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Our Four Pillars of giving are comprised of the Friends of Dumbarton House Fund, Dumbarton House Fund for the Future, the Museum Alliance Grant Fund, and the Martha L. Walden  Fund for the American Indian Medical Scholarships (AIMS). These funds together represent the four pillars by which our mission is realized through your generous contributions. 

The National Society of Colonial Dames of America is a non-profit under section 501 (c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The NSCDA’s tax identification number is 53-0224364. Your contribution to NSCDA may be tax deductible because you received no goods or services in exchange.

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Friends of Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House, the only property wholly owned by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSDCA), is both home to National Headquarters offices and an accredited historic house museum. Through public tours, exhibitions and programs, the museum promotes the understanding of historic preservation and of the early history of our nation so that the lives and ideals of early Americans inspire current and future generations. Gifts to the Friends of Dumbarton House provide for exhibitions, conservation of the collection, and educational programs.

Dumbarton House Fund for the Future

As our national headquarters, historic Dumbarton House serves our members as an architectural representation of the traditional values and philanthropic mission of the National Society. Its ongoing preservation exemplifies the NSCDA’s longstanding commitment to the highest standards in architectural conservation and collections care. Donors to the Dumbarton House Fund for the Future ensure the survival of our 200-year-old building, gardens, and historic collections for the benefit of generations to come.

American Indian Medical Scholarship Fund

Scholarships fund partial tuition and academic expenses for American Indian students pursuing careers in healthcare for the benefit of their communities.

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Museum Alliance Grant Fund

In 2020, the NSCDA launched The Great American Treasures Museum Alliance to unite Dames-owned and operated historic properties in advancing our long-standing commitment to historic preservation. To date, sixty-four historic properties, museums, and memorials have joined this free program that unites their passion, resources, and reach. Member sites are eligible to receive funding through the NSCDA Museum Alliance Grant Fund. Created through the NSCDA Comprehensive Campaign the Museum Alliance Grant Fund awards annual competitive grants ranging from $2,500-$12,500.

Martha L. Walden Fund for the American Indian Medical Scholarship

The American Indian Medical Scholarship (AIMS) was started by the NSCDA in 1928 to give students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. Intended originally to benefit female nursing students, the program has now expanded to include both male and female students pursuing careers in healthcare for the benefit of their communities. The Martha L. Walden Fund was established to endow the AIMS so that the program continues in perpetuity.

Congressional Seminar Essay Contest

High school students receive sponsorship to attend a week of citizenship education about our national government in our nation’s capital.

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