The DC Preservation League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and depends on your tax-deductible membership fees and contributions to fund our work. Give as generously as you can today!

Ways to support DCPL 

Become a Member

The DC Preservation League is a non-profit, member-supported organization. Membership fees underwrite DCPL’s annual educational programming (walking tours, lectures, and workshops) and  advocacy efforts.  Click here to join DCPL today.

Donate Online

Click here to make a quick and easy, tax-deductible contribution to help preserve and protect DC’s built environment.

Monthly Giving

DCPL offers automatic monthly giving services for all our loyal supporters. Committing to a monthly gift helps provide the sustained resources needed to underwrite DCPL’s work to protect the built environment of Washington, DC.  To join our monthly giving program, visit our donate page or email

Wire your gift to DCPL

You can wire cash directly from your bank account to DCPL’s.   For more information email

Send a Gift from Your Donor Advised Fund

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes.  Local organizations that host such funds include The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and Fidelity Charitable Trust.  To send DCPL a gift from your already-established donor advised fund, please ask that the check be sent to:

DC Preservation League

Attn: Kelli Knox, Director of Development

1221 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 5A

Washington, DC 20036


Unless you wish your gift to be anonymous, please ask that your name and address be included with the award letter to ensure the gift is properly acknowledged.

Make a Gift of Stock or Mutual Funds

Donations of stock, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities to DCPL can offer tax benefits.  When you gift stock or another security you’ve held for a year or more, you can avoid capital gains tax and receive income tax deductions equal to the monetary value of your gift.  Please note that it is DCPL’s policy to sell all donations of stock upon receipt.  To make a gift of stock to DCPL, please send to:

Edward Jones
Attn: Justin Dean
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036
DTC#: 0057
DCPL Account #: 65721560
DCPL Federal Tax ID #: 52-1038849

Because stock transfers do not always include donor information, proper acknowledgement of the gift will be made easier if the donor lets DCPL know the transfer has been made.  Please email to let her know.

Gifts in Honor or in Memory of Someone

You can honor a friend or loved one with a donation to DCPL.  Our staff will send a note to the person you would like to honor — or to their family, if the donation is a memorial.  We will acknowledge that your thoughtful gift will be put to good use helping ensure resources here in the nation’s capital are protected.  To arrange of gift of this kind, please contact Kelli Knox:

Workplace Matching Gifts

You may be able to double or even triple the impact of your donation by making a gift to DCPL through your workplace.  Check with your employer to determine if they offer such a program.  It’s an easy way to maximize your support.  Email with questions.

Gifts of Real Estate or Property

You can support DCPL through a gift of real estate.  Donating a property that you have owned for a minimum of one year entitles you to a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of that property and allows you to avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation.

If you would like to have the tax advantages of a gift but continue to live in your home, a retained life estate is another useful gift vehicle.  By donating a remainder interest in your property, you or a designated individual, can live in your house until death. Upon the death, the ownership of the property would transfer to DCPL

Establish a Legacy Gift for DCPL

Leaving a provision for DCPL in your will or living trust is a thoughtful, visionary way to extend your dedication to preservation in the nation’s capital.  You can leave an asset, set dollar amount or percentage of your estate.  This can help reduce or eliminate taxes which your estate may otherwise owe.

The following is basic sample wording to make a provision for DCPL in your will:

I give and bequeath to the DC Preservation League, 1221 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 5A, Washington DC, 20036 (Federal Tax I.D. #52-1038849) DOLLAR AMOUNT or % OF MY ESTATE to be used for its general purposes.

You can also name DCPL as the beneficiary to an retirement account (IRA, 401(k), 403(b), etc) or a life insurance plan.  To do that, simply contact your plan administrator and s/he can help you fill out the appropriate forms.

DCPL Heritage Society

When you establish a planned gift for DCPL, we encourage you to please let us know by emailing  We will be happy to add your name to our growing list of Heritage Society Members— a special group of individuals who have chosen to make a legacy gift to DCPL to ensure its future strength and viability.