We are an independent, non-profit fundraising organization whose sole mission is to raise money to support O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy, its students and staff. Membership consists of all Thorp families and friends committed to supporting the fundraising efforts needed to sustain vital programs at Thorp. There are no membership fees – everyone is a Friend of Thorp!
- Porretta's Dine-Out Fundraiser: POSTPONED, new date TBA
- The Soaring '20s Gala: POSTPONED, new date TBA
- Online Auction: POSTPONED, new date TBA
- Next FoT mtg: TBA
Friends of Thorp (FoT) is committed to the health and safety of our Thorp families and our community. In light of the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, FoT Board of Directors has made the decision to indefinitely postpone the Soaring '20s Gala originally scheduled for April 17, 2020. We are closely following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Chicago Dept. of Public Health, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to do our part in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus and encourage everyone to join us in that goal.
In addition, we have also indefinitely postponed the online auction originally set to begin on April 1, as well as the Porretta's dine-out fundraiser on March 25. However, if you have the means you can still help our amazing community by purchasing online gift certificates, ordering take-out or other goods and services from our local businesses that have given so much to Thorp, A few of our outstanding local supporters include: Perkolator, Thrift and Thrive, RepChi, REI Plumbing, Flip Salon, MJ Erectors, Poretta's, Portage Grounds, Gale Street Inn, Tony's, Eli's Cheesecake, Collectiv, Dahlia Blooms, Sicila Bakery, Chicago's Pizza, Community Tavern, Easy Street, Old Irving Brewing, Dark Matter Coffee, Eris, Getheseme Garden Center, Bacci Pizza, Frank's Chicago Shrimp House, MCM Bar, Galvin's Pub, Fannie's, Pete's Pizza, The Nest, Lake Effect Brewing, City News Stand and so many more!
Thank you to everyone who has already donated an item or started on a classroom project. We will hopefully be able to utilize the donations at a future event. Thorp is an amazing and strong community and we know that we will make it through these challenging days and be even stronger than before. Stay well, stay strong, look out for one another and see you on the playground soon!
Thank you to our sponsors and donors! We can't thank them enough for their donations! Please support these generous businesses that support Thorp!
Auction Item Donors
The Actor's Gymnasium • Aerial Dance Chicago •Arcada Theatre • Athenaeum Theatre • Board & Brush • Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society • Brooklyn Boulders • Chicago Botanic Garden • Chicago Blackhawks • Chicago Fire • Chicago Red Stars • Chicago Symphony Orchestra • Chicago White Sox • Chicago Wolves • Chipotle • City Winery • Comedy Sportz Theater • Community Tavern • Cooper's Hawk Winery • CorePower Yoga • Court Theatre • Cozi • The Dance Academy • Dark Matter Coffee • Dovetail Brewery • Easy Street • Enchanted Castle • Eris Brewery & Ciderhouse • Famous Dave's BBQ • Fearless Cooking • Field Museum • First Ascent • Flip Salon • Float Sixty • Forage & Foster • Fox in a Box • Galileo Camps Chicago • Geja's Cafe • Gizmo Fun Factory • Illinois Holocaust Museum • International Museum of Surgical Science • Joe Mills Illustration • Kohl Children's Museum • Koval Distillery • Learn Scuba Chicago • Lifeline Theater • Lips Chicago • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria • Lynfred Winery • Marz Community Brewing Co. • Santa's Village • The Morton Arboretum • Oriental Trading Co. • Old Town School of Folk Music • Pappas Restaurants • Paulina Meat Market • The Pink Squirrel • Ravinia • The Second City • Shedd Aquarium • Smoque BBQ • Tito's Handmade Vodka • Writers Theatre • Zanies
Bill Begale • Burman family • Mr. & Mrs. Galligan •
Winterfest 2019 sponsors
Fall Fest 2019 Sponsors & Winners
Fall Fest Fundraiser Winners
- Top Individual Fundraiser: Domenica A. (grade K). Prize includes gift card, Thorp swag, and more.
- Top Classroom Team (K-3): Ms. Benedict's classroom. Prize: frozen treat party.
- Top Classroom Team (4-8): Ms. Colvin's classroom. Prize: frozen treat party.
- Notre Dame Football Raffle (4 tickets to game and 2 ND shirts): Christine Brenkus
- Trunk-or-Treat: Macias family for a ghoulishly fun display and awesome tunes! Thank you for providing DJ services!
Thank you for all your amazing contributions in the past. None of these improvements would have been possible without YOU!
You are truly a FRIEND OF THORP!
You are truly a FRIEND OF THORP!
Help Us Grow!
Join us in our multi-year campaign to help raise money for outdoor campus improvements at Thorp. We're setting our sights on an outdoor learning space and/or new athletic field, but we can't do it without your help! Check out the many ways you can contribute.
Annual Fund APPEAL
Your donations will help fund enrichment programs at Thorp, our multi-year outdoor campus improvements campaign, and operational costs for popular FoT events, such as Fall Fest and Winterfest. Our federal tax identification number (EIN) is 27-2828905. Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Thank you to all of our donors this school year!
Corporate matching gift programs allow corporations the opportunity to give back to the organizations that their employees are connected with. Each corporate matching gift program is different. Some programs match dollar for dollar, some double the gift, while others only match a certain percentage. To learn more about your company's matching gift program, please contact your Human Resources Department.
"DOLLARS for doers"
Also known as volunteer grants, these corporate giving programs convert your volunteer hours to actual dollars earned for a qualified non-profit organization, such as Friends of Thorp. If you volunteer at Thorp in any capacity, please contact your HR department to find out if your company participates in a "Dollars for Doers" volunteer grant program and designate Friends of Thorp as your non-profit organization. Click here to check out how some of the Fortune 500 companies match volunteer hours.
Join us in the global giving movement: #GivingTuesday. After Thanksgiving, donate your savings from Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Help the students of Thorp through the gift your time and donations.
Join o.a. Thorp Alumni group
"Oh, Thorp! You lead us grandly, so we might learn to stand free..." Sound familiar? If you or your children attended O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy or you were a faculty/staff member, please consider joining the Thorp Alumni Group! Reconnect and let us know what you've been up to. Fill out our form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!
We love to support local businesses that give back to the community. What better way to show corporate responsibility and civic leadership by sponsoring Friends of Thorp? Your donation is tax deductible and will have a lasting impact. If you would like to discuss an alternative level of support or in-kind donation, please email us at email@example.com. We can customize a sponsor package and level of visibility that's right for your business.