Deaf Education Advocates Foundation / DEAF

A nonprofit organization

$8,790 raised by 52 donors

44% complete

$20,000 Goal

This year, D.E.A.F. is designating 100% of all GiveBig donations to building a new ADA accessible playground for children at Washington School for the Deaf. 

Our GiveBig2023 Goal

WSD is getting a new school building and gym! The new buildings are scheduled to open in the fall of 2024 and will be Deaf friendly and have state-of-the-art technology. Funding for the new school did not include money for a new playground. So, this year, D.E.A.F. will designate 100% of all GiveBig donations to building a new inclusive and sensory-rich playground for the students at WSD. Please donate and help us give WSD students a playground where children of all abilities can interact with each other and that offers all children the opportunities to further develop physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills.

Your donation of any amount, $10, $25, $50, $100, $200, will help us meet our goal of $20,000.

About Us

Deaf Education Advocates Foundation (D.E.A.F.) is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization created in 1989 for the purpose of raising funds necessary to improve and enrich the education of students at the Washington School for the Deaf (WSD).  The donations received have made it possible to fund activities, services, equipment, and experiences that might not be possible through WSD funding alone.  All donations go directly to our on-going projects such as financial support for academic, athletic, residential or community events, scholarships, Special Olympics, artist-in-residence programs and mini-grant awards to staff and students. In the past, D.E.A.F. has provided support for Deaf Academic Bowls, Math Team tournaments, Book Club materials, Youth Leadership camps, Cheer Leading camps, Western States Basketball tournaments, renovations for the concessions stand at the athletic field and many workshops and trainings.  For the students who live in the residential cottages, D.E.A.F. has provided funds for educational materials, books, toys and games, outdoor play equipment and arts and crafts materials. 

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About WSD

Washington School for the Deaf (WSD) serves eligible students from birth through 21 years in an American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingual instructional environment. The academic & residential services provide a 24-hour learning environment that encourages students to communicate freely, grow emotionally & socially, & achieve higher standards.

D.E.A.F. 2022-2023 fundraising events:
Dutch Bros Coffee's Buck4Kids, Trailblazers Raffle 50/50, GiveBIG, Annual Fall Fund Drive

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Organization name

Deaf Education Advocates Foundation / DEAF

other names

DEAF, D.E.A.F., WSD DEAF, Washington School for the Deaf

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Youth & Children


P.O. Box 2561
Vancouver, WA 98668

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