Fundraising Events 2013-2014


2013-2014 Yinghua Academy and YACA Fundraising Events

The lists below are the fundraiser events and dates Yinghua Academy and YACA are hosting for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The income raised supports many academic efforts at Yinghua Academy, as well as, YACA expenses such as First Friday Coffees, teacher appreciation gifts, and general meeting speakers.  We hope this list 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.

As always, your generous contributions are appreciated.  Xie Xie!

Questions ? Contact the coordinator for the event or YACA’s Fundraising Chair, Mel Chaput, at

Note: All events and dates are subject to change.






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

YACA Fundraising Chair, Mel Chaput


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

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


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

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 March 1, 2014 (closes at Spring Gala)

Open Positions with support from YACA Fundraising Chair

Spring 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

Clip general mills box tops and Campbell’s soup labels 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