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We need your support to carry out our mission!

We are part of the Smithsonian Institution, but Folkways staff and production costs are paid for by gifts and earned revenues, not government appropriations. With your gift, we can continue our work to bring you sounds from around the world. All donations are federally tax deductible, and we will send you a receipt for your donation. Thank you for being part of the Folkways family!

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Other ways you can you help?

Become a Friend of Folkways

Becoming a monthly sustaining supporter and enjoy the benefit of streaming access to the collection. Click here for more info.

Buy our recordings

Revenues from recordings that are sold through our website and retail distributors support our ongoing work.

Donate by Mail

Donations may be made by check to "Smithsonian Folkways Recordings" and mailed to:
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
PO BOX 37012, MRC 520, CG 2001
Washington, DC 20013 USA
or made online above. Does your company match your charitable giving? Check with your human resources department to see how you can increase your support for Smithsonian Folkways.

Donate Stock

Tax deductible donations of stocks, bonds, and other securities are welcome. You receive a tax deduction and offset capital gains taxes when you give stocks that have appreciated in value. Please consult with your financial planner, accountant, or estate attorney to discuss your specific situation. Consider donating stocks that do not meet your criteria for social responsibility and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will use them to preserve and disseminate the sounds you love.

Endowed Support

Consider a major gift to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in the form of an endowment. With an endowment, the principal is a permanent, non-spendable asset. Only interest income from the fund is used for charitable activities and the endowment remains in perpetuity. Endowed funds provide you with substantial tax benefits and secure the future and growth of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Please consult with your financial planner, accountant, or estate attorney to discuss your specific situation.

Leave a Sound Legacy

As you prepare for your future, please consider the benefits of a bequest in your will, a charitable gift annuity, or a charitable trust for Smithsonian Folkways. Planned Giving to Smithsonian Folkways can greatly assist your financial and tax situation today and leave a lasting legacy for generations to hear. Please consult with your financial planner, accountant, or estate attorney to discuss your specific situation.

Foundation/Corporate Support

Foundations and corporations are a vital source of support to Smithsonian Folkways, offering much needed operational funds or championing specific projects that further their goals. Smithsonian Folkways welcomes the opportunity to work together. Corporate support has the potential for strong returns in marketing, PR, brand awareness, and government relations.

Apply for internships or volunteer

Internships and volunteer work offer both an educational experience in a lively environment for the intern or volunteer and enhance our ability to carry out our mission. Visit here for further information.

More Information

For more information, please contact Logan Clark at,
or 202-633-3722.

If you are already a donor to the Smithsonian Institution, please designate your gift to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.