As a hub for creative and intelligent minds, residents of the nation’s capital are all about enriching their community. There are a number of arts programs and nonprofit organizations throughout the city that could use your help to ensure both locals and visitors experience the abundant culture DC has to offer. Donations are always welcome and put to good use.


Art + Media House
3035 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-2299

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Art + Media House program is a branch of DC’s Latin American Youth Center. Children ages 11-18, currently enrolled in school or a GED program, can attend classes at this community-based art center. There are both school-year and summer programs available. Students can learn about digital and visual arts, while developing collaborative leadership and management skills through the creation of projects and exhibits. You can donate to the Latin American Youth Center on their website and designate where your contribution goes. There are a number of unpaid internship opportunities at Art + Media, and volunteer forms can be found online.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)
545 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-6839

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sun – Closed

The CHAW was created to share art expertise with the diverse children and adults of the DC area. The workshop is home to an art gallery, photography room and several studios including paint, dance, pottery and music. CHAW offers summer camps as well as classes throughout the year. There are a number of ways to donate. They offer a sponsorship program that you can personalize for individuals or businesses. CHAW supporters can donate online, by phone or mail checks. Also, this organization is a proud member of the United Way Campaign and the Combined Federal Campaign. Play your part by helping out today.


DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH)
1371 Harvard St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 724-5613

Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat and Sun – Closed

As one of DC’s finest arts and humanities programs, the DCCAH enriches the lives of those in and surrounding the metro area through grants, education, professional services and financial backing for many nonprofit organizations. Their financial aid is particularly focused on three art programs including DC Creates Public Art, Arts Learning and Outreach and Arts Building Communities. The DC government financially supports this organization. Visit their website to learn more about donations.


DC Arts Center (DCAC)
2438 18thSt NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-7833

Hours: Wed to Sun – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon and Tues – Closed

The DC Arts Center is a hip gallery and theater that has supported local emerging artists for over two decades. Structured programs create professional forums for artists in all media and serve as a platform for cultural dialogue. There are a number of membership levels available, and as an incentive, members receive discounts at both the DCAC theater and their partnering theaters. This nonprofit center happily welcomes donations. Volunteer at the DCAC to help with fundraising events, or for younger supporters, consider getting involved with an internship.

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat and Sun – Closed

The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President Kennedy, is a DC institution that has provided the city with memorable performances, festivals and events since 1971. The Center presents performances in numerous areas including theater, ballet, orchestra, jazz and many more. A surprise to many, this organization is run primarily on donations. They offer memberships and accept and encourage donations of any size. Contributors have the option to put their money toward all Kennedy Center programs, the National Symphony Orchestra or the Washington National Orchestra. To get involved, volunteer for short-term programs or specific festivals and events, or become a “Friend.” “Friends” of the Center perform such duties as working the reception desk or giving tours to visitors.

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