Contribute online! Donations of any size are welcomed and appreciated. Give online using a credit card or a bank account through the PayPal link on the right of this page (see sidebar).

You can also send a check to Plaza de la Raza at 3540 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031. Be sure to include your email address and phone number so we can follow up with our appreciation. Plaza’s Federal Tax ID is #23-7109631.

Plaza has a variety of student needs. Below is just a sampling of items needed. Donations can be dropped off at Plaza de la Raza during public hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please call in advance at (323) 223-2475, ext. 204 to discuss your items so that we are assured of their current need and use.

  • Art paper for drawing, painting, and printing
  • Canvas
  • Clay
  • Colored pencils
  • Copy paper for printers and scanners
  • Gas cards
  • Gift cards (The Home Depot and Target are most often needed)
  • Musical instruments (such as guitarrons, vihuelas, violins, trumpets, guitars and pianos)
  • Kiln
  • Mariachi bows & strings
  • Mariachi outfits
  • Movie projector
  • Paint brushes
  • Paints (acrylic, oil, watercolors, charcoal, etc)
  • Printer toner cartridges
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Sketchbooks
  • Sound equipment
  • Washable markers
    1. Contribute $40 to celebrate our 40 years.
    2. Volunteer to help at a special event or as an instructor’s aide for a class.
    3. Donate new art supplies.
    4. Help pay for a student’s mariachi or folklorico costume.
    5. Promote Plaza on your Facebook page.
    6. Take a class by yourself or with a friend or family member.
    7. Sponsor a class or the tuition for one or more students.
    8. Attend a student recital at Plaza.
    9. Tell your friends about Plaza.
    10. Follow Plaza on Twitter. Tweet about Plaza – and re-Tweet our events.
    11. Sign up for Plaza’s newsletter online.
    12. Honor a loved one’s birthday or anniversary with a donation to Plaza.
    13. Give tickets to cultural and sporting events for Plaza students.
    14. Use GoodSearch ( to conduct research online and earn money for Plaza every time you use it (designate Plaza de la Raza as your charity).
    15. Attend Plaza’s annual benefit gala.
    16. Buy an artwork from our annual art auction.
    17. Underwrite a child’s musical instrument.
    18. Buy gifts at Plaza’s La Tiendita.
    19. Help wrap gifts for the annual School Holiday Party.
    20. Solicit books, toys, and other gifts from local businesses for the annual School Holiday Party.
    21. Ask your company to match your donation to Plaza.
    22. Upload photos of events at Plaza on our Flickr site.
    23. Post performances at Plaza on our YouTube channel.
    24. Become our friend on MySpace and Facebook.
    25. Include Plaza in your will.
    26. Remember our shop at Christmas time.
    27. Come to our art openings.
    28. Choose Plaza to receive the profits from your concert or event ticket sales, raffle, etc.
    29. Make a “Challenge Gift” to Plaza and ask friends, family, and coworkers to step up to your challenge by matching the gift amount.
    30. Vote for Plaza in online giving campaigns.
    31. Nominate Plaza for a community award.
    32. Recognize a student from Plaza.
    33. If you are a former student or a faculty member of Plaza, support the alumni program.
    34. Share stories of your experiences about Plaza with us online or in a letter.
    35. Designate Plaza de la Raza for charitable proceeds generated by your grocery shopping at Ralphs! Link your rewards card to the Ralphs Community Contribution program at
    36. Become a Plaza member.
    37. Make a bid or sell your items on eBay Giving Works for Plaza.
    38. Advocate for the arts/arts education.
    39. Tell a talented kid about Plaza.
    40. Support Plaza through United Way or your company’s matching gift program.



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