Individual Giving


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In 1971, Congress gave the Kennedy Center a mandate to present a wide variety of classical and contemporary performances and establish programs to introduce the performing arts to children and adults nationwide.

What they did not give us is the funding to accomplish this goal. All federal money appropriated to the Kennedy Center may be used only to cover the operation and maintenance of the building as a presidential memorial.

Of course, the Kennedy Center is a living memorial, showcasing the finest performances of our time. However, ticket sales and other earned income cover only half of the Center's budget, which means we must raise more than $80 million annually to deliver the kind of excellence on the stage and in our many programs for children, teachers, aspiring artists, and underserved communities that you -- and they -- have come to expect. That's why your Membership is truly vital to our mission and financial well-being.

Your contribution can be designated to support all Kennedy Center programs, Ballet and Dance programs, the National Symphony Orchestra, or the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. All contributions are tax-deductible less the fair market value of the benefits.

Please help sustain the excellence of the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera. Make a contribution today!

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Membership

Now is the perfect time to become a Member!

Your Kennedy Center Membership will keep you connected to the most exciting and anticipated theatrical, musical, dance, opera, and performance events in Washington with Members-only benefits that are truly outstanding, including the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public through our Members-Only Ticket Priority benefit.

As a Member, you'll receive an exclusive subscription to our On the Aisle newsletter, and much more. The benefits are our way of saying "thank you" for your support. All of our benefits are designed to truly enhance your Kennedy Center experience in ways that will be useful and meaningful to you.

Circles Membership

Circles Membership is your opportunity to play a starring role at the Center!

Not only will you receive more exclusive privileges and benefits in appreciation of your generous gift, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution supports the Center’s wide variety of artistic and educational work both in this community and across the country. With world-class performances and high-impact education programs, our nation’s cultural center and memorial to President Kennedy provides visitors of all ages and background with an unforgettable experience.

Increasing your access to Kennedy Center programming and exclusive Circles benefits is as easy as donating online or calling the Circles office at (202) 416-8084. Gifts can be made by check, credit card, or appreciated securities, and can even be paid in monthly installments. Donate now to experience Circles for yourself!

Give the Gift of Membership

Share the benefits and privileges of Membership with family members, friends, or colleagues while supporting the artistic and education programs of the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, or Washington National Opera.

Perfect for birthdays, holidays, or just because - - give the gift of Membership and unwrap the wonders of the performing arts.

Each recipient will receive a Membership packet, including information about Member benefits and a personalized greeting from you, the giver!

Contact our Membership office at 202-416-8310 to give the gift of Membership today!

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Honor someone special with a gift of Kennedy Center Membership. Honorary gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate a friend, loved one, or colleague and their enthusiasm for the performing arts.

Your contribution can also be a meaningful way to remember someone who loved the Center's inspiring performances and programs during his or her lifetime.

We offer several ways for you to recognize an important person in your life while providing support for the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, or Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.

Please call 202-416-8041 if you have questions, or are interested in making an honorary or memorial gift.

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