Why we do what we do:

  • Studies have documented the association of participation in school-based extracurricular activities with higher levels of academic commitment and better academic performance, lower rates of high school dropout and lower levels of delinquency and arrests. (Darling, Caldwell & Smith, 2006)
  • At least 34 states are providing less funding per students for the 2013-14 school year than they did before the recession hit. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "Most States Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession," http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=4011, accessed 04/02/2014)
  • Arts classes, physical education classes and extracurricular activities are the first areas to be effected by budget cuts.
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities such as fine arts and athletics, provides scholarship opportunities to students whose families can't afford to sent them to a four-year university.
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities helps at-risk students.  John Mahoney and Robert Cairns (1997) indicated that engagement in school extracurricular activities is linked to decreasing rates of early school dropouts in both boys and girls.  They discovered that such participation provides marginal students an opportunity to create a positive and voluntary connection to their school and community.
  • School-based extracurricular activities provide highly structured leisure environments, in which adolescents can exert control and express their identity through choice of activity and actions within the setting, but which do not normally facilitate experimentation with roles and activities that are not sanctioned by adults.  Because of these characteristics, participation in school-based extracurricular activities provides many of the positive developmental opportunities offered by other forms of leisure, but may provide more protection against experimentation with problematic activities such as drug or alcohol use that unstructured social leisure settings. (Darling, Caldwell & Smith, 2006)
  • Minnesota high school students participating in extracurricular athletics and fine arts had higher GPA's and better attendance than those that did not.  The average GPA of a student-athlete was 2.84 and 2.98 for students involved in fine arts, compared with 2.68 for the average student.  Student-atheletes missed an average of only 7.44 days of school each year and fine arts participants missed an average of 6.94, compared with 8.76 for the average student. (Minnesota State High School League, "The Value of Participation," http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/values.asp, accessed 04/02/2014)

The Organization


Note from the organization:

Our founders created this organization because they were fortunate enough to have a choice: A choice to dance in a recital, or throw a fastball. They strongly believe that their extra-curricular involvements molded them into who they are today.
The Above & Beyond Children’s Foundation pledges to contribute our time, effort and funds in the hopes that children and young adults will receive the opportunities that they deserve.

The Above & Beyond Children's Foundation provides funding for extra- and co-curricular activities and programing.


The Above & Beyond Children’s Foundation (The ABCF) is a 501c3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization licensed in MN and AZ. Through corporate and personal donations, as well as special events, we seek to raise funds that help keep children of all ages involved in extra- and co-curricular activities. 

The Above & Beyond Children’s Foundation contributes to extra- and co-curricular activities and after school programs. As you know, budget cuts and insufficient funding make it impossible for some schools to provide students the option to take part in these activities. Our organization raises money to help fund programs for deserving schools and families via grants and scholarships.

Schools and organizations can apply for a grant by downloading and submitting an application through our contact page on this website. Each application will be taken into careful consideration and will be individually reviewed by our qualified board of directors.