The TahDah Foundation’s vision is to create a world where young people have access to opportunities that foster growth in encouraging, uplifting, and creative ways.
The TahDah Foundation’s mission is to improve the hearts, the minds, and lives of young people with resources that support holistic arts education and wellbeing.
OUR STORY & PURPOSE
Founded in 2016, the TahDah Foundation believes that every young person deserves to have access to resources and opportunities that support their learning, growth and development. Our efforts focus on impacting K -12 and young adults who are differently-abled, special needs and/or at-risk youth in schools, after-school programs, summer camps, homeless shelters and community-based organizations. All of these settings lack vital resources and sufficient staffing to enable children to learn and grow in safe, positive ways. As Margaret Mead so masterfully said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Since establishing the TahDah Foundation, we are proud to have funded programs located in both Northern California and New York City including Elementary School PS 20, Middle School 127, Henry Street Settlement, and select ASPIRE Public Schools reaching over 500 children and families.
Learn more about our direct impact of hundreds of kids in our 2017 Impact Report
The TahDah Foundation is organized for charitable and educational purposes. We function in two ways to serve young people and their communities;
We fundraise and seek out donations of materials/resources on behalf of young people.
We directly distribute out the generously donated funds and materials/resources to schools and other child-centered organization sites to help subsidize the costs of bringing in holistic arts education and wellness programs. We provide partial, matching or full grants.
Our approach is to invest in and value all youth. We have seen consistent cutbacks to the education system that have serious ramifications for already underserved communities. Cutbacks within arts education and wellness programs often serve as the bridge to help save or change a child’s life. We focus on children’s groups in underserved communities that represent diverse cultural, economic, and social backgrounds. We see an immediate need for change and hopes to mobilize more people to join us in taking action to transform children’s lives.
The TahDah Foundation provides the most impact for young people by providing funds to schools or local organizations to help children receive materials and resources or, to subsidize the costs of bringing in holistic arts education programs. Our funding is distributed in the form of partial or matching grants.
At TahDah, our belief is that if we do not get active and rally others to give youth the resources and opportunities they so desperately deserve and need, the learning and development gap will continue to grow and cause more and more losses to their future potential. Our Foundation’s support and resources enable young people to foster a positive self-image, to feel valued and to feel like they have potential.
This is our time to come together and give young people a chance to succeed.
Learn more about one of our partners GET EMPOWERED! who provide holistic arts education and wellness programs.
Board President and Chairperson – Pamela Chaloult
Pamela is an empathic leader who offers results focused wisdom to individuals, nonprofits and businesses. As a natural relationship weaver, Pamela has a history of cultivating high-caliber relationships to instigate social change and transformation which she brought to her executive leadership positions at BALLE, Renewal/ Renewal2 and Social Venture Network (SVN). Prior to, Pamela spent a decade working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. As a lifelong learner she possesses a passion for the healing arts and the advancement of women leaders. Pamela is the board Chair of the TahDah Foundation and Co-Exec Producer of SVI Hollyhock and SVI Women Bay Area. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, daughter and frisky cat named Luna.
Board Secretary – Carla Corona
Carla has 15+ years of nonprofit professional experience working in the fields of youth development, after-school programming, and arts education. In addition, she currently teaches Theatre Arts courses at a Los Angeles area community college. Over the course of her career, she has worked with several large-scale national non-profit organizations and has been an influential project manager on behalf of children, arts and education. Her passion for youth, education, and the arts is her driving force behind working with the TahDah Foundation and is inspired by the great and uplifting work being done for young people. Carla received her M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University and B.A. in Theater Arts from UC Berkeley.
Finance / Board Treasurer – Yumi Sato
Yumi has 12+ years of experience as an accountant and is currently an active volunteer and PTA member at her son's school. She believes arts and multicultural education instills confidence, empathy, teamwork and a sense of community which plays crucial roles in the academic success and developments of social emotional life skills. Now, more than ever, she is inspired by the opportunity to build communities of empowered and engaged students by working with TahDah. Yumi received her B.A. in Anthropology from Scripps College.
Board Member – Kira Moller
Kira is a talented and savvy advertising and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience. She has had a passion for children and education her entire life and is inspired to be a part of the incredible work being done by the TahDah Foundation. Kira has a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics with a second major in Psychology from St. Mary's College in California.
Board Member – Claudia Viek
Claudia has a passion for fostering start-ups and micro-business. With over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial training, business incubation, and micro lending, she finds nothing more satisfying than seeing new entrepreneurs, especially women, grow into successful business owners and leaders in their communities, transforming their own neighborhoods and local economies. She currently is the Principal of her eponymous consulting firm, specializing in providing strategic development services to organizations supporting entrepreneurship in under-served communities.
The TahDah Foundation is partially funded by the generous support of:
Robert & Ann Stephanie Gittleman Charitable Fund