#Giving Tuesday - Dance Charities

In honor of #GivingTuesday we present the following charitable organizations that donate to the dance community. Do you know of others we should list here? Let us know at info@fastdancers.com.

The Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a movement benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across North America. We are the only children’s charity committed to having 100% of the funds raised stay local to support local kids. Since inception, the Miracle Network Dance Marathon has raised more than $250 million for kids across North America- ensuring that no child or family fights pediatric illness or injury alone. dancemarathon.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org

TheI’m A Dancer Against Cancer campaign was founded in 2012 in a response to the loss of a young dancer from cancer. Since then, it has become a beacon of hope in the dance community, uniting dancers all over the nation.In 2014, Dancers Against Cancer became an official 501(c) 3 to continue to provide financial assistance to dance educators, dancers and family members impacted by cancer. To date, DAC has proudly raised over 2 MILLION dollars in donations that directly benefit those in need.Dancers Against Cancer is grateful for the support of the dance community and we will continue to make a difference in the lives of dancers fighting cancer. imadanceragainstcancer.org

Donate 2 Dance collects gently worn dance shoes, costumes and dancewear to donate to dance schools in need across the country. So far, we have partnered with over 35 dance programs that serve inner city children and those with special needs. We started with a pile of our own shoes and costumes and have watched dancers from all over the world from New York City to New Jersey to Minnesota and London get into the spirit! They ship their donations directly to us or they find a Donate2Dance donation bin at one of our 9 drop-off locations. donate2dance.org

The Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers is a non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to financial assistance in the education, preservation, and promotion of the Shag, the state dance of South Carolina. The purpose of the ETFJS is to remove financial barriers that prevent those under 21 from learning and participating in the shag dance. Examples of this include providing free dance shoes, funding workshops, and providing meal, lodging, and gas vouchers for shag dance events such as Junior SOS at North Myrtle Beach. ellentaylorfoundation.org

The Silton Foundation is a Non-Profit Domestic Foundation based in Oregon, designed to promote the education and advancement of West Coast Swing dancers. Created in 2014, this grant began by annually awarding a scholarship to one male and one female dancer residing in California, Oregon, or Washington. In December of 2015, TSF expanded to award four scholarships annually. thesiltonfoundation.org

We Dance Country USA Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit corporation formed in GA. Founders are Charles Jones and Nicole Wardell. We have been personally donating scholarship money, boots, and buckles over the last couple of years. It has always been our passion to help grow our dance community and now we have put our efforts together to form this foundation in order to help get many more people involved and really make a difference.Raising money through donations to provide scholarships to youth and newcomer dancers on the UCWDC and ACDA dance circuits. wedancecountryusa.com

The Frankie Manning Foundation carries on the work and the spirit of Frankie Manning in spreading the joy of Lindy hop throughout the world. Programs include Ambassador scholarships, youth initiatives, archiving, and more, with special emphasis on:

  • the underrepresented African-American community

  • children and young people

  • new geographic locales around the globe


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