The Ellington Fund (the Fund) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1979 to serve as the charitable arm of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). The Ellington Fund administers and supports several programs and activities at DESA that are not funded by the DC Public School System (DCPS). Governed by its own board of directors, the president of that board and an additional two members, serve on the DESAP board. Working closely with the head of school, the Fund is responsible for prioritizing the many additional resources needed for the school, and acquiring funding from individual donors, organizations and corporations to provide the finances necessary to bridge the funding gap to support its diverse arts programs. Find out more.