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Eagle Ridge Academy encourages and celebrates involvement from our families, students, staff/faculty, and community in all areas of time, talent, and treasure. Our passionate work is fueled by living out the mission of Eagle Ridge Academy every day. We are grateful for the tremendous support of our community.

Please click here to Donate Now.

Ways to Give

  • Cash or a Check: Gifts by cash or check are essential to the needs of ERA. Gifts maybe made online or sent to:
    • Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy
    • 11111 Bren Road West
    • Minnetonka, MN 55343
  • Give through a Donor-Advised Fund
  • Set up a Monthly Gift to make your gift in affordable monthly payments
  • Set up an Annual or Multi-Year Pledge (monthly, quarterly, or annual payments)
  • Matching Gift: Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees.
  • Donate an In-Kind Gift of goods or services

Types of Gifts Received

  • Cash / Check
  • Legacy, Bequest, and Planned Gifts

By including Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy (FERA) in your will, estate plan, or financial plans, you can continue to support and sustain future generations of Eagle Ridge Academy scholars. Please let us know if you already have or plan to make a legacy, bequest or planned gift to FERA by contacting the Development Office at 952-746-7760, ext. 1107.

  • Planned Gift: Deferred until a future date (i.e. will, charitable annuity, life insurance, revocable trust, charitable bequest, or charitable remainder trust)
  • Gifts of Real Estate: Donate real property. Donors may receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value of the asset and pay no capital gains tax on the transfer.
  • Gifts of Retirement Assets: Retirement assets (401k, 403b), pension, or other tax-deferred plan. By naming a non-profit 501(c)(3), FERA), as beneficiary of all or part, the full value is transferred tax-free and the estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.
  • Stocks, Securities, and Bonds: Gifts of securities, including stocks or bonds, can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold the assets. Giving long-term appreciated stock is one of the most tax-advantaged ways to make charitable gifts.
  • Inkind Gift: Product or services donated to ERA, allowing more of the school’s resources to be allocated to education.
Volunteer 5 Times

Eagle Ridge Academy views parents and students as integral contributors and active participants in our school. The Academy is most successful when parents and students work together with the teachers and staff to create and sustain the best possible learning environment.

Consider “Giving 5” by signing up for the area(s) of your interest here.

If you shop at, Amazon will donate to your favorite charitable organization, at no cost to you. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.

Please click here to start supporting Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy with every Amazon purchase.

Many organizations have Corporate Social Responsibility programs and Matching Gift programs within, that match their employees’ gifts to charities of their choice. If your workplace offers a Matching Gift program, you may have the opportunity to have your gift to Eagle Ridge Academy or volunteer hours matched financially, some up to 100%. Search here  to see if your workplace matches.

Save the Date! Eagle Ridge Academy is celebrating Give to the Max Day on November 18!

What if you could help our school receive $1,000 just by giving $10 or more? Join us for Give to the Max Day on November 18, and you could help us receive $500, $1,000 or $10,000. Just make an online donation on, and your donation will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Golden Ticket every 15 minutes for Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy. Donations will help support the students of Eagle Ridge Academy. Last year, the ERA community helped us raise $22,000 on Give to the Max Day for our new Playscape Project.


Here’s the really exciting part: One donation made on during the Give to the Max Day campaign will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 super-sized GiveMN Golden Ticket. Starting in October, donors may “schedule” their gifts ahead of time. Please watch for more information.


Help us increase our odds and make the most of your gift by making a donation on November 18 on Search for Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy then make your donation. Together, we hope to raise more than $10,000 on Give to the Max Day and you can help us reach our goal!

RaiseRight Fundraiser – Fundraising While You Shop!

Eagle Ridge Academy is pleased to offer RaiseRight, formerly ShopWithScrip, for convenient shopping for everyday, and not-so-everyday, items for our families!

You purchase gift cards from RaiseRight at face value, and the retailer gives a percentage back to Eagle Ridge Academy. The difference is an instant rebate for Eagle Ridge Academy. It’s really that simple.

When you use RaiseRight gift cards at your favorite retailers, you’re fundraising while you shop. RaiseRight offers more than 750 of the country’s most popular brands, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. Just by using RaiseRight to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily raise $500 or more per year. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work!

It’s easy to sign up:

Please click here to learn more about the Eagle Ridge Academy PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). 

Why Eagle Ridge Academy?

Eagle Ridge Academy offers a unique choice to families who are seeking an academically rigorous, college preparatory education. Eagle Ridge Academy is the first and only public charter school in the southwest metro area offering a classical curriculum to students in grades K-12. In addition to the daily study of math, science, history, grammar and literature, Eagle Ridge Academy students study Latin, art history, music history, music theory, logic and rhetoric.

Eagle Ridge Academy (ERA) offers a unique choice to families who are seeking an academically rigorous, college preparatory, liberal arts education. ERA is the first and only public charter school in the southwest metro area offering a Classical curriculum to students in grades K-12, all tuition-free. In addition to the daily study of math, science, history, grammar, and literature (Humanities), ERA students study Latin, art history, music history, music theory, logic, and rhetoric.

We inspire joy in learning, citizenship in action, and virtue in character by combining academic rigor with whole-person development to teach students to live out our pillars of citizenship integrity, perseverance, honor, excellence, and respect.

The Academy honors our country through daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the earnest study of our country’s founding and history. The Academy’s goal is to graduate students with the skills, knowledge, and character to be responsible and contributing citizens of our great country.

Who is Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy?

Friends of Eagle Ridge Academy (FERA), a certified 501(c)(3), is the funding entity for Eagle Ridge Academy (ERA), whose sole beneficiary is ERA. FERA’s mission is to create and sustain the financial health of ERA by creating short- and long-term funds, ensuring the future of ERA for generations to come.

Areas of support focus on student scholarships for high school graduates, department needs, short- and long-term capital projects, facility improvements, conferences and professional development for faculty and staff, and endowment funds.

FERA exists to:

  • Support Eagle Ridge Academy’s mission and vision.
  • Build long-term endowment for Eagle Ridge Academy
  • Create a framework for Charter schools across the nation to assist them in becoming less dependent on state funding.
  • Fund Eagle Ridge Academy’s initiatives with philanthropic support


Join us for Zumba for the Ridge on October 9, 2021!

Get your Zumba on with this fun event for all ages! Zumba on the Ridge will take place 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, in the Eagle Ridge Academy gymnasium. ERA parent and Zumba/FIIT instructor Eryn Stennes will lead this high-energy workout to jammin’ music!

Register here.

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The Annual Gala for the Gryphons will take place on Friday, November 19, 2021, 6:00-11:00 p.m. Join us for Gala for the Gryphons Goes Old School: Progressive 70s, 80s, 90s Dance Party! Held at Hazeltine National Golf Club, our DJ will spin tunes from 70s to the 90s. Pick your costume from an era of your choice and join in the fun to raise funds for the students of Eagle of Eagle Ridge Academy. Included in the ticket price are two group dance lessons to get you ready for the event!

Click here for more information.

The 8th Annual Donut Dash 5K and 1/2 Mile Mini Donut Dash will take place May 7, 2022! We look forward to having our annual race back to a live in-person event, bringing out more than 1,000 people to run or walk in support of the students of Eagle Ridge Academy!

Enjoy some of our pictures sent in by our Virtual Dashers from the 2021 event at this link.

Questions regarding the Donut Dash 5K may be directed to Kelly Schiffman or by calling 952-746-7746, ext. 1107.


For sponsorship opportunities or to learn more about how you may contribute to the Donut Dash 5K or other Eagle Ridge Academy projects, please contact Kelly Schiffman.

We are thankful for our generous sponsors!

Save the Date: Join us June 21, 2021 for Eagle Ridge Academy’s 8th Annual Gryphon Classic Golf Tournament!

Hosted at the beautiful Bent Creek Golf Club in Eden Prairie, the golf scramble is a fun event to bring people together for a day benefiting the students of Eagle Ridge Academy. Along with a day of golfing, the event includes a 18 holes of golf, cart and green fees, lunch, raffle, online silent auction, complimentary drink ticket, and social hour and program outlining the excellence of Eagle Ridge Academy.

Last year, proceeds helped support a 6,000 square foot gymnasium addition. This year, they will support the Playscape and Grounds Beautification Project at Eagle Ridge Academy.

For more information and to register online: Golf Brochure / Online Registration

To sponsor the golf tournament, please view our Sponsorship Flyer for various options and opportunities.

Contact: Mrs. Kelly Schiffman, ERA Director of Development

Why does Eagle Ridge Academy need funding?

Eagle Ridge Academy (ERA) is funded through general education revenue from the state-based open enrollment, which every public school receives. We receive 10% through federal programs. Unlike traditional public schools, public charter schools do not have the option to increase revenue from taxpayers through bond or levy referendums, which means we receive 30% less per student than traditional public schools.

To sustain the Academy into future generations, provide critical equipment, enhance curriculum, update existing programming, make facility improvements, and offer a competitive compensation plan to our teachers and staff, we must raise funds to close the funding gap.

Funds are raised at Eagle Ridge Academy through several areas of outreach:

  • Events
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Matching Gift Programs
  • Individual Giving
  • Employee Giving
  • Give to the Max
  • Major Gifts
  • Capital Campaigns and Year End Appeal
  • Grants
  • Sponsorships
  • Volunteer Match Programs
  • Miscellaneous programs such as SCRIP, AmazonSmile, Microsoft Rewards, etc.

The generosity of the community has raised more than $1 million to help fund:

Activities Van
Activities Field
Athletic Equipment and Uniforms
Baby Grand Piano
Family Support
Grow Your Own Teacher Program
Gryphon Garden

Library Books
Musical Instruments
Pep Band Sheet Music
Playground Equipment
Playscape & Grounds Beautification Project
Robotics Equipment
Student Scholarships

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