Mark Chalfant: Real talk about 2020 for WIT

I’ve got to admit, 2020 wasn’t the easiest year to be running a performing arts nonprofit. But even though we haven’t been able to meet in person, you’ve come through for us this year—you’ve showed that WIT is vital to DC, especially in a year that has brought unprecedented stress for so many. Thank you for your support!

WIT is a bright spot for so many people and a lifeline to those feeling isolated and hopeless. As we are physically separated, we’ve worked to find new ways to bring people together thanks to your support.

Unfortunately, 2020 has been the toughest year ever for WIT financially. Normally, in-person classes, trainings, and shows account for about 75% of our revenue. This year, with those programs drastically reduced, we’re relying on donations for 75% of our income.

As we close the door on 2020, we’re thrilled to share that WIT supporters Sean Ellis and Melanie Harker, along with members of our board of directors, will be matching donations made in December up to $10,000!

Can you make a gift today to help us reach our goal by Dec. 31?

I’m so proud of WIT’s staff who have been able to make this unfortunate situation into an opportunity. We’ve been able to spark joy and connections throughout DC and all over the country (and even other countries). Our online Improv for All workshops and creative shows like POTUS Among Us have brought old friends and new faces into our community. And there are more innovative online offerings on the way.

Please give as you’re able to ensure that WIT can continue this work in 2021. Your support will bring joy to people across DC (and now, beyond).


December 3, 2020