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Make a Tax Deductible Donation to BACDS


Help support our mission to promote, preserve, perform, and teach traditional American and English music and dance. Your donation to BACDS is even more important during the current pandemic when all our in-person events are canceled.

To maximize the value of your donation, we encourage you to mail a paper check (remember those?) to the address below, or use the PayPal “Send to Friends & Family” option to send to and send from either your PayPal balance or your linked bank account. You can donate using a credit or debit card either with or without a PayPal account, but a service charge is deducted from all card payments, as well as all payments using the “Donate!” button, so you'll be giving money to PayPal and less to BACDS.

The Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS) is an IRS-authorized 501(c)3 educational organization, so your donation to us is tax-deductible (see your tax consultant for details).

BACDS has perhaps the largest, most far-reaching, most eventful, and most varied schedule of activities of any similar organization in the country. We are best known for our regularly scheduled afternoon/evening contra and English country dances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and for our several weekend and week-long dance camps. But BACDS does more to support the folk dance and music tradition that isn't so visible.

In recent years, BACDS has:

  • Presented each year over 200 regular evening dances, English and contra dance balls and workshops, and many residential and non-residential camps and weekends.
  • Funded over $30,000 in scholarships for young dancers and musicians to attend weekend events and camps
  • Conducted classes for beginning, intermediate, and expert level traditional English and American dancers
  • Created special workshops and dance events in collaboration with neighboring dance organizations
  • Imported dance teachers and musicians from the East Coast, the Deep South, Canada, and England
  • Provided growth opportunities for musicians, callers, teachers, and choreographers through open band sessions, woodshed evenings, and open mike events

Because BACDS is an IRS-authorized 501(c)3 organization, your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed. More importantly, your donation helps BACDS perform its mission. Any amount is welcome, and gratefully received.

All donations over $25 will receive a written receipt from the BACDS Treasurer. Donations by check can be made out to BACDS and mailed to:

PO Box 6147
Albany, CA 94706

Or you can donate securely via PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account if you are using a credit card).

Our tax ID number is 94-2576366. We were incorporated in California in July 1982.

Click on the image at right for the IRS authorization letter.

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