The ADTA #GivingTuesday Grant is a partnership with the Marian Chace Foundation (501c3). All donations made to our #GivingTuesday initiative are 100% tax deductible and fund programs implemented by our annual grant recipients. Select “#GivingTuesday: Outreach to Marginalized Youth” on the donations page to contribute TODAY!

About #GivingTuesday:

Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Created in 2012 by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back— #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. 35,000+ United States Organizations, 85 countries including small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and major corporations are involved with #GivingTuesday. https://www.givingtuesday.org/

Outreach to Marginalized Youth:


A Grant sponsored in partnership with the Marian Chace Foundation

 About ADTA’s #GivingTuesday Grant Program:

American Dance Therapy Association’s (ADTA) #GivingTuesday mission is to: provide underserved populations with dance/movement therapy (DMT) services, to educate the public about DMT, and to increase job opportunities for members of ADTA. THANK YOU to the on-going support and partnership of the Marian Chace Foundation (MCF), a 501(c)3. Through the support of the MCF, ADTA is able to offer #GivingTuesday Grants to professional dance/movement therapists implementing innovative programs within their communities.

All donations to #GivingTuesday through the MCF are 100% tax deductible.

PLEASE ask your friends and families to donate and support our mission to serve.

The Rationale:

Youth are our future. Their success and well-being is shaped by the opportunities and access they are provided, or not provided, throughout their development. The rationale of the 2018-2019 ADTA #GivingTuesday Project is to address the unmet needs of underserved youth in our communities. This year’s project broadly identifies marginalized youth as: low-income, minority groups, LGBTQ+, youth in foster care, youth with disabilities or specialized needs, and/or young refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of torture, as well as many other classifications and demographics.  The project aims to address the negative impacts on development by working collaboratively with organizational leaders to educate, to advocate for resources, and to implement dance/movement therapy groups within the community. Dance/movement therapy, an intervention that does not rely solely on verbal communication, can offer young individuals experiences that support development, communication, and meaningful relationships. Through the ADTA #GivingTuesday Outreach to Marginalized Youth grant(s) we aim to inspire youth and offer opportunities for them to feel empowered, develop a sense of connection, and gain respect and trust within their communities.

Disclaimer: Funds provided for the ADTA 2018-2019 #GivingTuesday Grant entitled Outreach to Marginalized Youth will address the unique needs of the applicant’s identified population. This year’s grant is not specific to one need or population, so long as project requirements are met through service to youth.

Application Information, Eligibility, and Timeline:

All professional (BC-DMT or R-DMT) or retired ADTA members in good standing may apply for an ADTA #GivingTuesday Grant. Any member of the #GivingTuesday Review Committee is ineligible for application.

ADTA #GivingTuesday Grants will be awarded on an annual basis. The number of grants awarded each year will be determined by the annual donations received through the ADTA’s #GivingTuesday campaign.

Grants will be limited to $1,000.00 each. Grant money will be distributed in three installments: $100.00 upon awarding of the grant, $800.00 upon completion of DMT sessions and receipt of in-service list of attendees, and $100.00 upon completion of Newsletter/Blog writing submission.

Proposed ADTA #GivingTuesday projects include:

  • In-service for service providers to marginalized youth and/or local legislators; minimum 90-minutes in length.
  • (8) DMT sessions with identified youth population, addressing developed goals and objectives; minimum 60-minutes in length each.
  • Newsletter/Blog submission within four weeks of the final session

Accepted #GivingTuesday projects will be completed between January – August 2019. All services need to be completed by no later than August 31, 2019.

Accepted ADTA #GivingTuesday projects will have in-service and follow-up testimonies professionally photographed and/or videotaped by a contractor of ADTA. All photographs and video footage will be property of ADTA.

2018-2019 Grant Timeline:

  • Applications available on ADTA #GivingTuesday website: June 15, 2018
  • Deadline for completed applications: August 24, 2018 midnight EST
  • Grant recipients Welcome Conference Call: September 23, 2018 8-9:00pm EST
  • Grant recipients’ names will be posted on ADTA’s website: September 30, 2018
  • Day of Service at conference: October 11, 2018. [This event is the kickoff of the theme; providing dance/movement therapy services to marginalized youth.]
  • ADTA #GivingTuesday project events provided: January-August 2019
  • Video footage of event obtained by PR Committee: August 31, 2019
  • Grant recipient(s) Wrap-Up Conference Call: September 9, 2019 8-9:00pm EST
  • ADTA #GivingTuesday Project executive summary, participants’ surveys, and writing submission due: September 23, 2019
  • Conference showing of completed video and/or photograph slideshow: October 17-20, 2019, Miami, Florida

Available resources for ADTA #GivingTuesday Grant recipients:

PR Chair will curate a toolkit, including, but not limited to: information sheets, press release template, attendance sheet, and pre- and post- surveys. These resources will be available for ADTA #GivingTuesday projects no later than November 1, 2018.

Grant recipient will work with PR Chair to schedule and coordinate videographer for the in-service session.

All electronic and printed announcements for ADTA #GivingTuesday projects must include the ADTA logo (provided by PR Chair), and state that the project is a partnership with the Marian Chace Foundation.

All letters, press releases, flyers, and promotional materials, both electronic and print, must be pre-approved by the PR Chair (or can be created by PR Chair) prior to distribution.

Government Affairs Chair will work with grant recipients to send invitations to their state and local legislators, inviting legislators and/or staff member to participant in their respective ADTA #GivingTuesday in-service.

Recipient agrees to send thank you letters to special guests that attend their in-service. If no legislative member attends ADTA #GivingTuesday project events, the recipients agree to send dance/movement therapy informational sheets (provided by ADTA) to his/her various legislative members.

The Review Process:

All applications will undergo a Blind Review by a designated Review Committee. A Blind Review consists of the reviewers not having knowledge of the applicants’ name. The ADTA Office will be responsible for de-identifying applications and will hold the applicants’ information until the review process is completed by the committee.

The full content of all applications will remain confidential and only the applicant may choose to share their application details after the award is announced.

Designated #GivingTuesday Review Committee members are not synonymous with the Program Management Committee. Review Committee members may/may not include: active Board of Directors chairperson(s), former grant recipient(s), and/or designee(s) of the ADTA Board of Directors and must be active members of ADTA. Review Committee members are ineligible for application to the #GivingTuesday Grant under review.

 #GivingTuesday Grant Program Management Committee:
Responsible for the implementation, maintenance, growth, fundraising, and continuity of the #GivingTuesday Grant Program. The committee is comprised of current/active members of the ADTA Board of Directors:

ADTA Treasurer

ADTA Public Relations Chair

ADTA Government Affairs Chair