Patrons of the Prado is committed to raising funds to benefit ten arts, science and cultural centers on the Prado in Balboa Park, and for programs that provide educational access for San Diego school children to the world-class treasures of Balboa Park, inspiring cultural fluency for future generations.
Over 21 years, their all-volunteer team has raised over $3.53 million for their Beneficiaries. Since the inception of Bucks4Buses in 2011, Patrons has raised $481,250 to transport over 134,000 children, many from Title 1 schools, to educational experiences in Balboa Park. In the 2016/2017 school year over 35,000 students participated in the Bucks4Buses program.
Patrons of the Prado values inspiration, education and partnerships in our fundraising efforts. These core concepts empower many vital programs for the cultural institutions that we serve, in turn, keeping their missions in motion. With the MASTERPIECE Gala as our signature fundraiser, Patrons of the Prado generates significant support through two grant categories. Each year the Gala funds both Unrestricted Major Grants, as well as Bucks4Buses Grants.
Unrestricted Major Grants allow their Beneficiaries the flexibility to optimize funding by directly addressing their strongest needs. The Bucks4Buses program is their signature education initiative. It brings thousands of children to the Park to experience hands-on programming and creative learning adventures.
The Beneficiaries supported by Patrons of the Prado include The Mingei International Museum, The Old Globe, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Museum of Art, TheNAT, Timken Museum of Art, The Fleet Science Center, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego History Center and The Museum of Photographic Art.
For more information on Patrons of the Prado or to sponsor or buy tickets for the Gala please visit www.patronsoftheprado.org