YACA helps support many aspects of Yinghua Academy’s mission.  Fundraising provides the critical financial resources for this support.  YACA focuses on a short list of high impact fundraisers. We keep our efforts efficient and fun! If you’ve ever attended one of our events, you know how amazing they are.

Fundraising campaigns are designed to attract donors from all levels and from both inside and outside of the Yinghua Academy community. The YACA Board and school administrators approve the campaigns each spring for the following school year, but welcome suggestions year-round!  Fundraising wouldn’t be successful without the generous past and future financial and time commitments of all Yinghua Academy’s supporters!  We hope the list below helps you plan where and when you will be able to donate to the Yinghua community and your student’s academic year.  And of course, all these event are supported by many parent volunteers; consider volunteering as another way to give back to the Yinghua Community.

YACA (Yinghua Academy Foundation) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.  If you would like a tax deductible receipt, please provide us with your e-mail address and we will send it to you electronically.

Xie! Xie!The income raised supports many academic, artistic, and community building events that strive to provide enriching experiences for school staff, teachers, student, and parents of Yinghua Academy.  Some examples include:

School Support Students Family and Community Building
Admin. and Teacher Professional Development Opportunities Library and Book Fairs Chinese New Year Performance
Teacher Appreciation Gifts Nourishment Team Artistic Partnerships Picnics, Kite Festival/Grandparents’ Day
Classroom Coordinators Student-lead Initiatives First Friday Coffees
Classroom Technology Spelling Bee Spirit Wear and School (supplies) Tool Box Orders

Again, these are a just few examples where fundraising helps to build and maintain an exceptional place of learning for all our children.

Please explore the list of fundraising events and current fundraising page to find out about specific fundraising events to help you plan where and when you will be able to donate to support your child’s enrichment and the broader Yinghua community.

See our Fundraising Events 2013 – 2014 below for this year’s list of fundraisers. All donations (not for products) are tax-deductible.   If you would like a tax deductible receipt, please provide us with your e-mail address and we will send it to you electronically.
Questions ? Contact the coordinator for the event or YACA’s Fundraising Chair, Mel Chaput, at




Note: All events and dates are subject to change.





Used Uniform and Chinese Heritage Clothing Sale

Used Uniform and Chinese Heritage Clothing Sale – Held twice per year usually in August and May.  The Uniform and Chinese Heritage Clothing Sale accepts new and used uniform and Chinese heritage clothing donations from Yinghua families and offers them at only $2 per item at the sale.  100% of the proceeds are kept for YACA/Yinghua Academy.   This is a great way to re-use, get a great deal on uniform pieces, and support Yinghua. August 26, 2013(Meet Your Teacher Day) and May (YACA General Membership Meeting/YACA Elections) YACA Chair, Dina Nash


Chinook Book Coupon Book and Smartphone App Sale – Everyone’s
favorite “green” coupon book is a resource for living well and having fun in the Twin Cities. 50% of the sale price comes back to Yinghua.
September 10th – October 31

-Order/Pickup Books at Back to School Curriculum Night and by appointment

YACA Fundraising Chair, Mel Chaput


A rewarding academic experience that challenges students to read a specified number of minutes and raise a suggested dollar amount from “sponsors.” All participants receive an award. Rewards are given to the individuals and classes who are the top readers and top fundraisers in three grade divisions each year. October 14th – 27th with the winners announced after character parade October 31st Becky Hoffman and Karen Calcaterra with support from YACA Fundraising Chair

Book Fairs

YA raise funds and books for the library and classrooms through the sale of a range of Chinese and English books. In the past vendors have included Scholastic, Nan Hai, Usborne. Students especially enjoy purchasing books to donate to teachers’ wish lists! October 11th (Grandparents Day)

October 16 – 17, 2013 (Fall conferences)


April 17th -18, 2014 (Spring Conferences)

Becky Hoffmann

with support from YACA Fundraising Chair and Secretary

Spirit Sales

Unique Yinghua Academy (YA) clothing/merchandise for students, staff, and parents with a percentage of sales returning to the school! Starting late October 2013

Spring 2014

YACA Fundraising Chair, Mel Chaput

An online organization for charitable giving allows for donations of any amount on a regular (monthly) basis or as a one-time donation on “Give to the Max Day.” Go to for more info. Year round and November 14, 2013-Give to the Max day YACA Fundraising Chair, Mel Chaput

Red Envelope

In Chinese culture, a red envelope, known as hóngbāo, is a monetary gift that is given during special occasions. The Red Envelope Campaign recognizes this Chinese New Year tradition by asking families to donate a monetary gift to the school. Go to more info about the tradition of Red Envelopes. 100% of Red Envelope Donations go directly to YACA/Yinghua
February 7th, 2014-Chinese New Year Performance through February 14, 2014 Open Positions with support from YACA Fundraising Chair

Lantern Festival Gala

The Gala is
the party of the year. This fundraising gala is more than just a night out for parents.
In past years, the band, the food, and the environment have drawn people
from Yinghua Academy and beyond. Both silent and live auctions with amazing goods rounds
out the experience.
March 1, 2014 Gala Chair, Annie Sparrows

Box Tops/ Campbell’s Soup/HolyLand

Clip general mills box tops and Campbell’s soup labels and HolyLand UPC’s for cash. Purchase your everyday items online through the general mills box top website, and earn cash from the sale to go to YA. Learn more and register at Year Round Open position for Box Tops

Target Red Card

Earn cash to go directly to Yinghua when using a Target Red credit card on all purchases at Target. Learn more and sign up at Year Round YACA Fundraising Chair

Corporate Revenue Donations

Corporations contribute financial donations in the form of employee matches, employee volunteer work, donation of vacation days, etc. Talk to your employer to see what benefits they offer to YA. Year Round YACA Fundraising Chair

Good Search

Switch your search engine to GoodSearch to earn funds for each search you do! Also, shop through GoodSearch vendors to earn a percentage of your sale to be donated to Yinghua. Find more info at Year Round YACA Fundraising Chair


Thank you again for your generous contributions and continued support!