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About Us


Thank you to the individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and community organizations that provide financial support to Sitar Arts Center’s annual programs and operations. The donors listed below generously gave or pledged $500 or more between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Thank you also to the generous supporters of Sitar’s Building the Next Stage multiyear capital campaign, who are listed here.

We are deeply grateful to the volunteers and leaders whose generous contributions of time and effort make Sitar Arts Center’s work possible. And we thank the donors of in-kind goods and services, and supporters at all levels who are not named on this page.

With each of you, Sitar engages DC youth, from early childhood to young adulthood, in building a creative community of learning and belonging that removes financial and cultural barriers.

If you notice an error in a listing, or would like to learn more about supporting the youth at Sitar, please contact Essence Newhoff, Chief Development Officer, at or (202) 797-2145 ext. 101.


Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities


$50,000 – $99,999

Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation

deLaski Family Foundation

Dweck Philanthropies

Genesis Inspiration Foundation

Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation

The Morningstar Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

$25,000 – $49,999


Greg Albright and Wes Combs

Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

David DeSantis and Todd Malan

Melissa and Ken Doyle

Harman Family Foundation

Jack R. Anderson Foundation

Lainoff Family Foundation

Jill Minneman and Tom Fulcher

Leonard & Hilda Kaplan Charitable Foundation

Share Fund

The George Preston Marshall Foundation

The Lois & Richard England Family Foundation

The William S. Abell Foundation

$15,000 – $24,999 

Be Dismond Sweet ~ BeSweetLife

Kenton Campbell and Susan Wooddell-Campbell

Make It Better Fund

The Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott Foundation

Thomas Nichols and Daniel Chadburn

Scott Spector and Sandra Masur

The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation

V&S Foundation

$10,000 – $14,999

Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts

David S. Shrager Foundation

Mary Kathleen Ernst and Edmund Spivack

Events DC

Jean-Marie and Raul Fernandez

Nancy “Bitsey” Folger

Harman Cain Family Foundation

Jill Herscot

Joseph and Lynne Horning

Judy Family Foundation

Dov and Elma Levy

Mohini Malhotra and Tilman Ehrbeck

Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

Omidyar Network Fund, Inc.

Marla and Peter Schnall

The Kogan Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Morrison & Foerster Foundation

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

World Bank

$5,000 – $9,999


Bernstein Management Corporation

Moyra Byrne

CIBC Private Wealth

Department of Parks & Recreation

Dimick Foundation

Dweck Charitable Fund

Khaled and Laura Farhang

Dan and Jacki Fox

Chris Hanes and Zack Wisniewski

JBG Smith

Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Charitable Trust

Jo and Brian Kmet

Lavin Family Foundation

Kevin and Mora Lavin

Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Isabel Reiff and Lee Pasarew

Ruth Sorenson

Chris Stacey and Sam Stebbins

Standard Title Group, LLC

The Fountain Inn


Leslie Tullio and Micah Dammeyer

Venable Foundation

Saman Zomorodi and Susan Gravatt

$2,500 – $4,999

20 Degrees LLC

Kevin Anderson and Brett Miguel

Carol Apelt and Paul Prokopovich

ArentFox Schiff LLP

Melissa and Jason Burnett

CohnReznick Foundation

Dan Cameron Family Foundation, Inc.

Samantha Dean and Robert Mileff

Charles DeSantis and David McDermott

Ellen Fern and Brett O’Brien

Skila Harris

Ty Hreben and Jay Krich

Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda and Hector Sepulveda

Julie Roberts Home Team, a Long and Foster Real Estate Team

Claude and Nancy Keener Charitable Fund

Andrea Kirstein

Sara and Chris Lange

Jill Lesser and Jonathan Diesenhaus

Eve Auchincloss Lilley

Im and Peter Lynde

Clint Mann and Andrew Doster

Tracy and Jeff Mathews

Teresa Mueller

Michael and Neela Nilsson

Geryl Pearl

Erin and Matt Rizk

Carolyn Roberts and Jim Everett

Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman

Edwin Sequeira

Spa Logic Inc

The Merck Foundation

The Meridian Group

United Bank

Elizabeth and Rick Witter

$1,000 – $2,499


Charo Abrams

Altium Wealth

David Amann

Virginia Q. Anthony

Richard Bernstein and Michael Minnemann

Malcolm J. Bertoni

Maria Borga

Bose Public Affairs Group

George Bren and Denise Schlener

Mark Brennan and Stephen Benedicto

Diane Brenneman

Rhonda Buckley-Bishop and Kelley Bishop

Gregg Busch and Brook Rose

Chengzhong Focus Foundation

Amanda Chulick

Ken Cluskey and Lisa Yuan

Michele de Nevers

Holly and Todd Deckelbaum

Carroll Dey

James DiLaura and Grace Boyle

Mario Garcia Durham and Craig Horness

Jean M. Esswein

Rachel and Joseph Firschein

Amelia Fogarty

Lea and Joe Fox

Zachary and Julie Friedlis

Tom Glass and Phyllis Freedman

Miriam Gonzales and Michael Fitzpatrick

Helene M. Grandvoinnet

Heidi Harper

Meredith and David Haussler

Michael E. Hill and Peter M. Korns

Grace Hong and David Olsen

Interactive Strategies

Brent and Andrea Jackson

Mark Jaskowiak and Georgina Baker

Betsy Jordan

Luis Arriaza-Kibby and William Kibby

Korzeniewski Family Foundation

Barbara Kurzeja

L&B Concepts

D’Ann Lanning

Anne Madison and Dave Heneberry

Jody Manor and Mario Diaz

Nancy and Nicholas McConnell

Kristan McMahon

Cynthia Miller and Matthew Korn

Eric Mitzenmacher and Allison Abayasekara

Margret Nedelkoff

Jana Nelhybel

Dr. Gail Kern Paster

Gil Pierson

Saree Pitt

Rebecca Ravenal and Stephen Costello

Frederick and Molly Rolandi

Barbara Rothkopf

Jaya Saxena and Viyas Sundaram

Parker and Abigail Schaffel


Pilar and Gerry Sequeira

Wendy and Daniel Shenk-Evans

Ian Shuman and Sarah Weiner

Thomas Sietsema and Ed Lichorat

Cynthia Sitcov

Steven Smith

Socialize Event Co.

Vivek Srivastava

Carolyn Sweterlitsch and Bradford Baldwin

Paul Tetreault

Edward and Venus Tuvin

Boxerman Family

Julie and Albert Wood

Melissa Wyers

Catherine Wyler and Richard Rymland

Mary and Michael Young

$500 – $999

7DrumCity The Pocket

Kimberly Adler and Aaron Knight

Marianne Alberti

Ann Barnet

Nancy Berkowitz

Juergen Blum

Joe and Sue Bredekamp

Chubb Charitable Foundation

Jack Davies and Kay Kendall

Jessica Denson

David Diemert

Jeffrey Domber and Betty Bird

Maureen and Chris Dwyer

Stephen Dwyer and Kate Riley

EJF Real Estate

Carole Feld and David C. Levy

Jade Floyd and Charles Small

Jere Ford

Odelia Funke

Marina Galvani

Burton Lee Gerber

Sara and Josh Gibson

Linda and William Goldman

Randi Greenwald and Lowell Turnbull


Sarah Guy

Monica J. Harrington

Kieran Hayes

Tom Helf and Michelle Brafman

Karen and Brendan Herron

Humanity United

Greg and Maia Kats

James K. Kearney and Karla J. Letsche

Nidhi Khattri

Dave Steadman and Daphne Kiplinger

Evelyn and Michael Kitay

David Knasel

Sophia Krentzman and John Gruener

Nandini and Sumir Lal

Barry and Lorraine Leskin

Lydians of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church

John McKinney

Robert and Joanna McNamara

Dorothy and Bill McSweeny

Barbara F. Meeker and Joe Auslander

Jeff Meza and Quique Pajarese

Sam and Tsai Hong Miller

Jennifer Myers

Howard and Dominie Nash

Essence Newhoff and Paul Gardullo

Ellin and Jim Nolan

Bryant and Devon Oskvig

Beth Plunkett

Bridget Pooley

Pamela Prather and Dennis Meyers

Rajendra Bery Memorial Fund

Elaine Reuben

Sam Roberson and Ted Buckley

Sarah Romero and Urnav Desai

Barton and Shereen Rubenstein

Debra and Chris Solomita

Ed and Neesham Spitzberg

Roberta Spitzberg

Jennifer Stevens

Cora and Richard Stewart

Connie and Joe Tasker

The Line Method

Josh Tjaden

Annie Totah

Maura and Jim Vanderzon

Michael Walton and Isabel Guerrero

Stephanie Wang

Philip Ward and Claire Cunningham

Adrianne and Dave Wegner

Sylvia and Sergio Zwi