Philanthropy is a Humanities Discipline

The Humanities Council is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Washington, DC. Founded in 1980, we are a non-profit that aims to connect DC’s residents to their city’s past, present, and future through humanities programming and grants. We serve over 430,000 DC residents every year by producing or supporting over 75 programs throughout the city, while conducting our annual youth leadership training program over the summer, and managing the DC Digital Museum – an online museum that connects everyone to DC’s cultural history. We harness our diverse collection of programs to prompt socio-political discussions, chronicle DC’s rich historical narrative, and engage every resident in the diverse disciplines of the humanities.

The Council must rely on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations to sustain and continue its mission to preserve the District’s cultural legacy. Every donor and every contribution helps us make a deeper and wider impact on our audience. Your contribution will allow us to introduce our city’s youth to the District’s unique local history, support partner organizations that are integrating scholars into our everyday life, and prompt young professionals to examine the civic issues at the heart of our community. Your support can make the Nation’s Capital, the Humanities Capital, and we cannot thank you enough for considering us in your giving plans this year.

How to Donate:

MAIL: Send your donation by check to the

Humanities Council

925 U Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Did you know that over 90% of the companies in the DC Metro area offer employee matching gift programs? These important programs can double, or in some cases, triple, contributions made by a donor to the Council.

Both current and former employees of the following companies can make a bigger impact with their gift: AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Caterpillar, ExxonMobil, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, IBM, Macy’s, McGraw Hill, Microsoft, Pfizer, Verizon, The Washington Post, Washington Gas and Wells Fargo.

We encourage you to check with your Human Resources office to find out if your company participates in a matching gift program and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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