✌ Vision Academy Fall Pledge Drive

Believe in Kids

Vision Academy's mission to bring positive mentorship to kids across San Francisco through the game of chess is working, and we need your help! 

In just four years, Vision Academy has grown from a small summer camp into a year-round program working with 200+ youth at 15 locations across San Francisco. Last year alone we experienced growth of 275%! 

Our fundraising goal is to raise $30k to ensure we can keep up with the continued growth. Please show your support for our youth and our work by making an investment today. All donations are tax-deductible. Click to Donate Now

(Thankful to have community support from: Faultline Studios, Rye Project, Heron Arts, Motley Goods, and Dan Perata Training. Join our growing list of supporters by donating today!)


Please click on a bold support level below to make a pledge:

Click to Give $25. FRIEND. Thank you for your gift! We are putting you on the list for our donor celebration event in November.

Click to Give $50. SUPPORTER. Thanks! We are going to shout you out on Twitter! Plus you get the perk listed above.

Click to Give $100. HELPING HANDS. Thanks! We are going to shout you out on Facebook! Plus you get the perks listed above.

Click to Give $250. GO LIL' PAWN GO! Thanks! You just sponsored one kid for a semester of chess! We are going to send you a custom thank you card from one of our young artists, and the perks listed above!

Click to Give $500. ONWARD KNIGHTS! Thanks! You just sponsored two kids for a semester of chess! We are going to send you a custom thank you video, list you on our website as a Knight Level Donor, and give you the perks listed above!

Click to Give $1,000. THE CASTLE BUILDER. Thanks! We are going to send you a medal, list you on our website as a Castle Level Donor, as well as give you the perks listed above!

Click to Give $5,000. GRAND MASTER. Thanks! You just sponsored a chess club for a year! We are going to send you a trophy, list you on our website as a Grand Master Level Donor, and give you all the perks listed above!

Click to Give $10,000. ANGEL GIVER. Thanks! You just sponsored 4 kids for a year of afterschool programming. We are going to name one of this year’s youth Chess Tournaments after you, plus we are going to send you an extra big trophy, list you on our website as an Angel Giver, and give you all the perks listed above! 

SIGN-UP FOR MONTHLY GIVING. Can't give all at once? Become an ongoing supporter by signing up for monthly giving. We'll even give you the perks based on a full year's worth of donations!

VOLUNTEER. We love volunteers! Click here to learn more about volunteering.

INSTITUTIONAL GIVING. For institutional and corporate sponsorship, please email us at sf@thevisionacademy.org, or contact Da’Shay Portis, Development and Grants Coordinator at 415-347-9709 ext. 10.



Letter from our Executive Director ]


Dear Supporters and Community Members,

Can you imagine if every school had an amazing chess club, all children had access to engaging after-school programming, every kid went to a super-fun summer camp, and kids united weekly and monthly in city-wide chess tournaments? We can. 

We believe in kids.

It is both amazing and humbling that over the course of four short years, our youth program has grown from one small summer camp, into a year-round program that serves 200+ kids per week across 9 neighborhoods in 15 different locations, provides 50+ scholarships each summer for camp, is in fruitful partnerships with 19 other incredible non-profits, and has a dedicated and growing group of staff members, interns, volunteers, youth volunteers, and mentors. 

We are growing, and we need your help.

Taking large steps, and growing to serve more kids in our community is not possible without you. Although Vision Academy receives funding in the form of program fees and grants, our organization also needs your financial support in order to keep going and growing. Your donation is an investment in our youth, and whether large or small, it will make a meaningful difference. 

Pledge financial support today, and show your belief in kids. 

If you are like us, and you believe in the children of our community, then please make a donation today. And do not forget to share what we are doing with others by sending them to www.thevisionacademy.org/sfyouth.

From all of us at Vision Academy, we give a heartfelt thank you for supporting us. Your support empowers us to continue building a socially-just youth program we can all be proud of.


In peace + gratitude,


Kian Alavi

Executive Director


About: Vision Academy is a socially-just youth program, that is striving to bring the benefits of chess and positive mentorship to all kids. Our work is made possible through great partnerships, afterschool programs and summer camps. 


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