Preparing Children for School Success, Leadership and Life.

Donate to One City

One City Early Learning is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) preschool, established in 2014 to ensure children have the foundation necessary to succeed in school and life. Our first preschool opened in September 2015.

At One City, we believe in the importance of early childhood development. It is the bedrock of children’s longterm success.
We work hard every day to ensure that the children enrolled in our preschool are excited about learning, and that they have the requisite experiences, knowledge, skills and relationships that will ensure they are ready to succeed when they begin kindergarten. 

Please join us by making a tax-deductible financial contribution to our Ready by Five: Great Teachers, Great Schools Campaign, at a level that is meaningful to you. 

  1. Hire and train 3 effective lead classroom teachers and 6 assistant teachers, 
  2. Provide partial tuition scholarships to eligible families, and
  3. Provide healthy meals to children, which are created daily on-site by our full-time chef. 

You can help our school and children by donating whatever you can through one of the three options below. 

  1. Donate Now
    You can click on the “donate now” button on this page and make your contribution electronically. 

  2. Ready By 5 Campaign Fundraising Page
    You can donate through One City’s special “Ready by 5” website: Click Here. This special fundraising page  allows One City supporters to develop their own fundraising pages and recruit their friends and colleagues to donated. Individuals, businesses and organizations can set-up their own page. This fundraising strategy also helps us rally other to give when they see the contributions you are making to our efforts. For an example, click below to see how the Village of Shorewood Hills League is rallying residents to support One City. In setting up your page, you can choose your fundraising goal, share your page with others to encourage them to give, and track their giving and your fundraising success as well. 

  3. Send your Donation via U.S. Mail 

    Choose either the standard “one-time” or “multi-year” form below, complete it and mail it along with your donation to:

    Ready By Five 
    One City Early Learning Centers
    2012 Fisher Street
    Madison, WI 53713

General Pledge Form 

Pledge Letter of Intent (larger, multi-year gifts)

For more information, please contact Marilyn Peebles Ruffin at 608.268.8004 or

Thank you in advance for your generosity. It means a lot to us!

Together, we can ensure that children have a greater start in life, and that they are Ready By Age 5, endowed with the foundation they need to succeed in school and life.

Note: No matter how you choose to Donate, all donations come to the same place.