Who We Are

Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor is one of the foremost creative youth development nonprofit organizations in the country. We transform the lives of young people in low‑income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education. By nurturing each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate, they gain the skills necessary for success in school and in life.

Through Lift, We Will Be Able To Serve More and Deepen Our Impact

In 2009, The Wooden Floor’s Board of Directors and staff embarked on a significant strategic planning process, resulting in an ambitious 10-year Strategic Vision 2010-2020. Our organizational strengths in leadership, management, and fiscal position bring us to this time when intentional growth and advancement are needed for three key reasons.

WE MUST
GO DEEPER.

Our record of student success has fueled internal growth in our student body through a high retention rate. We must expand current programming to sustain outcomes for larger numbers of students on their paths to success in school and in life.

WE MUST
START EARLIER.

The college access landscape is rapidly changing. Four-year college eligibility is increasingly competitive, and the bar continues to rise. We must advance to help students overcome challenges to access higher education.

WE MUST
SERVE MORE.

Across the past five years we have been forced to turn away 80% of children who line up to enroll, due to current space constraints. We are called to pursue collaborative growth opportunities to serve more children.

OUR GOAL:
$27,200,000

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Percent Towards Goal

CURRENT COMMITMENTS:
$14,683,388

The organization of this major fundraising effort into a comprehensive campaign, counting all philanthropic support over a four‐year period, allows us to focus on the needs of the organization and those we serve holistically, recognizing that all aspects of our funding support each other.

To achieve our goals, we have identified the following three key funding priorities:

 1. Advance Student Success

GROWTH AND EXCELLENCE WITH EXISTING PROGRAMS
$11.5 MILLION

To continue to best support the most vulnerable children and families we serve, our annual operating budget is funded predominately by private, philanthropic contributions. To maintain and deepen high-quality programs that respond to the evolving needs of a growing number of students, we must grow our base of annual support across a four-year period to fund $11.5 million by 2020.

2. Invest in Tomorrow’s Leaders

EXTENSION OF THE WOODEN FLOOR CAMPUS
$5.7 MILLION

The Wooden Floor at Depot at Santiago 
We will grow to serve 100 more students year-round (totaling 475) through an additional annex campus constructed in partnership with C&C Development’s Depot at Santiago work-force housing community. We seek to raise $2.85 million to fund 10 years of costs to extend high-quality programming through an additional dance studio, education center, and family counseling and resource center. Located less than one mile from our current location, this new annex will form a “connected campus” where all students will be served at both campuses to holistically meet their daily needs.

Accelerator for Innovation Fund
To remain as a leader in creative youth development, we must focus and invest in: experimentation, research, risk-taking, and investment to move more young people forward. This $2.85 million opportunity fund will provide seed capital for future local programmatic growth, as well as dissemination of The Wooden Floor in a Box© to licensed partners across the nation.

3. Pivot to the Future of Education

SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH ENDOWMENT GROWTH
$10 MILLION

$10 million in endowed fund investments will provide a more sustainable future and ensure expansion opportunities exist for future generations of deserving students. We seek to raise $4 million to build upon our existing endowment, and an additional $2 million in each of three designated endowed funds to advance the following programmatic priorities: Artistic and Dance-Making Initiatives, Student Support Services, and College Scholarships.

It’s Your Move

WILL YOU HELP US LIFT CHILDREN OUT OF POVERTY TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL?

Within our first, quiet phase launched in 2016, we are proud and grateful to have received 100% financial and volunteer participation from The Wooden Floor Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet and executive staff. We are well-positioned and on track of benchmarks to achieve our campaign working goal of $27.2 million.

Now, to reach this significant goal to move the needle for those we serve, we need your help.

Your investment of this unprecedented campaign will strengthen The Wooden Floor’s commitment to transform the lives of more young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education – now, and for generations to come.

We are deeply grateful for your generous consideration.

It’s Your Move

WILL YOU HELP US LIFT CHILDREN OUT OF POVERTY TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL?

Within our first, quiet phase launched in 2016, we are proud and grateful to have received 100% financial and volunteer participation from The Wooden Floor Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet and executive staff. We are well-positioned and on track of benchmarks to achieve our campaign working goal of $27.2 million.

Now, to reach this significant goal to move the needle for those we serve, we need your help.

Your investment of this unprecedented campaign will strengthen The Wooden Floor’s commitment to transform the lives of more young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education – now, and for generations to come.

We are deeply grateful for your generous consideration.

Gift and Recognition Opportunities

To ensure all donors are acknowledged and recognized appropriately, special naming opportunities in addition to annual support recognition have been developed to show our deep gratitude for generous gifts to Lift.

CAMPUS EXPANSION

THE WOODEN FLOOR AT DEPOT AT SANTIAGO
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES

Dance Studio
$1,000,000

Education & Community Room
$1,000,000

Counseling Office &
Family Resource Center
$500,000

Reception Lobby
$500,000

Boys’ Dressing Room
$250,000

Girls’ Dressing Room
$250,000

10-YEAR JOURNEY CIRCLE

Annex Catalysts
Underwrite annual participation for 100 new students
$250,000

Annex Advocates
Underwrite annual participation for 40 new students
$100,000

THE WOODEN FLOOR ENDOWMENT

ENDOWED ARTISTIC & DANCE-MAKING FUNDS

Dance-making & Performance Fund
$1,000,000

Dance-Free Weeks Fund
$1,000,000

Artistic Enrichment
Experiences Fund
$500,000

Artistic Custom Fund
$250,000

Master Classes Fund
$200,000

10-YEAR JOURNEY CIRCLE

Lead Class Partner Fund
Underwrite a graduating class of 25-40 students
$250,000

Class Partner Fund
Underwrite 10 students on their college preparatory journey
$100,000

Family Services Fund
$100,000 – $250,000

Student Enrichment Activities Fund
$100,000 – $250,000

ENDOWED COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

ENDOWED ARTISTIC & DANCE-MAKING FUNDS

College Scholarship Funds
$100,000+

“I wish The Wooden Floor was in every city because it provides an invaluable service to an under‑served community. These kids would not be where they are without it. I get emotional talking about it. Where else can you drop off your child and know they are cared for by people who are really, genuinely invested in their future? We would never be able to afford dance classes let alone everything else The Wooden Floor offers. It’s amazing that, from a dance class, our life has taken a completely different path.”

ROSSI STAYNOVA, MOTHER OF EMMA

At The Wooden Floor, the whole family is supported. Izrael joined The Wooden Floor in 2016, and was followed by his brother Daren who enrolled the following year. According to their mother Sandra, The Wooden Floor has been an educational experience not only for her boys, but for her and her husband, as well. Sandra and her husband have access to parenting and communications workshops, one-on-one counseling, and other free services to help their boys succeed in school and in life.

Campaign Leadership

CAMPAIGN CABINET

Damien M. Jordan
Campaign Chair

Joan and Donald Beall
Honorary Chairs

Virginia and Richard C. Hunsaker
Honorary Chairs

Michelle Dean
James A. Driscoll

Judith F. Posnikoff
Diane Sawyer

Saar Swartzon
Tod White

“My wife, Yvonne, and I met with a high school senior of The Wooden Floor and her parents who said that they knew as smart as their daughter was, she would never have had the opportunity to go to college and study pre‑med without The Wooden Floor. Now, imagine hundreds of more students on the path to graduating high school and going to college. We find that very powerful. Lift: The Campaign for The Wooden Floor will make that image a reality.”

–DAMIEN M. JORDAN, CAMPAIGN CHAIR

“From our Board of Directors, staff, and parents, to our supporters, we are united as one in a single goal: to move young people forward. The impact of our mission is real, and we see it every day — one changed life can change an entire community.”


–DAWN S. REESE,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

“My wife, Yvonne, and I met with a high school senior of The Wooden Floor and her parents who said that they knew as smart as their daughter was, she would never have had the opportunity to go to college and study pre‑med without The Wooden Floor. Now, imagine hundreds of more students on the path to graduating high school and going to college. We find that very powerful. Lift: The Campaign for The Wooden Floor will make that image a reality.”

–DAMIEN M. JORDAN, CAMPAIGN CHAIR

“From our Board of Directors, staff, and parents, to our supporters, we are united as one in a single goal: to move young people forward. The impact of our mission is real, and we see it every day — one changed life can change an entire community.”


–DAWN S. REESE,
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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