The Ames-Whitbeck Good Fairy Fund
What is the Good Fairy Fund?
DC’s Different Drummers is committed to being a community band where any and all people can work together to make music and have fun. Everyone brings to the organization their time, talent and treasure. We all bring these three items in varying amounts but all are equally valuable and necessary to the band. In order to facilitate full participation in the band, we are establishing a fund so that those with limited financial means can fully participate and contribute to the organization. Two former members of DCDD dedicated many years of their time, talent, and treasure to the Band and we honor their example by naming the fund after them – Judy Ames and Laura Whitbeck. Without their dedication and service, we would not be where we are today experiencing phenomenal growth and participation.
Why do we need a Fund?
At various times in our lives, we have all relied on friends or family to help us out. Sometimes we even received assistance anonymously from a “good fairy”. DCDD does not want money to hinder participation in concerts, trips, and other special events. The fund will help facilitate participation by all members.
How do I tap into the Fund?
Any DCDD member in good standing may request financial assistance for band activities from the fund. To request assistance, a member may contact the President of the Band or their section leader. Assistance will be provided as funds are available and at the discretion of the Board of Directors. A simple request form can be filled out so that we may keep records for audits of the Fund.
Do I have to pay the money back?
You may certainly contribute back into the Fund should your financial situation change. We do not expect financial restitution. However, we require that for every $25 dollars borrowed from the fund, the recipient will reimburse the Band with an hour of service. We will frequently provide opportunities for members to volunteer their time to the Band with activities such as setup/take down of rehearsal space, concert setup, logistical support, and the other myriad of tasks needed to keep our increasingly larger organization running.
How do I contribute into the Fund?
We encourage our members who do have the financial resources to share with others to contribute to the Good Fairy Fund so that we might help become an even better, stronger organization. Since DCDD is a 501(c)(3) organization, contributions may be considered fully tax deductible depending upon your tax status. Contributions may be mailed to the DCDD mailbox in care of the Treasurer, or given to the President. Please mark on your check the purpose of the contribution. We will also accept donations through the DCDD web page.
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Home for the Holidays
Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 E. Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003
D.C.'s Different Drummers is a very active organization. Our multiple ensembles perform multiple engagements throughout the National Capital Region all through the calendar year. These activates require a lot of expenses, including rehearsal space, instrument rental and repair, advertising, insurance, and traveling expenses, to name but a few. Support from our community partners and donors is essential to the continued operation and growth of our organization.
D.C.’s Different Drummers is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. There are numerous options available interested patrons can support our organization. Your support empowers all members of our musical community to perform with PRIDE! We thank you for your generous contribution. See you at a performance soon!
Ames-Whitebeck Good Fairy Fund
- Friends of DCDD: $100-249
- Drummer's Circle: $250-499
- Conductor's Circle: $500-999
- Founder's Circle: $1,000 & greater
Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts (JSEF)
Combined Federal Campaign
Grants and Other Large Donations
For more information on opportunities to support the D.C.’s Different Drummers, please contact our development team.
About D.C.'s Different Drummers
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
— Henry David Thoreau
Mission: D.C.'s Different Drummers is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender music organization welcoming ALL musicians as it fosters pride, inclusivity, and engagement with the greater Washington, D.C. region through music.
D.C.'s Different Drummers started in 1980 with 7 musicians who got together in an apartment in Washington, DC, to play through some books of college fight songs. The first song played by the band was "On Wisconsin!". Today our membership is well over 100 people with ensembles that cover classical, jazz, contemporary, and marching music. We play all over the DC metro region, and we draw membership from the LGBT community and their supporters in the National Capital Region while striving to create music and fellowship.
We currently host the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band (CPSB), the DCDD Marching Band, DC Swing!, and multiple small ensembles. All of our ensembles hold numerous performances of every size and genre throughout the calendar year. Most of our ensembles are non-audition and some of our members have not picked up an instrument in decades, so everyone is encouraged to join! After all, if you're out of the closet shouldn't your instrument be as well?
D.C. Different Drummers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music organization incorporated in the District of Columbia, and a participant in the Jon Sims Endowment Fund. We are founding members of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, proud members of TeamDC, and Pride Partners of the Capital Pride Alliance.