundation grants, and the Business Partner Campaign, as well as annual fundraising activities and events.

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Where Funds Support MSA

  • Guest teachers, including specialized instruction in music, dance and theater and more
  • Teaching tools and technology, including upgraded video equipment, photography and digital arts computers, equipment and software, musical instruments and equipment, sheet music, costumes and props, licensing and royalty fees
  • Department projects without other funding sources
  • Facility upgrades specific to arts instruction
  • After school programs, including student tutoring
  • Promotion, advertising and printing costs
  • Administrative, marketing and fund development staff
  • Major fundraiser expenses, including the annual MSA Showcase highlighting student and program achievements for families and funders
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