With your help, we can:
- Strengthen our existing programs and maintain low fees
- Fund the staff and professional conductors needed to sustain programs
- Continue to provide program scholarships
- Provide FREE community concerts at the conclusion of each season in high visibility and quality venues
Ways To Give
In addition to digital giving, we also accept cash, checks, and money orders. These can be mailed to:
Encore Creativity for Older Adults
6955 Willow Street NW, #223
Washington DC 20012
Stocks, Bonds, tax-free IRA charitable rollover, and charitable bequest. Stock donations can be made through our brockerage account:
- DTC #: 0075
- Account #: 70297879
- Account Name: Encore Creativity Corporation
Donate To The Jeanne Kelly Fund
The Jeanne Kelly Fund – In Honor of our Founder and her Legacy
As Encore continues to grow, now is a perfect time to honor a woman who has dedicated over five decades of her life to the pursuit of excellence in the field of music as a performer, conductor, teacher and administrator. Her passion for, and service to, singers over 55 is unparalleled, bringing to the spotlight the magic and power of older adult singers and their valuable contributions to our community.
The Jeanne Kelly Fund provides funding for five major initiatives and goals for Encore Creativity:
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: We want every older adult to experience the power of the arts. With funding from the Jeanne Kelly Fund, we will create programs in under-resourced communities and provide tuition assistance when needed.
- Expansion of Arts for Life: These programs, our Sentimental Journey Singers and Melody Makers programs, are for those with cognitive change and their care partners. Funds also support other arts and wellness-related programs including pilot programs for all stages of memory care.
- National Expansion of Encore Chorales: Each new Encore ensemble requires $7500 in funds for every new location across cities and states in our great nation. This funding will go toward bringing new Encore Chorales and ROCKS programs throughout the nation,
- Talent Recruitment and Retention: This pillar goes toward retention and recruitment of the very best in artistic personnel. This would also include internship programs to elevate the future generation of leaders with higher education institutions.
- Expansion of Encore University: Online arts and education programs, such as Encore University and our other online offerings, are meant to make the arts accessible virtually and inclusive across the nation. We seek to expand out online presence to create a palate of education offerings and to continue to make the arts accessible virtually.
These are BIG ideas that will take generous supporters and major gifts. Please contact Joshua Vickery at email@example.com to discuss your area of passion.
Encore is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions to Encore are tax-deductible.
Send your check to:
Encore Creativity for Older Adults
2955 Willow Street NW, #223
Washington, DC 20012
A copy of the current financial statements of Encore Creativity is available by writing to our mailing address, or by calling (301) 261-5747. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 974-5534.
The Legacy Circle
The Legacy Circle is the special recognition of individuals who have designated gifts to Encore through their will, living trust, or another part of their estate plan. Designated gifts can include bequests, charitable trusts, real estate, or beneficiary designations of retirement plans, mutual funds, bank accounts or insurance policies. If you would like to become a member of our Legacy Circle, simply notify Encore that you have included Encore in your estate plan by filling out the form below. Becoming a member of the Legacy Circle is one way to help assure that the mission of Encore continues well into the future!
Encore is committed to respecting the privacy of its donors
Encore will not sell, share or trade donors' names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to Encore’s donors on behalf of other organizations.
This policy applies to all information received by Encore, both online and offline, on any platform ("Platform", includes the Encore website and the Blackbaud/eTapestry donor management platform), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.
To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, Encore’s donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.
Encore collects and maintains the following types of donor information:
• contact information: name, complete address, phone number, email address
• donation information: amounts donated, date of donation(s), method and stimulus
• Donor requests and comments
How Information is Used.
Encore uses your data to maintain records of donations, send acknowledgements, mail year- end tax statements to you, send newsletters, notices and direct mail pieces, and for internal marketing purposes. Encore normally adds you to its mailing list, unless you request otherwise.
Unless specifically requested otherwise, Encore may list individual donors’ names in ANY of our publications, including Encore’s Annual Report, concert programs, or on Encore’s web site. Corporate and Foundation sponsors are also listed in Encore’s Annual Report and event programs.
Encore may use donor’s written comments/letters occasionally to post on Encore’s website, Annual Report, newsletters and other marketing materials and to respond to donor inquiries. All uses of comments/letters are anonymous unless Encore secures permission for the individual quoted.
Approved by Encore’s Board of Directors May 1, 2019
Credit card numbers are not retained once processed. Encore’s online donation forms have an SSL certificate to ensure privacy. Donations over 2% of Encore’s entire budget must be reported on IRS Form 990, Schedule B.
Encore uses website statistics to analyze website usage. No personal information is collected.
No Sharing of Personal Information.
Encore will not sell, rent, trade or transfer your personal information to outside organizations. Use of donor information will be limited to the internal purposes of Encore and only to further Encore’s mission. Nevertheless, security measures may not prevent all losses, and Encore is not responsible for any damages or liabilities relating to security failures.
Removing Your Name from Encore’s Mailing List.
Please contact Encore if you wish to be removed from our mailing list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (301) 261-5747
Gift Solicitation And Acceptance Policy
GIFT SOLICITATION AND ACCEPTANCE POLICY
©Standards for Excellence Institute, 1999-2016
Updated and approved by Encore Board of Directors July 25, 2018
Solicitations and Acknowledgements:
- Encore Creativity Corporation’s (Encore) solicitations and acknowledgements will be accurate, truthful, and candid.
- Solicitation materials and acknowledgements/receipts shall follow all federal and state requirements for solicitations, including, but not limited to:
- Disclaimers, such as those required by State charity regulators;
- Disclosure statements, indicating that the organization is a charitable nonprofit and statement such as those required by state charity regulators;
- Indication of the value of goods or services provided to the donor in exchange for their gift;
- Reporting to the IRS:
- Encore will provide donors who make contributions of noncash property with a value of over $500 to donors so that the donor may attach this form to their taxes.
- Encore will file Form 8282 with the IRS if it sells, exchanges or disposes of property within two years of the donation on or before the 125th day after the organization sells, exchanges or disposes of the property.).
Acceptance of Donated Gifts:
- Encore solicits and accepts gifts that are consistent with its mission and that support its core programs, as well as special projects.
- Donations will generally be accepted from individuals, partnerships, corporations, foundations, government agencies, or other entities, without limitations—unless acceptance of gifts from a specific source is inconsistent with Encore’s mission.
- In the course of its regular fundraising activities, Encore may accept donations of the following: money, securities, real property, and personal property.
- Certain types of gifts must be reviewed prior to their being accepted because they may create liabilities or impose special obligations on Encore. The types of gifts that will require review, and the review process, are as follows:
- Gifts of real property – land and/or buildings may only be accepted upon careful review and approval of the Board of Directors;
- Gifts of personal property – personal property such as automobiles, furniture, business equipment, may only be accepted upon approval of the Board of Directors;
- Gifts of securities, insurance, trusts, annuities, bequests, retirement plans, – stocks, bonds, or other securities may only be accepted upon approval of the Board of Directors;
- Restricted gifts – gifts that may only be used for restricted purposes may only be accepted upon approval of the Executive Director;
- Unusual gifts – gifts that are out of the ordinary, such that they differ significantly from the amounts or types of gifts that are routinely received by the organization, may only be accepted upon approval of the Executive Director.
- Encore may elect to refuse gifts of cash, securities, real estate or other items of value if there is reason to believe that such gifts are incompatible with the mission of the organization, conflict with its core values, or would create a financial, administrative, or programmatic burden. The Executive Director is directed to refer questionable gifts to the Board of Directors for guidance on a case-by-case basis. Employees of the organization are encouraged to bring to the attention of the Executive Director any concerns they may have about the appropriateness of accepting any gift.
- Encore may elect to refuse gifts of any type if the potential gift poses a conflict of interest – including but not limited to real conflicts of interests, appearances of conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest.
Restricted Gifts and Honoring the Intention of Donors
- Encore follows the Donor Bill of Rights (developed by American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals).
- When funds are accepted with restrictions, restrictions will be honored. If restrictions cannot be honored, gifts will be returned to the donor.
- Requests by donors to remain anonymous have their names removed from mailing lists, or to restrict appeals will be honored. Information about donors that donors wish to remain confidential including contact information and amount of gifts, may be held in confidence upon request. Donors will not be subject to excessive pressure when solicited for contributions.
Working with Outside Fundraisers
- Encore does not pay fundraisers based on a percentage of the amount raised or other commission formula.
- Encore only hires fundraisers and fundraising counsel who are properly registered with the State of Maryland or other applicable jurisdiction.
Monitoring All Fundraising Activities
- Encore’s Executive Director will approve all fundraising activity conducted by any staff, volunteers, consultants, contractors, board members, and others soliciting on behalf of the organization.
On occasion, Encore may find it necessary to retain legal counsel to assist with issues related to accepting gifts to review transactions, contracts, agreements, restrictions, and address actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest. Donors may engage their own legal or tax counsel as they consider gifts, but this counsel must not be Encore’s legal counsel.