General Giving Information

Orange County School of the Arts is a tuition-free, donation-dependent, public charter school. No student is offered or denied enrollment based upon financial capacity. Through a public-private partnership, the State of California provides funding for the academic instructional program offered at OCSA. In addition, we must raise approximately $12 million to fund the 16 arts conservatory programs each year. We rely solely on generous contributions from our families, members of the community, and corporate partners to help us reach this goal.

The collective Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) pledges from all of our families determine the annual budget for each conservatory. Any pledge or donations you make will be allocated directly to your child’s individual conservatory budget.

All cash donations to the school are fully tax deductible.

Below are some of the options available to support your child’s conservatory. For additional information about the following options, please scroll down.

  • Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA): To make a contribution toward the VCA, login by clicking the "Pay My Pledge" button below.

  • Performance Program Advertising

  • Letter Writing Campaign

  • Company Gift Matching Program

  • FAQs: Please scroll to the bottom of this page to read more

OCSA is registered as a non-profit organization per IRS designation 501(c)3. Please click here for a copy of the IRS letter.

If you have questions, please contact Becky Parsons, Family Liaison, at becky.parsons@ocsarts.net or call (714) 560-0900, ext. 5535.


Voluntary Contribution Agreement Payment

PLEASE NOTE

This page is for pledge payment and should be used only after you've completed and submitted your Voluntary Contribution Agreement to the Business Office. You will need to do one-time registration to validate your email.  Your email will become your login. If you would like to make a pledge payment, please click the button below, then select "Register," or "Login" if you have already registered your account.

Performance Program Advertising

As part of the parent giving program, OCSA families are encouraged to purchase or sell performance program advertising space for businesses. The 2020-2021 performance program will be digital online publications presented with each of the conservatory productions. Prices range from $125 to $6,000 depending upon the ad size and location within the digital program. This fundraiser begins on June 1st each year and is the one school-wide fundraiser offered to help families reach their individual contribution goals. The digital programs will reach a broader audience with an enhanced online presence.

Select a link below to download a PDF:

How To Submit Your Ad Artwork

Please refer to artwork submission detail on the ad form above.

  1. Fax or email completed ad form with payment to (714) 664-0463 or becky.parsons@ocsarts.net.

  2. Click the link below and follow simple directions to upload artwork.

Any artwork submission related questions, please contact Anel Cantu at anel.cantu@ocsarts.net or (714) 560-0900, ext. 5635. For questions regarding advertising opportunities, email Becky Parsons, Family Liaison, or call (714) 560-0900, ext. 5535.

Letter Writing Campaign

We encourage our families to solicit donations from individuals such as family and friends. Donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a donation tax receipt each year in January for their donations from the prior calendar year. The letters below are MS Word samples that you may edit to customize for your own needs.

If you have questions, please contact Becky Parsons at (714) 560-0900, ext. 5535 or becky.parsons@ocsarts.net.

Company Gift Matching Program

Leverage Your Donation Through Matching Gifts.

Do you work for a company that will match cash gifts made by an employee to a certified non-profit organization?

If you, or your spouse, work for or has retired from a company which has an employee gift matching program, you may be able to DOUBLE or even triple your cash gift to the Orange County School of the Arts.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select the link below. Key in your employer's name to see if your company matches gifts.
  2. Obtain a matching gift form from your company’s Human Resources or Payroll Office.
  3. Fill out your form and forward to Becky Parsons at OCSA. You may also be able to submit your request online.
  4. Write a check or provide your credit/debit card number and expiration date.
  5. Send your matching gift form along with your check or card number to:

    Business Office
    Orange County School of the Arts
    1010 N. Main St.
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

Voluntary Contribution Agreement: FAQ

What does the State of California pay for?

OCSA expects to receive approximately $26 million from the State of California, depending on actual enrollment numbers. This funding is allocated as follows:

  • 100% of OCSA’s Academic Instruction expenses, including teacher and support staff salaries, health benefits, classroom supplies, and professional development
  • 75% of OCSA’s Security expenses
  • 75% of OCSA’s Technology expenses
  • 75% of OCSA’s General & Administrative expenses
  • 75% of OCSA’s Capital expenses
  • 75% of OCSA’s Facilities expenses
  • 75% of OCSA’s Debt Service (Mortgage Payment) expenses

Do these arts conservatory contributions include performance opportunities?

Yes. Each conservatory director will determine the performance calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Additional performance fees may be requested for specific performance opportunities.

What is a matching gift?

Many corporations offer a matching gift program. Foreach dollar donated to the school, your employer may match your donation! Additional information can be found on this page. 

What happens if I cannot donate/raise the full amount associated with my child’s conservatory program?

We encourage families to take advantage of the alternate fundraising opportunities offered as part of the Voluntary Contribution Agreement. A limited amount of assistance from OCSA’s Foundation may be available to those conservatories whose families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program. Financial contributions are not required for a child to participate in any conservatory or academic program.

What happens if I do not donate?

Conservatory budgets are based solely on collective parent commitments of cash donations and fundraising activities. At the beginning of the school year, if there are conservatories with low parent donations/fundraising commitments, those conservatory programs will be budgeted to have a modified or reduced program. If there are conservatories with parent donations fundraising commitments that are dramatically less than budgeted, those conservatory programs may have the number of instructional days reduced to compensate for the lack of funding. If your personal situation changes during the year and you are unable to fulfill your commitment, please contact Becky Parsons, Family Liaison, at becky.parsons@ocsarts.net or (714) 560-0900, Ext. 5535.

What are the volunteer opportunities for the 2020-2021 school year?

A comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities will be provided at On-Campus Registration in August. Volunteers are needed at the school during school hours, but many jobs can be done on weekends, in the evenings, and at school performances, including making phone calls or stuffing envelopes. There is a volunteer opportunity to fit almost every time frame and skill level. Parental involvement is not a requirement for acceptance to, or continued enrollment at, OCSA.

What is Encore and why should I join?

Encore is a fun, social membership group that provides opportunities throughout the year to:

  • Socialize with other OCSA parents and grandparents
  • Receive premier seating to select events, including Season Finale
  • Receive invitations to special events, including Season Premiere, Tree Lighting, and Gala
  • Attend private pre-event receptions and adult conservatory events for Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Ballroom Dance, Visual Arts, and more
  • Receive an exclusive all-access campus parking pass (Maestro level and above)
  • Win $2,500 for arts enrichment and/or master artist guest teachers for your student’s conservatory (awarded to the conservatory with the highest percentage of Encore members each fall)
  • And more!

Best of all, proceeds are tax-deductible, providing valuable support for school-wide initiatives, including College Fair and campus security. Join online today at www.ocsarts.net/encore. For questions about Encore, please contact Anna Belmer at anna.belmer@ocsarts.net.

What is OCSA’s estimated budget for the 2020-2021 school year?

Based on an enrollment of 2,325 students, the projected total annual operating budget will be approximately $38 million for the 2020-2021 school year. OCSA will receive approximately $26 million from the State of California and expects to raise approximately $12 million through fundraising activities.

What does the arts conservatory funding pay for?

OCSA must raise approximately $12 million for the 2020-2021 school year to pay for 100% of OCSA’s Arts Instruction expenses and the remaining 25% of each of the expenses listed above.

If I want to donate additional money, where does that money go?

Additional donations and fundraising activities above the amount indicated will go directly to your child’s arts conservatory program.

How do I solicit funds from private donors?

Many OCSA parents and students have sent letters to friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues requesting donations. All donors will receive tax receipts each January for the prior calendar year. Sample letters can be downloaded above on this page.

How do I solicit funds from corporations or foundations?

Please contact Cathy Michaels, OCSA’s Vice President of Development, at cathy.michaels@ocsarts.net or (714) 560-0900, ext. 5532 to coordinate.

What is the OCSA Foundation?

From its earliest days, philanthropy has played a key role in OCSA’s ability to provide this transformative arts and academic experience. OCSA is not a private school; as a public charter school, it is tuition free and donation dependent. OCSA serves a diverse student body and is accessible to all students, regardless of their family’s socioeconomic standing. The nonprofit OCSA Foundation helps raise nearly $12 million annually in private contributions from individuals, businesses, corporations, and foundations to support the following areas:

  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Help students in need through the Artist Scholar
  • Sponsorship Program
  • Inspire students through the Master Artist Series and Creators & Innovators Series
  • Create enriching opportunities and provide necessary equipment and supplies through Hearts for the Arts
  • Provide accessible community arts engagement programming

The OCSA Foundation’s focus is not to single handedly fund the day-to-day operations of the school, but rather to partner with parents, providing additional financial support and enrichment opportunities to benefit all students.

What is the Parents Arts Council (PAC)?

The Parents Arts Council (PAC) is a group of parent representatives who serve as a leadership entity for each arts conservatory program. The PAC focuses on communication, marketing activities, social opportunities, and fundraising initiatives for a specific conservatory. The PAC is similar to a traditional high school “booster club.”

What is the Parent Support Organization (PSO)?

The Parent Support Organization (PSO) provides an opportunity for parents to stay connected to what’s happening at OCSA, by providing the school community with a supportive and collaborative organization for parents, teachers, and staff. The PSO helps to provide resources to the school in order to further enhance students’ academic, artistic, physical, and emotional growth; organize OCSA parents for volunteer efforts; keep parents informed; and solicit parent input regarding school policies. The PSO also makes contributions each year for teacher grants in support of school-wide initiatives. The PSO is similar to a traditional high school “Parent Teacher Association” or “PTA.” To learn more, please visit www.ocsarts.net/pso.