your Support can take many forms

Your financial support will help ensure that Washington English Center can provide immigrants with the education and support they need to build a better future for themselves and their families.  Financial gifts are used to pay for classroom and administration space, general operations, community services outreach campaigns, workforce services, costs for our small contingent of staff, and educational resources such as:

  • Teacher training and materials
  • Student textbooks and/or eBooks

  • Computer lab technology

  • Tuition assistance for those unable to pay

Cash donations of any amount are appreciated, and they can be made by check or using our secure online donation service Financial support can also take the form of:
Sustaining Donations

Give a gift that keeps on giving:  establish a recurring automatic donation to WEC through our secure online donation service.

Employer Gift Matching

You can double the value of your gifts if your employer will  match your charitable donations. Speak with your employer community relations team to obtain donation match guidance.

Support WEC when you shop on Amazon!

Enhance your Amazon shopping account to include AmazonSmile and a portion of the purchase price of your purchases will be donated to Washington English Center.

Securities Gift Transfers

A gift of appreciated value stocks, bonds or mutual funds can offer tax-savings benefits (a gift transfer of securities to a non-profit does not incur the capital gains tax of an asset sale).

Life Insurance Policy Value Gifts

Insurance policies originally created to protect minor children who are now grown may have a significant cash value which can make a valuable charitable gift.

Retirement Plan distributions

Making a Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA to WEC can count toward your required minimum distribution and reduce distribution income taxes.

Washington English Center Legacy Society

Planned giving is relatively easy to establish - and to change should you ever need the assets during your lifetime, or if your gift-giving goals change.  By establishing WEC as a recipient through a bequest in your estate plan you become a member of our Legacy Society - a distinguished community of like-minded philanthropists.​​

Giving Spotlight

Joan's grandfather was an immigrant whose schooling ended when he arrived in the U.S. and went to work at age 14. Although he achieved success in business, he keenly felt the lack of formal education, and he passed on to his heirs an abiding commitment to helping others climb the educational ladder.

Joan has encouraged her children to give back in support of education as well.  She, her two children, and her sister all donate to Washington English Center in different ways. Joan and her sister donated appreciated shares of stock to WEC.  Joan's son doubled the value of his gift through his company's matching gift program. Her daughter contributed to Giving Tuesday.  Joan is also a member of the  WEC Legacy Societyproviding for WEC in her Will.


Washington English Center leadership works diligently to assure financial support is directed toward our mission of providing excellent and affordable English classes and workforce programs to adult immigrants.  Your support enables our volunteer teachers, coaches and tutors to provide high-quality education and employment services to our students.

Our success has been noted:  Washington English Center has once again been  designated a featured nonprofit in the Greater Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy. Our organization was first selected for the Catalogue’s roster in the 2005-2006 cycle, and we are proud that we continue to meet the Catalogue’s high standards.

Barbara Harman, Founder and President of the Catalogue, says, “People want to know where to give and they need trusted information. Based on our in-depth review, we believe that Washington English Center is one of the best community based nonprofits in the region.”


If you would like to discuss a potential special gift in more detail, please contact our Executive Director, John Odenwelder, (202) 387-2412.

Washington English Center is recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).  Our Tax Identification Number is:  EIN 52-2106206