Davis School Arts Foundation

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

44% complete

$2,000 Goal

DSAF was founded by Patricia Hershberger in 1981 in the wake of the Gann Initiative which eliminated funding for arts programs in the elementary public schools. Ms. Hershberger had the idea to restore arts funding to the public schools by raising money through a matching funds foundation. The foundation would donate money to the district as long as the district matched that money with funds of its own. In the summer of 1981, this unique community-district partnership was formed. Ms. Hershberger assembled seven other like-minded people, and the Davis School Arts Foundation was born. It has since been, and continues to be, only through the generous contributions of members in the private and business community of Davis that the DSAF and the DJUSD are able to keep the arts available to all students in our public schools.


Arts and cultural education is crucial to the development of all children. The Davis School Arts Foundation provides partnership and support of culturally relevant arts education for children in Davis public schools. We do this through project grants, advocacy and arts integration training for educators.


Specific targeted grants.

School-specific site grants.

Program expenses.

Organization Data


Organization name

Davis School Arts Foundation

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Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program

Demographics Served

Youth & Children


2230 Lassen Place
Davis, CA 95616

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Davis, CA, US



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