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The 2013 SEEC Auction was a huge success!
Thanks to a tireless group of parent volunteers the 2013 SEEC Auction was a fabulous success. Great music, fabulous food and lots of amazing items made for a fun filled evening! We want to thank all of our generous donors for their gifts to the auction including behind-the-scenes Smithsonian tours and experiences along with selections from D.C. area hotels, restaurants and businesses and various fun finds. All ticket and auction sales provided critical support for the SEEC scholarship fund.
For more information or to see the fun please go to our auction website at:
Ways to Give
SEEC engages in a variety of other development activities aimed at strengthening the program through corporate, foundation, and individual giving. The funds help enrich the museum-based curriculum and program, increase staff salaries and benefits, build the scholarship endowment, and provide additional income for educational outreach and special projects.
Annual Giving/Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
Unrestricted funds from individual donors are raised primarily through the yearly Annual Giving campaign, which seeks support from our community of parents, alumni families, teachers and staff, grandparents, and other supporters, and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Since 1989, SEEC has participated in CFC, which allows Smithsonian employees and workers from other Federal agencies to make contributions to SEEC through payroll deduction. To date, over $200,000 has been donated to SEEC from the Combined Federal Campaign.
SEEC's CFC # is 28194.
Please inform SEEC of your contribution to the Combined Federal Campaign by completing the gift/pledge form.
A gift through planned giving can help SEEC to insure our future and the future of children at the Smithsonian. To discuss setting up a planned gift please contact Kimberlee Kiehl, Executive Director at 202-633-1394 or KiehlK@si.edu.
In kind donations
SEEC is pleased to take all types of in-kind donations of materials. Please contact the Executive Director, Kimberlee Kiehl at KiehlK@si.edu to discuss your gift!
Donate to the Scholarship Fund
SEEC conducts various fundraising activities each year to garner financial support for the scholarship program. The annual SEEC Benefit Auction is the primary fundraiser and largest single source of income for scholarships. First held in 1994, the Auction now attracts close to 400 guests and raises approximately $30,000 each year. In-kind donations of goods and services from Smithsonian museums and offices, as well as sponsorship from corporations, minimize costs, which ultimately leads to an increase in funds for the scholarship program.
Other fundraising initiatives are being developed in order to increase general scholarship funds and SEEC’s endowment. This endowment, established in 2001 by Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small with the transfer of $100,000 in Trust funds to SEEC, provides tuition assistance for children of Smithsonian employees who hold positions no higher than the GS grade 8 level or equivalent.
To discuss a contribution to the scholarship fund please contact SEEC’s Executive Director, Kimberlee Kiehl at 202-633-1394 or KiehlK@si.edu.
Retail Loyalty Programs
You can donate to SEEC every time you shop online! Simply go to iGive.com and sign up. Choose SEEC as your site and tehn download the iGive button to your computer. Every time you shop online at a participating store the iGive button will pop up and a percentage of your purchase will come back to SEEC. It's easy and really makes a difference for SEEC!
You can also help SEEC by enrolling your loyalty and credit cards at your grocery store! Giant, Superfresh and Safeway loyalty-card programs all raise money and products for SEEC. There is no cost to register your card to benefit SEEC. Registration must be repeated each fall.
Enroll in Giant's Bonuscard in under a minute. Go to Giant’s A+ BONUSBUCKS program web site to register: https://www.giantfood.com/bonuscard_aplus_pin.cfm
You enter a) your last name's first 3 digits, b) your 12-digit Bonuscard number (on the card's back) with no spaces, then c) SEEC's school ID =04349. You may register friends, extended family, and other supporters to designate SEEC for support, in addition to other schools.
Print out a form, fill it out, and bring it into the store.
Register and renew your card at:
To designate SEEC, enter the zip code 20013, write out SEEC, or use our Group ID = 148861823)
The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center seeks financial support for the scholarship program, as well as for educational outreach activities and special projects, through grant proposals to foundations and corporations. Grants to SEEC support a range of initiatives, including scholarships for professional training for Washington area teachers serving low-income families. Corporate gifts go to underwrite the work being done by SEEC and the outreach efforts to share this work.
To make a contribution to SEEC, please print this form and mail with your check to:
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center National Museum of Natural History Room CE-G50, MRC 184 P.O. Box 37012 Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Pick a Project
SEEC is currently trying to renovate our playgrounds to become natural play spaces. Any donations of natural materials, pressure treated lumber, old tires and anything else that might be turned into fun on the playgrounds is most welcome! Please contact Kim Kiehl at 202-633-1394.