ASAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our programming relies upon individual charitable contributions and grants from foundations, corporations and governmental entities. ASAP program participants are invited to contribute a $10 enrollment fee to demonstrate their commitment to the program, its values and expectations, but all participation costs are paid by the organization. No student is denied access to ASAP based on inability to pay.

ASAP strives to maintain low overhead. Core programming is administered by two contract staff members, and approved instructors receive a modest stipend for their services. Contributions support direct delivery of services to participating children.

In school year 2016–17, ASAP is on track to serve nearly 1,800 student enrollments, many of them underwritten by the generosity of individual sponsors. All donations to ASAP are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.


Your contribution to ASAP can make a substantial difference in the life of a child.

$35 can underwrite economy-grade sketchbooks for one ASAP studio

$50 can provide healthy snacks for students on two program days

$100 can purchase clay for a productive ceramics studio

$500 can hire one artist for one week of Summer Arts Camp

$750 can help keep kids safe by sponsoring child safety training and background checks for new program staff

Contribute Online

You can contribute to ASAP via credit card with a quick and secure transaction through PayPal using the link provided on every page of our site.

Contribute by Check

Contributions by check can be sent to:

ASAP, the After School Arts Program
600 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Materials or services

In addition to volunteering and making a cash donation, another way to get involved with ASAP is to donate goods. Items are needed based on the studios being offered in a given time, but some items are always appreciated: Buttons; Cloth Ribbon (thicker widths especially); Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners, in all colors).


If your organization or business is interested in opportunities to contribute in-kind services to ASAP, please contact Michelle Bolton King at or 515-770-3380.