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Ways to Give

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

- Winston Churchill

Donate Online

You may also use our secure online form to make a credit card contribution by clicking here.

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Donate by Mail or in Person

The Ellington Fund sends direct mail appeals that provide updates and highlights on the education programs and needs at the school. To join our mailing and/or e-newsletter list please email us at If you would like to make a contribution, please make your check payable to The Ellington Fund, 3500 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007. You may make a gift in person. We accept cash, check and credit card donations. The Ellington Fund office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Donate by Phone

Please call The Ellington Fund at 202-299-5663 to make a credit card donation.

Donate through America’s Charities, CFC, or DC One Fund

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA) participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) through America’s Charities. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. To give through CFC, please use our number: 38270.

DC Government Employees can pledge support to Ellington as your charity of choice through the DC One Fund. The DC One Fund is a convenient tool for you to make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice through payroll deductions. If you have any questions email with your agency’s name and they will respond with the contact information for your agency’s coordinator. To give through the DC One Fund, please use our number: 8586. The DC One Fund drive campaign will close on 12/14/18.

Matching Gifts

Many employers match an employee’s charitable donation to non-profit organizations. To take advantage of matching gift programs offered by your employer, please seek out the necessary forms from your human resources department or company website.

Planned Giving

Charitable gifts, current and deferred can help ensure financial stability of Duke Ellington School of the Arts while creating a legacy for you and your family. We accept many planned giving vehicles including trusts, annuities, insurance policies and bequests. Please speak with your financial advisor on planned gift options for Ellington. You may also contact us at 202-299-5609 to discuss planned giving options.

Donate While You Shop on Amazon

Amazon Smile Icon Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. When you shop on, select The Ellington Fund as your charitable organization and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase to support our programs.

Other Ways to Support DESA

Community Events

Community organizations and supporters periodically host events to benefit the school. If you are interested in hosting an event to benefit Duke Ellington, please email us at or call 202-299-5606 to discuss your idea.


You can support Duke Ellington with every purchase you make at Safeway. By registering your Safeway Club Card through eScrip’s website, a percentage of your future Safeway purchases will be donated to Duke Ellington — a simple and great way to support our school.


Duke Ellington accepts in-kind donations including instruments, dance shoes, school and office supplies among other needed items. We also welcome in-kind donations such as catering for events, painting or other renovations for the building, furniture, design and printing, business services and similar items. If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, please contact us at Please note that the responsibility of the valuation of any in-kind donation is the responsibility of the donor, per IRS regulations. If you have additional questions, please call us at 202-299-5663. Click here for the In-kind Donation Form.


As a sponsor, you will gain exposure through several marketing and promotional channels leading up to Ellington special events, achieve enhanced visibility in the community, and become a partner of a leading arts school with proven academic and artistic success. Click here to learn more about previous sponsorship opportunities through our Performance Legends Series.

Student Performances

Ellington students are not only talented young artists but professionals as well. Our various ensembles (Jazz, Choir) and instrumental and vocal soloists are available for paid performances. We accommodate a variety of requests based on your needs. If you are interested in hiring a student performer or ensemble, please complete the form here.