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THINK Together Board of Directors member, Mary Lynn Coffee, has been given the award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. Mary Lynn won this award because time and time again she demonstrates outstanding leadership skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects that benefit THINK Together. Through

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“In my opinion, the person doing the best job improving education in California is Randy Barth, President and CEO of THINK Together…THINK Together provides academic learning through specially designed after-school and summer programs throughout Southern California to more than 100,000 students. The results are encouraging – academic improvement scores have been off the charts, so to speak.” - Donald Bren, Chairman, The Irvine Company, as quoted in Forbes, October 2011

“While older Californians are among the most educated groups of people in the world, Californians under 35 now rank near the bottom of other industrialized nations.” — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in his Blueprint for Great Schools report.

Budget cuts have resulted in a shorter school year and the elimination of summer school in many districts. California has one of the shortest school years in the nation at 175 days.  This is coupled with the fact that California also has one of the shortest school days in the nation at 6.5 hours.

This is simply not enough time spent on academic subjects for at-risk students to perform at grade level. A number of recent studies find that this correlation reflects a causal relationship.Around the world, incarceration and conviction rates continue to climb for society’s least educated. Some scholars estimate that just increasing high school graduation rates by one percentage point in 1990 would have resulted in nearly 100,000 fewer crimes in the U.S., providing an annual social benefit valued at more than $2 billion (or $3,000 per additional male graduate).
This is a large-scale problem that requires a large-scale solution.

THINK Together is that large-scale solution. We leverage private and public dollars to deliver the highest quality extended learning to our public schools. Our programs are aligned with what students are learning in the classroom and include academic, leadership development, health and wellness, and physical fitness components. They are efficient, scalable and are delivered in partnership with the public schools to maximize impact and effectively lengthen the school year by delivering hundreds of hours of additional instruction and producing tangible results.

Between 2002 and 2010 our partner schools’ Academic Performance Index (API) scores increased an AVERAGE of 24%. Join our family of supporters who see an investment in THINK Together as an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of California’s school-aged children.


The THINK Together Difference

While there are many notable and successful programs that care for children in the afterschool environment, THINK Together’s academic and results-driven programs set us apart from others in the field. Public/Private Funding Model Because public funding requires a 33% match of in-kind and/or ...


Ways To Give

Pledging is a way to spread out your donation over multiple years as needed. Our staff will work with you to create a pledge program that fits your needs. Cash is the easiest way to give. We accept cash, corporate and personal checks of any amount.Donate now. (link to Donate page) Securities ...


Multi-Year and Annual Investors

2008-2013 Multi-Year Investors $3 million – $10 million The Irvine Company The Walmart Foundation Children & Families Commission of Orange County $250,000 – $999,999 Leona Aronoff-Sadacca Orange County United Way The Rose Hills Foundation Edison International The David and Lu...


Donate FAQs

Why is philanthropy important? Private funds fund THINK Together’s legacy community sites.  More than 200 students have graduated from these programs and gone onto college.  More than 50 have graduated and are the first in their families to earn college degrees.  All are contributing cit...

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