Donations and Funding Support

Ways to Give

Donate directly through our website by clicking above.

Donate through your employer and have them match your donation.

Donate stock or mandatory IRA withdrawals through Davenport and Co.

There are always things we need.  Click here to see if you can help fulfill our wish list.

The Bay School is funded in part by grants from the following government agencies and foundations.

Virginia Commission for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Mathews County

Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust

William F. and Catharine K. Owens Foundation

Edwin Treakle Foundation

Elis Ollson Foundation

Mathews Community Foundation

The Dominion Foundation

Also, thank you to the many donors for their ongoing support of the Bay School.  We could not do it without all of YOU!  


Thank you for taking the time to read this message.

We are thankful for another year of bringing art to our community in meaningful, powerful ways.  

Thank you for recognizing the value of our work, and for believing, as we do that art is a healer, of physical and emotional wounds. Of atrophy and apathy. Of loneliness and when the world is just too much.  Art is a catalyst, for mindfulness and vision, for dealing with reality and for awakening the imagination. Art is a tool, for communication, for speaking, and for listening.  For seeing and reflecting what each of us sees.

Art is the heart of what we do as an organization, and as a community. Art brings us together and gives us a common purpose. Art speaks to us, and art is our voice.

Our mission is to, quite simply, Find the Artist in You.  In every You we can reach, be it through our art classes, our gallery, our summer camps, or our outreach programs.   We teach, we learn, we collaborate, and we do it together, as a community of teachers, students, volunteers, and patrons.  I challenge anyone to claim only one of those roles.  Each person involved with us helps make the Bay School become the Crown Jewel of Mathews.  

I thank you for your gifts of time, energy, talent, love, and money.  All of these are crucial not only to our continued success, but our survival.  We celebrate our gifts and our givers, and we embrace opportunities to ask you all to help us keep art alive.  Your generous donations are the greatest source of income for the Bay School.  Your financial support shows you value our mission and our impact in Mathews.  

The Bay School has an incredibly bright future.  We are thoughtfully and excitedly planning our future, the future of the arts in our community.  We hope to start the new year with a plan to share with you. In the meantime, we will continue to do our work and share our art.  I wholeheartedly encourage you to open your hearts and wallets and contribute.  There are pledge cards at the Bay School if you would prefer to give in another manner.

You have my sincere and heartfelt thanks.  

Pam Doss, Executive Director


You can donate directly to the Bay School through our website by clicking through to our Donation Page.

Or, you can donate via GiveRichmond through their website.

                                                          Great art supplies get used up fast!  You can help keep us flush with supplies for our OpenArts Outreach, Open Studio, and After School Programs by purchasing art materials through Dick Blick Art Room Aid.


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