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In 2015, with your support, ARTS will be:

• Expanding our Social Work Team to address a sharp increase in the
need for crisis intervention and long-term social work support

• Offering 40 paid, youth apprenticeships in creative industries (double the
number from last year!), moving ARTS and youth toward greater self-sufficiency

• Increasing outreach to children of military families, as National City is home to
the second-largest population of active military personnel in San Diego County

• Creating eight new works of art in the community as part of our Youth
Civic Engagement and Community Revitalization Initiative

in order to help youth find their true identity through the arts.

Cutting access to the arts out of schools and communities is one of the truest forms of identity theft; not allowing artistic and creative kids to find their true selves. Too often the youth we work with are given negative and false identities by society; homeless, abused, mentally ill, at-risk. Having a positive sense of identity is key to having a sense of self value and purpose in life. ARTS is here to give kids their true identities back and celebrate who they really are.

-Matt D’Arrigo, CEO & Founder, A Reason To Survive


“Eleven months ago I was at Rady Children’s Hospital recovering from a massive panic attack and 6th suicide attempt. I had just turned 17… Since getting involved with ARTS I have only been back to the hospital once for a panic attack but was so mad that I missed classes at ARTS that I never went back to the hospital again and I have not hurt myself since. Being a part of A Reason To Survive has made me stay away from the hospital and kept me strong. It’s literally given me a reason to survive… We now talk about my dreams of maybe becoming a psychiatric nurse or art therapist. With ARTS in my life I now have hope that my dreams will come true.
-Jessica Petrikowski, 17, ARTS Empower Student

If your portfolio is bouncing back and you’d like to make a gift of Stock Transfer, please contact
Wendy Endsley, Development Director: (619) 297-2787 ext 2002 or


THANK YOU for your support!

More Opportunities to Give

Amazon Smile
By selecting A Reason To Survive as your charity of choice at, Amazon Smile will donate a percentage of your purchase to ARTS through your existing Amazon account.

In-Kind Gift
You can help ARTS reduce its operating expenses by contributing items that would normally have to be purchased, such as art supplies, office supplies, and equipment for the ARTS Center. A wish list can be found by clicking here.

Planned Giving
Leave a legacy of hope and healing for future generations of children while enjoying the many benefits of tax-wise charitable strategies.

Give to the Endowment
As we look to the future of ARTS, it’s important to know that our ability to offer healing experiences in the visual, performing, and literary arts to children will not be financially compromised, therefore we established the ARTS Endowment at The San Diego Foundation. Gifts to the endowment will ensure our success for many years to come.

Become a Corporate Partner
ARTS relies on the support of the corporate community to help provide high quality experiences to children. Your business can support ARTS by investing in a cause marketing opportunity or becoming a sponsor of one of ARTS special events.

Matching Gifts
Many corporations support non-profit organizations by matching employee contributions, either in full or at a specified percentage. These matching gifts can provide financial support to ARTS, at no additional cost to the employee. Ask your company if they have a matching gift program.

Car Donation
Cars 4 Causes makes it easy for you to donate your car, truck, boat, RV or motorcycle to help support ARTS! Simply fill out the online form and Cars 4 Causes will tow your vehicle (running or not) and take care of all paperwork at no charge to you. Cars 4 Causes then sells the vehicle and will notify you with a letter acknowledging the gross proceeds received from the sale of your vehicle once it has been sold!


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