Sponsor a Child

When you sponsor a child, you help to shape that child’s future! As he or she learns to listen and talk, you will be sent artwork, schoolwork and progress updates, and you will be invited to visit the school so that you can see first-hand the impact of your support. You will experience the joy of knowing that you are having a lifelong impact on the life of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing in New York!

Sponsor a child and lay the foundation for a lifetime of academic success!

In the past five years, all Clarke students who have taken the New York City Gifted & Talented Program admissions test have qualified.

Make a Difference

The majority of the children who receive Early Intervention services at Clarke New York and attend our Preschool Program transition to local public, private or charter schools for kindergarten where they learn and thrive alongside their peers with typical hearing.

Read about Chimaza, a former Clarke student who is thriving in a local charter school.

The Need Defined

Though Clarke receives public funds in support of the therapy and education we provide, the gap between the cost of these services and the public funds received is typically up to $5,000 per child per year. Most of the children served by Clarke in New York are from low-income families who don’t have the ability to address this gap. We seek to address this need by raising $500,000 annually and by building a $5 million endowment. Read the full Case for Support to learn why your help is so vital.

Sponsorship Opportunities

When you commit to a multi-year sponsorship you can support one child from the time he or she begins with Clarke, and has little or no language, to the time he or she is speaking in full sentences and is preparing to transition to kindergarten! You may also choose to sponsor multiple children in one year. And by donating to build our endowment, you will have an even greater impact on Clarke’s ability to serve children in New York City for years to come.

  • Sponsorship of One Child for One Year: $5,000
  • Sponsorship of One Child for Three Years: $15,000 ($5,000 per year for three years)

In February 2015 we launched the Sponsor a Child program in New York and are proud to report that it has been a success from the start! We have exceeded our initial goal by securing 40 sponsorships. Such generosity is so inspiring!

Help Clarke reach our goal to provide 100 sponsorships this school year!

Challenge Match

Clarke has received a challenge match from an individual donor who will sponsor 10 children ($50,000) each year for three years. This provides the opportunity for Clarke to receive a match for your sponsorship and to get us closer to our goal of 100 sponsorships this coming school year.

By sponsoring a child, you join a community that is passionate about helping to change the lives of children with hearing loss.

How You Can Help

To sponsor a child or for more information about how you can help Clarke and the children that we serve, please contact Senior Development Officer, Lillian Rountree at 973.453.5635 or lrountree@clarkeschools.org.

Our Sponsor a Child program launched this year in New York. Watch this page for updates as we plan to launch the program at other Clarke locations early next year.

When you sponsor a child at Clarke, you enable that child to embrace a world of limitless possibilities!