Donor Circle

At Destiny Arts Center, it is individual donors like you who make a lasting impact. Your generous donations allow Destiny Arts Center to serve over 4,000 youth annually at our brand new North Oakland arts facility and at over 20 schools in Oakland and throughout the East Bay. Your donation will also allow Destiny Arts Center to:

  • Provide high quality, rigorous dance, theater, and martial arts classes that teach nonviolence for thousands of youth in Oakland and throughout the East Bay
  • Produce professional-quality productions created by artists and youth
  • Develop young artists’ curiosity, passion, and appreciation for the arts
  • Expose audiences to live theater, particularly populations with little to no access to the arts
  • Train other educators in Destiny methods to extend the impact of the program

We welcome the opportunity to deepen our relationship with donors like you by giving the opportunity to gain early access to performances and events, and engage with our program staff and students in an intimate setting.

By making a multi-year pledge to support our programs, you ensure our ability to expand the impact of our work in our exciting new facility and continue to give young people the tools and confidence to prevent violence in their lives and communities: building real skills, discipline and a deep knowledge of our signature peace building curriculum designed to give young people the tools and confidence to prevent violence in their lives and communities.


donor levels & benefits

Mover $100+

$100 provides healthy snacks for youth who attend after school classes at Destiny Arts Center weekly.

  • Destiny T-shirt or water bottle
  • Recognition on website

Our 2015 Mover Members
Miriam Abrams, Stacey Angeles, Amanda Bereny, Carol Bowen, Lisa Carlin, Rick Clark, Kerry Kelly Compton, Marta Drury, Zoe Elton, Margo George, Zane Gresham, Stefan Highsmith, Lauren Johnson, Deborah LaVeen, Shandra Luckey, Amy Rochelle Marks, Courtney Martin, Roselyn Mena, Marilyn Milkman, James Nixon, Linda Ray, Penny Rosenwasser, Ellen Shaffer, Miriam Walter, and Jennifer Willman

Shaker $250+

$250 brings Destiny teaching artists into schools and communities with a workshop in which participants experience our unique approach to violence prevention through the arts.
All of the above, plus:
  • 2 tickets to opening night DAYPC* show

Our 2015 Shaker Members
Jim Best, David Borgen, Jill Churchman, David Demeter, Elio Gizzi, James Hobbs, David Loeb, and Nicholas Smith

*Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

Peace Maker $500+

$500 brings our Destiny Youth Performance Company’s original work into communities, inspiring arts activism and social change.
All of the above, plus:
  • 25th Anniversary Book
  • Reserved seating with 2 tickets to DAYPC performance

Black Belt $1,000+

$1,000 provides a week of Destiny’s dynamic, arts based summer camp for up to 20 Oakland youth.
All of the above, plus:
  • Reception at DAYPC performance
  • Reserved seating with 4 tickets to DAYPC performance

Champion $2,500+

$2,500 provides 30 public school students with a six week residency where they learn our violence prevention curriculum through martial arts, theater, African dance, capoeira, hip hop, modern dance, or other discipline of the school’s choosing.
All of the above, plus:
  • Behind the Scenes experience (for 4)
  • Recognition in playbill
  • Photo with the cast
  • Lunch with Executive and Artistic Directors

Our 2015 Champion Members
David Riemer

Peaceful Warrior $5,000+

$5,000 allows 25 incarcerated youth to learn critical life skills through theater and the performing arts, creating hope and an opportunity to continue classes at Destiny upon release.
All of the above, plus:
  • Destiny for a Night – use of our arts studios
  • Private dance/martial arts instruction

Our 2015 Peaceful Warrior Members
Carolyn Cavalier Rosenberg

For more information about our Donor Circle Program or to discuss other pledge options, please contact:

Jennifer Cates
(510) 597-1619 ext. 105

Destiny succeeds in instilling a sense of respect for fellow human beings.

Avi Jacobson