Support Us

Support Us

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The cast of The Sound of Music.

Be a Member

Support the Kennedy Center as a Member and receive insider access and benefits as a thank you for your gift.


Give the gift of time by becoming a Kennedy Center volunteer.

A special dinner event in the Kennedy Center Atrium.


Support our artistic and educational programs across the country when you attend special gala events.

Support Appropriations 50/50

President John F. Kennedy looks upward.

Why we need your support...

Since 1971, the Kennedy Center has served as President Kennedy’s living memorial, working to fulfill his vision to connect more Americans to the arts—and we need your support.

Any federal appropriations we receive can only be used for the maintenance and operation of the building. This means each year we must raise more than $80 million to support the performances, programming, and educational opportunities that bring the arts to millions of people here in DC and around the world. It is only because of supporters like you that the Kennedy Center is able to provide the educational resources, digital content, and performances that make the arts come alive!

Help Inspire Others

Your gift today will provide vital support for our artistic and educational programming, both in-person and online.

Your Impact

ݮƵѰapp is committed to ensuring everyone, both in DC and around the nation, has a community rich in the performing arts. The support of our donors makes it happen! Here's just some of what we accomplished together in the last season:

  • 400+

    free events at the Kennedy Center

  • 1,500+

    performances and activities at the Kennedy Center

  • 1.3M+

    students reached through school and community programs

  • 703,457

    audience members reached through performances, productions, and career development programs

  • 1,691

    artists engaged by our Social Impact team

  • 1.1M+

    users accessed resources on the Kennedy Center Education website

  • 3,551

    partner schools and universities (including 1,448 Title 1 schools) attended or hosted performances

  • 240

    student artists trained through Kennedy Center career development programs

  • 24,495

    people attended our Social Impact programs 

Advancing the Arts across America


Explore the impact we've made together, on our stages and in our community, in our 2022 – 2023 Annual Report.


Explore the Annual Report


Thank You

With gratitude we recognize our board members and donors. Thank you for your belief that the performing arts are a vital part of the human experience.


View Our Donors

Corporate Giving and Sponsorships

Corporate gifts are an important part of the Center's funding, through both membership in the Corporate Fund and sponsorship opportunities, providing ample options for exposure and activation.

Photo of children playing outside at the REACH with hoops.

Kids at Come to the Circle, Hoop Dance & Stories by Ty Defoe Photo by Margot 

Give the gift of Membership

With benefits including access to exclusive content, discounts, and Ticket Priority, a Kennedy Center Membership is the perfect gift for any arts lover in your life.

National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera

National Symphony Orchestra

Support the National Symphony Orchestra’s impact on audiences all over the globe.

Washington National Opera

Help sustain Washington National Opera’s exceptional performances and educational outreach initiatives around the country.

Other Ways to Give

Honorary & Memorial
Honor someone through a gift to the Kennedy Center by contacting us at [email protected] or (202) 416-8041, or click here to make a gift in memory of someone

Make a Memorial Gift

Legacy Gifts
Make the Kennedy Center a part of your legacy by leaving a gift in your will, or making a gift today that provides you income for life and potential tax benefits.


Corporate Giving
Corporations can provide vital ongoing support through membership in the Corporate Fund and personalized sponsorship opportunities.

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Other Options
The Center is happy to accept contributions via your preferred donation channel, such as check, gifts of stock, wire transfer, or Donor Advised Funds. 

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Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

Development Office
[email protected]
(202) 416-8310

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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