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RAISE nurtures graphic arts education through a variety of programs. It provides scholarships for students in graphic arts, offers financial grants to educational institutions, assists instructors with the needed funds and materials to ongoing instructional and technical training, and undertakes educational seminars and studies dealing with future employment needs in the graphic arts industry.

Donations are fully tax deductible*.

Or mail check to:
RAISE Foundation, 5800 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90040

If you wish to donate equipment or supplies, please CLICK HERE.

Your donations support the following programs and events:

  • Surplus Drive- Since its inception in 1988, this program supplements the extremely limited budgets of graphic arts teachers. The paper and office supplies donated by PIASC members and distributed to teachers have become the life-blood of our local graphic communications programs.

  • T-shirt Competition - over the last 20 years, this competition provides high school students with an opportunity to show their talent in graphic design and production and win prizes for their programs.

  • Packaging Competition - This competition has been one of the most successful competitions for the number of participants and it requires that students design packaging for different products as well as providing a point of purchase display for marketing the product. The top three winning entries win cash prizes.

  • Bookmark Competition - This very popular competition, offers college students with the challenge of producing a bookmark for RAISE's Literacy Program, using the slogan READ, READ, READ; the more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow. The design focuses on pre-school and primary school children. The winning design is printed and distributed to public libraries and schools within PIASC's jurisdiction. The top winners win cash prizes.

  • Museum on Wheels- Each year the $25,000 grant from the RAISE Foundation for the Museum on Wheels program has been critical in underwriting the costs of bringing this educational program to many elementary schools, which brings the rich educational resources of the Printing Museum to students who otherwise would never experience the Museum's programs. At the same time, students are introduced (many for the first time) to the amazing world of printing and graphics.

  • Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Day- RAISE's grant of $2,500 helps underwrite the Printing Museum's Boy Scout Merit Badge Days. This program, which began in 2011, assists boy scouts in earning two merit badges in one day: Graphic Arts and Paper & Pulp. The response by the scouts has been overwhelming and since then, 2,000 scouts have completed the program.

  • Book Arts Patch Days for Girls (formerly Girl Scout Merit Badge Days)- RAISE's grant of $1,500 annually, underwrites this Museum's new program, which was launched in 2015. It is an interactive day for girls 10 to 18 years old. The six-hour day is designed to meet 80% of what girls scouts need to complete their Books Arts Merit Badge Day, and is filled with hands-on experiences in making paper, printing, and creating book structures of various kinds.

  • Literacy Campaign- Geared towards young children, almost 120,000 bookmarks are annually distributed to public libraries and elementary schools. The READ, READ, READ bookmarks encourage, in a colorful and magical way, young children to enjoy the art of reading.

  • SkillsUSA- Students participating in any one competition sponsored by RAISE will be eligible to receive grants for Skills USA State and National Competitions. Instructors are required to apply for the grant by completing the "Grant for Skills USA State" form and "Grant for Skills USA National" form. Grants are handled on a first come, first serve basis to cover the registration cost of the State Competition. Grant requests for the National competition are acted upon as they are received.

  • Industry Speakers- Industry leaders visit schools to educate students of the importance of the graphic communications industry as well as the many opportunities available.

  • Plant Tours- Students have the opportunity to see a print company in action.

  • Awards Banquet- The winners of the high school, college and Skills USA, State and National competitions, have an opportunity to celebrate with their teachers and parents at this Annual Awards Banquet where they receive their trophies and cash awards.

For more information about the RAISE Foundation, please contact Lou Caron at 323.728.9500, ext. 274.

*RAISE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please consult your tax advisor.

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