Make the World a Better Place

The beauty of jazz is that everyone’s voice counts. Sometimes you stand out, and sometimes you help the person next to you say something great. When everyone does his or her part – when everything clicks – all is right with the world.

You can play your part now. You can help everything click. You can help make the world a better place.

What can we accomplish together?

  •  Exceptional and affordable year-round jazz education for hundreds of young people
  •  Over $80,000 in scholarships for those who need it the most
  • A summer festival of performances featuring stars you want to see
  • Much-needed employment for Bay Area jazz performers and teachers

Check out what we did together in 2016-17. With your help, we can soar even higher. Make a gift of $100 or more and enjoy membership benefits that give you an insider’s look at the power of jazz, SJW-style.

Stanford Jazz Workshop is neither legally or financially affiliated with Stanford University. We are an independent nonprofit, and we rely on contributions of all sizes. Our federal tax number is 94-3074721. Your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by law. View our privacy policy.

Donate by mail

Make your check payable to Stanford Jazz Workshop and send to P.O. Box 20454, Stanford, CA 94309.

Donate by phone

Contact Mark Hernandez, Development Director, at 650-736-0324, x310.

Donate stock or securities

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Contact: Victoria Perez,
Account Name: Stanford Jazz Workshop (Tax ID# 94-3074721)
Account Number: 1178-7267
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Include donor’s name and address, name of securities, number of shares transferred, and program area, if any, to which gift should be directed

To donate stock, endorse the original certificates to “Stanford Jazz Workshop.” Sign your name exactly as it appears on the certificates. Mail or deliver the certificates to: Stanford Jazz Workshop, P.O. Box 20454, Stanford, CA 94309. The value of a stock gift is the average of the high and low trading values on the date of transfer. The date of transfer is the date on which the shares reach SJW’s account when transferred electronically or the postmark date when sent by mail. For more information, contact Mark Hernandez, Development Director, at 650-736-0324, x310 or

Matching gifts

Many employers offer a matching gift program, doubling or even tripling contributions made by their employees, employees’ family members, retired employees, and board members. Contact your Human Resources department for more information.

Legacy giving

Like any good jazz arrangement, legacy giving enables everyone to soar: you and your loved ones may enjoy tax or income advantages while the students, teachers, and performers of Stanford Jazz Workshop receive critical support. Here are two things you can do today:

  • If you are at least 701⁄2 years old, make a qualified charitable distribution from your tax-deferred IRA. By transferring funds directly from your IRA to Stanford Jazz Workshop, you can satisfy required minimum distributions for the year and enjoy advantages compared to taking a taxable distribution and then contributing the proceeds.
  • Name Stanford Jazz Workshop as a beneficiary in your will, trust, life insurance policy, retirement account, or other estate plan. Let us know about your plans by completing and returning our simple, non-binding agreement.

Another way to help us now and in the years to come is to contribute to our Endowment Fund. Your gift, subject to certain minimums and conditions, will be invested, and the annual return will fund key programs.

The Jim Nadel Society honors people who have included Stanford Jazz Workshop in legacy giving plans, or who have contributed to our Endowment Fund.

Consult with your financial advisor. For more information, contact Mark Hernandez at

In-kind donations

To donate goods or services, contact Mark Hernandez, Development Director, at 650-736-0324, x310 or

In their own words

SJW an excellent atmosphere where the kids could interact with the professionals.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

We were the very fortunate recipients of generous financial aid, without which our son could not have attended. This was the first time he went to a music camp, and we are all so happy he did. Thank you!

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

Best experience imaginable. It far exceeded our expectations. Our daughter can’t wait for next year.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

Thank you for offering this program, and helping my daughter grow in her confidence and her music abilities.

Stanford Jazz ParentJazz Camp

First thing he said when he got home was he wants to go back next summer and he wish he could go for two weeks next year.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

SJW is an amazing and one-of-a-kind program.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

SJW has inspired our girls to pursue their music through jazz bands, orchestra, pep bands, chamber groups, and musical theater. Thank you so much.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

After the second day of camp, my daughter said ‘It’s getting easier.’ She described how jazz is different from classical music and how much she enjoys playing jazz with a group. And, of course, the concert on the final day was amazing!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

My daughter said all the teachers are amazing, super supportive of students learning jazz for the first time.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

She said it was awesome that the teachers appreciated how courageous the students were to try jazz for the first time.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

The entire experience was wonderful! She had a great time learning music and making new friends. Thank you!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

I wish it was longer than one week. I’d have my son in for the whole summer if possible!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Day Camp

Every time my son finished his rehearsal, he would tell me all about it with excitement.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

I was impressed with everything from the communication, the level of professionalism, the enthusiasm, the ratio of coaches to students, the quality of the instruction, and that the students had fun and grew as musicians.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

My daughter said she would never forget the performance. (Nor will I.)

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

I also loved the performance — the kids sounded terrific and they all looked intensely excited to be part of it.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

At the end of each class, he was always upbeat and excited about all that he learned. And he said that the teachers were so nice and supportive, and that everyone just wanted to him to succeed.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

The staff made all that hard work exciting and fun for the kids. I saw the last ten minutes of a couple of sessions and loved the energy, passion, and enthusiasm.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

The staff had high standards for the kids, but did not make it grim. It was obvious that everyone was having fun. And, they sounded amazing!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

Giant Steps had a profound impact on my daughter. It changed the way she saw herself.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

She went in as a trumpet player in her middle school band and came out thinking of herself as a nascent jazz musician. Her playing and musicianship improved tremendously. Her love of playing jazz trumpet also grew.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

Those 10 weeks stretched him as a musician and gave him a huge boost in confidence. He is now a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High, and he and a bunch of his friends in Intermediate Jazz Band have set up their own quintet and are working together on music selection, arrangement, rehearsals etc.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Bg Band

It surpassed our expectations in all respects. Thank you!

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

Giant Steps was a life-changing experience for my daughter. It empowered her and showed her what was possible if she challenged herself and continued to play jazz trumpet.

Stanford Jazz parentGiant Steps Big Band

My favorite thing? Direct one-on-one teaching, exactly where I need to be taught and challenged in my artistic endeavors.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

It’s an amazing opportunity to study from the greats, in a place where inspiration and electricity abound.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

The total-immersion program of playing, listening, and learning has inspired me to continue making my own music until I can return to SJW next year.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Institute

I had no idea about the level of inspiration I would get, or the number of things it is now clear I need to work on.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Insititute

This week has been an incredible learning opportunity for me as a student, and I can’t wait to apply all that I’ve learned here in my outside musical career. The level of skill and growth I attained this week is priceless. I love the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Kendra K.

My highlight was seeing my shy daughter perform her first public jazz solo and do an amazing job.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

While here, my knowledge of theory, technique and musicianship improved immensely. I never thought I could learn what I did or do what I have achieved.

Zakiya M.

What makes the SJW community so special is that it creates an environment in which artists can readily share music and educational ideas with each other, with students, and with concert audiences. This interaction between people of different generations and backgrounds is so much of what jazz has always been about.

Regina Carterjazz violinist & MacArthur Fellow

I wish the SJW Jazz Camp was longer than one week. I’d have my son in for the whole summer if possible!

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

All week I was able to interact with some of my greatest musical heroes and learn from their expertise. The master classes with Jason Moran, Joshua Redman, Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard changed the way I think about the music.

Jazz Institute participant

Simply put, Stanford Jazz Workshop changed my life that first summer.

Jaz Sawyerdrummer& jazz educator

When we picked our son up, he said ‘I was among giants’ and was very excited by the professional level of the musicians he met during the week.

Stanford Jazz parentJazz Camp

You’ve got 200 eager kids there, and you’ve got your friends there who are also musicians. Every single year the Stanford Jazz Festival date is my favorite gig.

Taylor Eigstipianist & SJW Advisory Board Member