Holiday Giving 101: How You Can Help Provide Art Therapy to Children with Cancer

Every day, our Master’s-trained art therapists help young cancer patients and their families navigate an exceedingly difficult chapter in their lives. Our work is only possible because of supporters like you. This giving season, there are many ways you can give children with the cancer the gift of art therapy.

 

Art Therapist CNMC Masks

Jane Woo, MA, ATR, one of our art therapists at Children’s National Medical Center, decorates masks with a patient.

This #GivingTuesday, we raised $7,565 from individual donors like you. Because the Wiliam Rosenberg Family Foundation agreed to match this number, we have doubled the power of those contributions.

If you are planning on making some final charitable contributions in 2017, please consider giving the gift of art therapy via our website here. Or, you can:

  • Shop using AmazonSmile and the website will automatically donate a portion of what you spend to Tracy’s Kids. Learn more here.
  • Donate your appreciated stock values if the stock market has treated you well. For more information please contact bridget@tracyskids.org.
  • Federal employees can give here through the Combined Federal Campaign. Our number is 21655.
  • Maryland state employees can give here via the Maryland Charities Campaign, which runs through December 15.
  • Virginia state employees can give here via the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, which runs through December 21.
  • Send a check made out to “Tracy’s Kids” to: Tracy’s Kids, 5509 Devon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

We are committed to maximizing the impact of every dollar we raise. In 2016, more than 80 percent of our budget went directly toward Art Therapists’ salaries and art supplies.. Read our 2016 annual report to learn more about where your support goes.

Tracy’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our federal tax ID number is 26-3835257.

To learn more please go to our Facebook page, website, or contact Bridget Gray at bridget@tracyskids.org.

Tracy’s Kids 2016 Annual Report

Our Tracy’s Kids 2016 Annual Report and Audit are here!  Read the stories of our bright, brave patients and the work that Tracy’s Kids has done in 2016 — including new sites in Virginia and Maryland!

“Society has a real obligation to deal with cancer, and especially among kids – and to have emotional support for them, not just medical support…  Tracy’s Kids gives families hope.” — Tom Brokaw, NBC News Correspondent and Cancer Survivor

The work we do allows kids to be kids…

Comcast Newsmakers shows the heart of Tracy’s Kids.  “Tracy’s Kids really provides the next level of comfort to [kids in treatment], allowing them to get out the stress,” says Dr. Michael Donnelly, MedStar Georgetown Pediatrics.

“And the Winner Is…”

 

We had a fabulous time on February 13 celebrating the movies, actors — and our REAL stars — our Tracy’s Kids patients and the art therapists who work with them!  Second Lady Karen Pence, a Tracy’s Kids board member, and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill received the Courage Awards at our annual fundraiser.  Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, Board Member Marcelle Leahy, and superstar patient Tatum were on hand to help celebrate!

Where Do Our Donations Go?

 We are especially proud that Tracy’s Kids offers so much impact with so little overhead. The percentage of our funds dedicated to delivering our services — 84% in 2016 — is well above industry norms.

12th Annual “And the Winner is…” Red Carpet Event Benefits Tracy’s Kids

 

We had a fabulous time on February 13, 2017  celebrating the movies, actors — and our REAL stars — our Tracy’s Kids patients and the art therapists who work with them!  Second Lady Karen Pence, a Tracy’s Kids board member, and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill received the charity’s Courage Awards at the annual fundraiser.  

Among the crowd celebrating these heroes were: Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and his wife Marcelle Leahy, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), charity founder Matt Gerson and Comcast’s David Cohen.

12th Annual “And The Winner Is…” Red Carpet Event!

Join Tracy’s Kids on February 13, 2017 as we walk the red carpet before eating, drinking and then watching one of the seven nominated films that we will screen right in the heart of Hollywood’s award season.  Proceeds from the evening support Tracy’s Kids pediatric art therapy programs, which help young cancer patients cope with the emotional stress and trauma from cancer and its treatment.  

 

Thank you for making this work possible!

This note from the older brother of a former patient at DC’s Children’s National Medical Center is the best ‘thank you’ we can pass on to the friends and supporters who make our work possible —
Dear Tracy’s Kids, I just want to say thank you for creating this amazing program to help kids. The art therapy room was very helpful for me when my brother was going through stuff. So I can only imagine how much you all help kids every day. I hope this (contribution) helps to continue this amazing program.”
Click here to contribute to Tracy’s Kids.

“Tracy’s Kids is a refuge”

Tracy’s Kids is a refuge and needed distraction for families absorbing a flood of emotions.  In helping us navigate this traumatic period, you instilled invaluable coping skills and resilience that will remain with us well into the future.”

– Michael, the father of Jake, a two-year-old patient at Children’s National, Sept. 2016

2015 Tracy’s Kids Expenditures

We are especially proud that Tracy’s Kids offers so much impact with so little overhead. The percentage of our funds dedicated to delivering our services is well above industry norms.

TK expenditures chart