Support DFS
DFS programs are made possible by dedicated donors who care passionately about making the arts an integral part of children’s lives. Your contribution supports:
  • Age appropriate performances and activities with professional artists
  • Special art-making workshops and school residencies
  • Subsidized bus transport for students to attend performing arts events at UCLA
  • College-readiness materials and campus tours for students in grades 6-12
Your Support Matters!
In recent years, arts programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District have been adversely affected by severe state and district budget cuts. A gift to Design for Sharing is a gift of the performing arts to our community’s children – helping DFS provide arts programs for thousands of students.

When you make your gift to Design for Sharing you become a member of the Center for the Art of Performance.  Membership connects you to artists, arts leaders and community members who are engaged in promoting the importance of a creative and enriching learning environment for the children of Los Angeles.  Your gift makes a huge difference in the lives of the children and teachers we serve. Thank you for your support.
Another way to support DFS is by donating to the Perloff Memorial Bus Fund.

While membership gifts provide general support for all areas of DFS,  contributions to the Perloff Memorial Bus Fund specifically supports free transportation to UCLA for DFS events.

Funding for field trips in our public schools has been almost eliminated, which has significantly increased the number of buses DFS provides to the schools. Student transportation costs make up nearly one third of our program expenses, and with help from our generous supporters, this year we were able to provide free busing for over 10,000 students—that’s more than 180 buses!
  • $300 will ‘Buy-A-Bus,’ making free transportation available for 75 students.
  • $150 provides transportation for an entire class.
  • Any amount will make a difference!

Donate online

Design for Sharing welcomes tribute and memorial gifts in any amount. To honor a family member, loved one or colleague with your contribution to the Perloff Memorial Bus Fund, simply click the ‘Donate online” link above, and be sure to check the “Tribute Gift” box at the bottom of the gift form. We’ll send the honoree or their family a notification of your gift.

Design for Sharing welcomes volunteers!  We can always use a helping hand at our Demonstration Performances.

Demonstration Performances are held on campus on weekday mornings throughout the school year.  Each one brings an average of 1,300 students to UCLA.  We need volunteers to check-in school groups as they arrive, conduct short surveys with participating teachers, and hand out programs and other informational materials.  Of course, once the audience is settled in, you’re welcome to stay and enjoy the performance.

Email us at or give us a call at 310-825-7681 for more information.