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Like most direct service nonprofits, DCCK receives charitable contributions through individual donations, private foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, and signature events and fundraisers. We are a proud member of the United Way of the National Capital Area, an entity that provides another critical stream of income. All told, these different revenue streams generate more than $4 million dollars for DCCK and its programs each year.
That’s a lot of money, and we’re sincerely grateful to the thousands of individuals across the country who make essential contributions to our programs and mission. But these gifts are not our only, or even largest, source of income! For the past several years, we’ve generated approximately half of our annual budget through social enterprise.
And in 2011, thanks to the growth of our school food and catering contracts, we actually earned 55% of our total budget – some $5.5 million. Our revenue-generating activities aren’t meant to pad our financial bottom line. Instead, they allow us to create good jobs, amplify the impact of our donors’ dollars, and be decisive in directing our own resources when new needs and opportunities arise.
From writing a tax-deductible check over the holidays, to buying tickets to Capital Food Fight, to ordering boxed lunches for your next company meeting from Fresh Start Catering, there are many ways to support DC Central Kitchen; and we use each of these contributions responsibly and effectively in service of our programs and our clients.