Support Key to Change

Your tax-deductible donation will help us accomplish our mission to:






Lasting Change



Access to Competitive Music Instruction

Slide Alia & Alma key to change studio cropped Alma Uffenorde, Mother of Recent Student "I have observed a unique sense of community and peer support amongst the students that I have not seen in other settings. The instructors and guest master musicians are relatable role models for the students and show them that their goals are achievable." Slide Maddie Cole keyo to change studio cropped Madison Cole, Current Key to Change Student "Key to Change has helped me grow as a musician and has helped build my character and confidence. I have learned the importance of hard work and good communication skills." Slide Richie Doan key to change studio cropped Richie Doan, 2021 Key to Change Alum "Key to Change has helped develop me into the person I am today and has prepared me with the skills I need to step into my college education with confidence. I have been pushed to become a better learner, peer and leader." Slide Viesta Morris cropped Viesta Morris, Board Member "I have witnessed Quinton's method of teaching and the "aha" moments of inspiration on students' faces. Observing their musical progress and personal confidence they gain over the years is a testament to the mission of Key to Change." Slide Ellie key to change studio cropped Ellie Whitby, Current Key to Change Student "Taking lessons has helped me develop a good work ethic and has provided me with a great sense of community and friendship over the past three years. As a result, I am more confident and outgoing."

Our Story

Key to Change was founded in 2017 with the purpose of giving back to the community, inspiring the next generation of young violinists, and building a richer, more diverse cultural landscape in South King County. Key to Change founder, Dr. Quinton Morris, is a Renton native and 1996 graduate of Renton High School. Growing up in a single-parent household, and as the only African-American student in his high school orchestra, Quinton has experienced firsthand the financial and cultural barriers that many students in South King County face when studying classical music.

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. Students are also provided with opportunities beyond music instruction that specifically address their development as self-aware leaders. We offer masterclasses, performance opportunities, mentorship, and scholarships (both merit based and need based) during a student’s term at Key to Change as well as after graduation.

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Invest In Our Youth

Your tax deductible contribution will help remove the barrier to entry for underserved students and students of color so that all youth in our community can have equal opportunity to receive world-class music instruction. 

To see the impact of your generous contributions, please read our 2020 Year End Review.

Key to Change is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our EIN is 47-4809104.

Other Ways to Give

If you are interested in our matching gift program, corporate sponsorship, giving a gift of stock or including Key to Change in your estate plans, please click below for more information. 

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.

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

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.

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 questions regarding donations of any kind, please contact us at

Key to Change is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our EIN is 47-4809104.

Checks can be made payable to:

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

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.

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