December 17, 2020
Light, Hope & Joy: A Holiday Concert
As a proud partner of Wunderbar Together, WACA is pleased to share this special invitation from the German Embassy and Washington Performing Arts to a free virtual holiday concert.

The event will premiere on Facebook on Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 PM ET and remain available online until December 31.

The concert will feature the internationally renowned Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the United States Air Force Band, and the String Queens, a dynamic trio that is praised for its authentic, soulful, orchestral sound. This year in celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday, his Ode to Joy, as well as other treasured holiday music, will bring the joy and spirit into your homes.

German Ambassador Emily Haber will welcome you to the presentation with a message for the holidays.

The German Embassy encourages you to grab a cup of something warm and join for this special event. Go directly to the German Embassy’s Facebook Page when the event goes live!

With the rollout of the first coronavirus vaccines bringing hope to a world desperately in need of it, the World Affairs Councils of America yearns for the time when we can reconnect in person with friends like you. Your warmth and engagement have inspired and sustained us over this past, most difficult year.

WACA pivoted to virtual platforms to bring you our annual National Conference, our first ever CEO Forum, our new Embassy Row Live! ambassador series, and more. We are excited to host students from across America for a virtual Academic WorldQuest national competition this spring.

Now, with just two weeks left in 2020, I am reaching out for help with our year-end fundraising campaign. Will you join us?

Thanks to WACA Chairman Glenn Creamer and Board Director Carlos Alvarez, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. A donation to WACA does more than strengthen the reach, depth, and educational value of World Affairs Council programs and activities - it fosters the fact-based, civil discourse that is the lifeblood of our democracy.

This holiday season, I hope you will support the WACA community by doubling the impact of your contribution. Your gift will enable WACA to pursue its core mission together with our 90 nonpartisan member Councils by convening diverse voices and continuing to expand engagement in world affairs in 2021.

Thank you for your generosity and for believing in the importance of our work!

On behalf of the entire WACA Board and Staff, I wish you and yours peace and good health.

With gratitude,
Bill Clifford,
WACA President and CEO
The World Affairs Councils of America is an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the public and leading global voices to better understand the world, America’s international role, and the policy choices that impact our daily lives and our future.

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With the passing of the CARES Act, most individual taxpayers will become eligible for significant tax benefits for charitable contributions made this year. Two of these benefits will be:

  • A $300 Above-the-Line Charitable deduction, meaning that individuals who do not itemize their deductions will be eligible to claim up to $300 of charitable deductions in 2020, on top of the standard deduction
  • Modified Limitations on Cash Charitable Contributions - for 2020, the 60% AGI limitation on cash contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations, such as WACA, is suspended.

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