Support Key to Change

Inspire Underserved Youth in South King County

Last school year Key to Change grew to serve 50 percent more students than our previous year. That number continues to grow with the addition of our new weekly group lesson taught by collaborative pianist Joseph Williams. By offering affordable violin and viola instruction to underserved students in South King County, we are creating lasting change in our community.

When you make a donation to Key to Change you are making an investment in a middle or high school violin or viola student who may not have access to lessons without your support. With gifts from individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors students continue to receive the world-class music instruction they deserve.

Read our Case for Support here.

WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?

All levels of support are appreciated and help us to provide this vital community resource. Donations provide scholarships to students in South King County who require financial assistance. Here is the impact you can make on the life of a young violinist or violist in our community. 

$25 can provide two 30 minute group lessons for one student.

$50 can provide two 60 minute group lessons for one student.

$100 can provide four 30 minute group lessons for one student.

$200 can provide ten 30 minute group lessons for one student.

$400 can provide one trimester of 30 minute group lessons for one student.

$800 can provide one trimester of 60 minute group lessons for one student, or one trimester of 30 minute group lessons for two students.

$1200 can provide one trimester of weekly 60 minute private lessons for one student.

$2500 can provide one trimester of weekly 30 minute group lessons for six students or one year of weekly 60 minute lessons for one student.

“My daughter and I used to think of playing the violin as a nice little dream for her, and now it has become a very reachable goal thanks to Key to Change. We are fortunate to have such a skilled violin teacher in South King County and hope others can benefit from Dr. Morris’s passion for teaching violin.”

– Alma Uffenorde, Key to Change Parent 

WAYS TO GIVE

Individual donations as well as grants and sponsorships from foundations, government agencies, and corporations are essential sources of support for Key to Change. If you’d like to support Key to Change with a donation, there are several options:

Donate or make a pledge online.
Call or email. If you prefer to make a gift over the phone or have any questions, please contact Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder, (425) 243-3597 or qmorris@keytochangestudio.org.

Mail your gift.
All gifts sent by mail should be made payable to Key to Change. Please send your check or money order to:

The Key to Change
P.O. Box 16787
Seattle, WA 98116-0787

Double Your Contribution
If you work for an employer with a Matching Gift Program, you may be able to double your gift to Key to Change. Check our list of matching institutions and contact your employer for a matching form.

Corporate Sponsorships
We are very grateful for the organizations that participate in the funding of our general operations, specific projects, special campaigns, and events. If you are interested in corporate sponsorship, please contact Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder, (425) 243-3597 or qmorris@keytochangestudio.org.

Give a Gift of Stock
Contributions of stock provide valuable support to Key to Change and can also provide significant tax benefits to the donor.

The value of your transfer of stock is calculated as the average between the high and low quotes on the day your stocks leave your control. For example, on July 1, when you mail a stock certificate for one hundred shares to Key to Change (or the day your broker transfers the stock into the Key to Change investment account), the high is $24 and the low is $20. At the average price of $22 per share, your gift is worth $2,200.

If you have owned your stock for at least one year (appreciated stock), you will receive a tax deduction for the full value of its appreciated value at the time of your donation. A transfer of appreciated stock avoids paying capital gains tax and you do not pay commissions for selling the stock. (Brokerage fees are paid out of your donation, however.) These advantages make it possible to give larger gifts than if you give only donations of cash.

To make a contribution of stock, please contact Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder, (425) 243-3597 or qmorris@keytochangestudio.org

Planned Giving
Planned gifts supports a cause that is important to you and provides a critical service to the community. When including Key to Change in your estate plans you are making a lasting impact on Key to Change and the community we serve.

For more information or to schedule a time to meet, please contact Dr. Quinton Morris, Executive Director & Founder, (425) 243-3597 or qmorris@keytochangestudio.org.

The Key to Change is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our EIN is 47-4809104.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We are incredibly thankful for the businesses and sponsors who have supported us in our mission of inspiring youth through music and education, including:

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Quinton Morris, Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music, Seattle University
  • Micaela Pearson, Consultant
  • Susan Smith Leland, Asst. Superintendent of Finance & Support Services (retired), Renton School District
  • Matthew Byers, Director of Enterprise Communications, Seattle University
    • Ain Powell, Supervisor-Data Partner, Starbucks Coffee Company
    • Michael Schmidt, Food Scientist, SōRSE Technology
    • Viesta Morris, Retired
        • Kymani Thomas, Consultant, Lenati
        • Alex Diaz, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Webflow

        Advisory Board

        • Bernard Ablola, Founder, Think Strategy
        • Brenda Barnes, CEO of Classical King FM
        • Chris Tugwell, CEO, Be Well Consulting
        • Stephanie Ellis-Smith, CEO Phila Giving
        • Vivian Phillips, Arts Consultant
        • Marcie Maxwell, Community Leader
        • Peter Drury, Chief Strategy Officer, Wellspring Family Services