Interning in Dar es ...

In May, Sarah Schaet (this month’s TheDonatingDrummer $100 recipient), will be leaving Tallahassee for two months while she volunteers as a medical intern at a regional hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The internship is through a program called Projects Abroad, which places interns...

Relaunching in 3 . ....

The first year of The Donating Drummer project was a . . . um . . . blast! We raised funds for the ASPCA … helped launch a website … paid off a student loan … put on a pizza party for homeless families (and drummed with the kids!) … gave someone sailing lessons …...

Tips for Tots

Drink ’em up! And don’t forget to tip your bartender . . . Especially if that bartender is my friend, Rob the Bartender (a.k.a. RobDrinkenstein)! For 14 years now, Rob has run an awesome philanthropic program, Tips for Tots, around the holidays, to give toys, food and clothing to...

It’s a bird . ...

So, it’s confession time . . . I’ve always wanted to be Batman. And by “I’ve always wanted to be,” I mean, um, I still do. Maybe that explains the move toward having a closet filled with nothing but black shirts and blue jeans. Seems like a very Bruce Wayne thing...

Talking Without Word...

Oh, now this one is right up my alley! After ten months of supporting various projects here at TheDonatingDrummer, we, for the first time, have one that involves . . . drums!! I just got off the phone with Rachel Smith in Austin, Texas, who is excited to purchase frame drums to use with...

A Penny For Your Tho...

Feelings = Art = Coffee?! If a complete stranger walked up and handed you a pencil and paper, would you be willing to take a few minutes and oblige him by drawing some vaguely artistic representation of how you happen to be feeling at that very moment? Well, if you happen to be tooling...

The Usual Suspects

Was it Professor Plum, with a dagger in the study? Or perhaps Miss Scarlett, with a revolver in the dining room . . . That’s right- you know what I’m talkin’ about. It’s time to play Clue! Emilie’s League A recent transplant to Portland from Canada, Emilie...

A Work In Progress

July’s $120 recipient: Jess Chen. Her goal: empowering the storytellers and artists of the 22nd century. Supporting gig: with John Denver tribute artist, Ted Vigil- Longview, WA. Filmmaker, artist, spoken word poet. I am super excited to introduce the incredible Jess Chen, who I had the...

Six Months and Saili...

I get to set the rules around here, right? Click below to choose your answer to that question . . . Well, since the responses to that bogus survey were a unanimous “YES” (how long did you sit there, trying to punch one of those buttons?), we’re blowing all said rules out of...

Dance, dance, dance ...

In the words of the almighty Bee Gees . . . “. . . you should be dancin’, yeah!” And that’s exactly what Christina’s daughters will be doing a month from now, in their annual dance recital. Providing children with performance opportunities in any of the arts is...

May 2011 – $10...

Today’s post is actually 3-in-1. We’ll . . . . . . get this month’s process rolling; . . . wrapup our latest project; and . . . get an update on February’s. 6 months! Wow, it’s month six here at TheDonatingDrummer, and things are moving right along. I’ve...

YCAPizza YCAParty!!

When Lindsay, the Client Services Department Supervisor at Yamhill Community Action Partnership, sent me her awesome submission, I knew instantly that I had to support her idea. YCAP manages three shelters for homeless families in Yamhill County, Oregon. Helping them get their lives back on...

April 2011 – $...

Getting things rolling a few days later than usual this month. Talk about busy . . . in addition to teaching my regular roster of private lesson students, last week consisted of the Amaloboozi fundraiser for my upcoming trip to Uganda, a West African percussion presentation at Willamette...

March 2011 Donation ...

There’s nothing quite like finally getting out from underneath a large financial obligation. One you’ve been paying on for years. Month after month, that debt lingers overhead, seemingly impossible to escape. But escaping is exactly what this month’s TheDonatingDrummer...

Passport to Imbibe, ...

Thank you, thank you, to all of the awesome submissions this month! I wanted take a few moments to give you a quick update and bring you up to speed on the projects TheDonatingDrummer has been able to support so far. We got things rolling in December, helping Chase Night (of Austin, TX) raise...

March 2011 – $...

The past month has been a lot of fun here at TheDonatingDrummer. I have gotten so many great emails, calls and social media messages about the project- it’s great to feel so supported! I’m still awaiting the final word about the car project we funded last month. But here it is,...

On The Road Again

Last month I mentioned one of the most rewarding parts of this project so far. This month I realized something that’s going to be one of the most difficult parts . . . deciding which submissions to support. I received some really good ones this month and hope that: a) nobody gets too...

February 2011 –...

Welcome to TheDonatingDrummer . . . month #3! If you’re new here, check out the Start Here and FAQ pages before continuing on. If you already know how this works, and are all set to submit your awesome idea, get over to the Apply page fast! The Gig There’s another $100 up for grabs! The...

January 2011 Donatio...

Closing the books on the second month of TheDonatingDrummer, it’s very cool to see support for the project steadily increasing! People have been kind and helpful on Twitter, we’ve reached 149 “likes” on our Facebook page, and I was able to help get yet another...

Launching the ‘...

“In a nutshell, I don’t believe in changing the world, but in inspiring the world to change itself.” These words are from January’s $100 winner, Tessa Zeng. A 20-year old from Providence, Rhode Island, Tessa is so passionate about the big vision she’s working...

January 2011 –...

Happy New Year! And welcome to month #2 here at TheDonatingDrummer! If you’re new to this site, you may want to first check out the Start Here and FAQ pages before continuing on. If you already totally know how it works, and are chompin’ at the bit to submit your idea, get on over...

December 2010 Donati...

Wow, we’ve made it through Month #1 here at TheDonatingDrummer! Since things launched at the beginning of December, I’ve gotten a ton of support, terrific feedback and more traffic than I’d expected. As will be the case each month, this [third] post is a wrap-up of how...

Introducing Milo and...

We have a winner! Just a quick post to announce that Chase Night (yes, that badass name is for real) of Austin, TX, is TheDonatingDrummer’s first ever recipient! Chase found his current cat, Milo, abandoned in an ashtray three years ago. Chase started down the road of becoming a...

December 2010 –...

Welcome to the official launch of TheDonatingDrummer! Let’s get right down to it. Just in case you aren’t already familiar with what this site’s all about, here’s the rundown . . . Starting right now, I will be donating all or part of my earnings from one gig each...

Two Weeks ‘Til...

December’s almost here. That’s means that it’s time to get TheDonatingDrummer up and rockin’! On the 1st of the month, I will be posting the dollar amount that will available for our inaugural ‘grant,’ as well as a bit of information about the gig I will be...

Woohoo . . . kickoff...

We’re having a bit of a kickoff party here at TheDonatingDrummer! Things are just getting underway, so the site is still undergoing a bit of construction. The plan is to launch on December 1st, so surf around and check things out! A few favors to ask, if you don’t mind . . . #1:...