For Immediate Release
Dance Kids, Inc. has Reached the GuideStar Exchange Level as a
Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency
Carmel, California – Dance Kids, Inc. has received the GuideStar Exchange, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Dance Kids, Inc.’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Executive Director, Alan Richmond. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.
“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Alan Richmond. “We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”
About the GuideStar Exchange
The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.
“DANCE KIDS OF MONTEREY COUNTY WAS CREATED TO PROVIDE ONGOING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES IN DANCE AND THEATER ARTS TO THE YOUTH OF MONTEREY COUNTY. OUR MISSION IS TO STRENGTHEN CHARACTER AND POSITIVELY INFLUENCE CHILDREN’S LIVES THROUGH THE PERFORMING ARTS.”
Dance Kids of Monterey County, founded in 1993, is a non-profit group with the objective of bringing the art of the dance and theater experience to all youngsters in Monterey County. Under the direction of founder and Artistic Director, Carol Benton Richmond, Dance Kids now sponsors a summer theater arts camp, an annual performance of The Nutcracker at Carmel’s Sunset Cultural Center and a spring musical revue, plus varied outreach programs. Performances are given in various schools, retirements communities, among other county locations to better expand the goal of reaching all children. New programs designed for our multi-cultural communities are being developed.
Each event brings between 50 and 160 youngsters, ages 4 to 20, into the world of drama, musical comedy, ballet, contemporary dance and backstage production. This experience gives each child a creative thinking opportunity that will only enhance future endeavors. Thousands more are able to experience the programs as members of the audience.
In addition, Dance Kids, through its fund-raising efforts, offers tuition and dancewear funding for students who might not otherwise be able to afford classes or be part of the various productions. Free tickets are available to groups dealing with at-risk children, senior citizens and physically challenged adults.
Dance Kids of Monterey County is also the home of the Carmel Repertory Ballet Company, a group of pre-professional dancers- ages 9 – 18 providing quality ballet performances for the community.
Guided by a voluntary board of directors and advisory committee, Dance Kids’ Artistic Director, Carol Richmond, brings twenty-five years of experience to the organization.
Alan Richmond, Executive Director
Dance Kids, Inc.
P.O. Box 6225
Carmel CA 93921
This article was written by Carol Richmond