Community. Tradition. Celebration!

aka Washington Revels   |   Glen Echo, MD   |
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EIN: 52-2296036


To create Community through Celebration! Washington Revels uses performance, education, and community engagement to revive, sustain, expand, and celebrate cultural traditions -- in music, dance, storytelling, and drama -- that bind people together in spirit and joy. We strive to illustrate the world's common humanity, connecting all people in a community that stretches across ethnic, cultural, and religious divisions, and through time.

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Executive Director

Tamara Williams

Main address

PO Box 665

Glen Echo, MD 20812 USA

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Formerly known as

The Washington Revels



Subject area info

Folk arts

Cultural awareness

Performing arts


Population served info

Children and youth



Multiracial people

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

County / Street / Civic / Multi-Arts Fairs and Festivals (N52)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The principal internal and external barriers to carrying out our work have been and are (1) understaffing and turnover of entry-level staff; (2) data management; and (3) the general need for greater earned and/or contributed income both to help rectify the problems of understaffing and turnover and to enable us to put future plans into action.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Christmas Revels

Our largest production, The Christmas Revels, is a big, festive, fully staged celebration of the Winter Solstice
in music, dance and drama that is seen by over 10,000 people every December. Produced annually since 1983, Christmas Revels focuses on a different culture and time period every year. The scripts for Christmas Revels productions are extensively researched and reflect artful collections of music, dance, games, and stories. The resulting productions are dynamic and educational without being explicitly pedagogical cultures while also providing an experience of connection to those cultures. Additionally, the first show every year is our Outreach Performance; a free, invitation-only event for low-income families and individuals. Washington Revels has worked with over 40 organizations to bring the magic of live theatrical performances to community members who might otherwise be unable to attend.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Washington Revels performs two annual May Revels. One during the annual Carousel Opening at Glen Echo Park and the other at the National Cathedral's Flower Market.

Population(s) Served

Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble is committed to the preservation of African - American history and traditions- presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a cappella music, drama and dance. Inaugurated in 2010, the group now performs regularly at heritage sites throughout the Washington DC, area singing, sharing, and learning the stories of the people of those communities.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people

Washington Revels Maritime Voices celebrates the sea and in the inland waterways of America - the men who worked the great sailing ships, the women who sustained the shore-side communities, and the men and women who lived and worked on the canals, lakes and rivers. Formed in 2008, this group performs lively songs, instrumental music, dances, folk dramas, and other traditions of the 19th Century.

Population(s) Served

Washington Revels Gallery Voices was formed in 2002 by Elizabeth Fulford and performs at outdoor festivals, on several area concert series and at special events. This select group of vocalists have appeared at the U.S. National Arboretum and have appeared at the Sidney Harman Center for the Arts, Glen Echo, Washington National Ball, and Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Cathedral.

Population(s) Served

Drawing from members of Jubilee Voices, Gallery Voices, and the larger Washington Revels Community, Washington Revels Heritage Voices is a multicultural ensemble dedicated to the preservation of American music through live performance in historical venues. Voices specializes in all forms of traditional American music, popular song, patriotic music, parlor music, work songs, spirituals, shape note tunes, and other traditional music.

Population(s) Served

In honor of Juneteenth, Washington Revels (WR), in partnership with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture (GEPPAC), have created an annual festival called Diverse Voices: A Juneteenth Celebration, the DMV’s first regional week-long festival. Consisting of daily in person and virtual events, this week of events provides inclusive and uplifting to celebrate this new but momentous holiday

Its aim is to use the arts as a catalyst for acknowledging the past and embracing a new future for Glen Echo Park and Washington Revels. We believe artistic expression is a tool of healing and connection and we hope to deepen the public’s understanding of Juneteenth, the fight for freedom during the Civil Rights Movement (including community efforts in Montgomery County to end the segregation of Glen Echo Park), and the continuing struggle for freedom and equality for all.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid admissions

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

This number is a combination of both our main ticketed event, Christmas Revels (4614) and a Pub Sing (100). All other events are free.

Number of paid registrants to classes

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The pandemic forced us to suspend our Revels Kids performing arts educational program. A major goal of Washington Revels is to re-develop this program.

Total number of free admissions

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This number is estimated using performer feedback to track audience attendance.

Total number of performances

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This is for FY22 which runs from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our top goals are (1) to resurrect our Revels Kids youth arts education program, (2) update our IT infrastructure (equipment, software, and hardware) to adjust to post-pandemic impacts such as a deeper reliance on virtual and online programming; (3) to expand our funding sources to include more corporate sponsorships of our year round activities (Christmas Revels, Ensemble performances, May Revels, and Juneteenth Festival); (4) increase the range of foundations we receive grant funding from; and deepen our DEI activities to best embrace the beautiful and diverse community we serve from board to volunteers to audience members.

We are in process of developing a new longterm strategic plan. However, since 1983, Washington Revels kept its mission's core values:

Our Mission: To create Community through Celebration! Washington Revels uses performance, education, and community engagement to revive, sustain, expand, and celebrate cultural traditions — in music, dance, storytelling, and drama — that bind people together in spirit and joy. We strive to illustrate the world’s common humanity, connecting all people in a community that stretches across ethnic, cultural, and religious divisions, and through time.

Our Signature Characteristics
Musical, theatrical, educational
Exploring folk traditions and cultures
Participatory and engaging
Diverse and inclusive
Marking and celebrating the seasons and the cycle of life
Volunteer-based, professionally led

We have started a special campaign, the Greg & Susan Lewis Legacy Fund that is dedicated to the longterm resilience of Washington Revels.

We are in process of developing a new longterm strategic plan. However, we have partnered with over a dozen organizations to produce the greater Washington DC metro area's first regional Juneteenth celebration with events across the region. We've broaden the diversity of our board of directors and are continuing our 40-year tradition of presenting our annual Christmas Revels with as broad a cast of volunteers and crew as possible.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 FY22 990 2022 Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Statement
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 42.88 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of WASHINGTON REVELS INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $38,133 -$15,369 -$93,087 $22,644 $315,456
As % of expenses 5.1% -2.0% -12.0% 4.6% 62.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $32,525 -$21,322 -$99,265 $16,546 $310,311
As % of expenses 4.3% -2.7% -12.7% 3.3% 60.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $765,821 $792,039 $610,165 $686,977 $691,415
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.2% 3.4% -23.0% 12.6% 0.6%
Program services revenue 53.6% 50.7% 58.0% 13.6% 23.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.2% 0.5% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 6.4% 11.2% 11.0% 45.2% 41.6%
All other grants and contributions 36.7% 35.4% 28.7% 40.8% 34.6%
Other revenue 3.3% 2.5% 1.8% 0.5% 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $751,827 $781,979 $777,497 $488,073 $505,359
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.1% 4.0% -0.6% -37.2% 3.5%
Personnel 32.6% 35.7% 35.9% 46.1% 31.4%
Professional fees 2.8% 2.9% 3.6% 5.4% 5.6%
Occupancy 11.6% 13.8% 13.6% 9.4% 3.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 53.0% 47.6% 46.8% 39.1% 59.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $757,435 $787,932 $783,675 $494,171 $510,504
One month of savings $62,652 $65,165 $64,791 $40,673 $42,113
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $149,397
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $820,087 $853,097 $848,466 $534,844 $702,014

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.4 4.4 5.0 10.4 13.1
Months of cash and investments 5.4 4.4 5.0 10.4 13.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.2 4.7 3.6 6.2 13.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $340,282 $288,494 $324,769 $422,435 $553,668
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $40,955 $94,231 $6,398 $162,227 $51,185
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $80,484 $59,005 $59,005 $59,005 $59,005
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 60.2% 47.4% 57.9% 68.2% 76.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.0% 1.4% 31.5% 27.6% 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $355,586 $334,264 $234,999 $251,545 $561,856
Temporarily restricted net assets $73,379 $99,255 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $73,379 $99,255 $24,476 $201,130 $71,629
Total net assets $428,965 $433,519 $259,475 $452,675 $633,485

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Tamara Williams

Tamara C. Williams is a nonprofit founder, arts administrator, and veteran of the United States Air Force with a very personal mission: To always be in service to others in a way that uplifts. This mission is why she founded Music Beyond Measure (MBM) in 2013, to help trauma survivors use songwriting and performance to tell their stories. Prior to MBM, Ms. Williams volunteered with domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in the greater St. Louis area, serving as an advocate for the prevention of violence against women since 2005. With an educational background in Music (B.A. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 2009) and Jazz Studies (Masters, Michigan State University 2011), Ms. Williams has worked with numerous arts organizations (Jazz House Kids, Thurnauer School of Music) and universities (MSU Community Music School-Detroit, William Paterson University) to teach, manage, and facilitate arts programming in Michigan, NJ, NY, and now the DMV area. In 2012, Ms. Williams

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Joan Burns

Retired Nonprofit Executive

Term: 2024 - 2018

Jane Bloodworth

Board Treasure, Communications Consultant

Aryn Geier

Secretary, ESL Teacher

Meredith Cabe


Claudia Dulmage

Retired Attorney, DOJ

William Conways

General Counsel & CCO

Jessica DePrest

Senior Moving Image Cataloger

Jessica Estepa

Senior Campaign Editor

John Michael Platt

Gallery Staff Associate

Cynthia Keith

Executive Director

Margaret “Peggy” Walker

Coordinator, Art Education Program; and Associate Clinical Professor, Art Education

Kayla Knapp

Clinical Nurse and Adjunct Faculty, College of Public Health

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/23/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.