About the foundation

The Durham Medical Orchestra Foundation was incorporated in the state of North Carolina in 2016 as a non-profit public corporation with a charitable and educational purpose. The mission of the Foundation is to promote music as a healing art and to support musical activities for and by health professionals, their family members, and affiliated persons in Durham, North Carolina and in nearby communities. The Foundation has selected the Durham Medical Orchestra (DMO), as a group that is closely aligned with its mission and values. Accordingly, the Foundation works closely with DMO leadership to raise funds, provide grants to, and/or make purchases that benefit the DMO. The Foundation also provides financial services for the DMO, including processing of donations.

All contributions designated for the Durham Medical Orchestra (DMO) are submitted to the Foundation, which will deposit the funds and provide the donor with a receipt.  These contributions will be used to support the activities of the DMO through either direct purchases or grants. One hundred percent of funds granted by the Foundation to the DMO must be used to support DMO activities. The Foundation does not pay “indirect costs” or “facility and administration fees” and such costs or fees may NOT be charged to the DMO based on the grant funds awarded.

The Foundation welcomes your financial contributions in support of the Durham Medical Orchestra (donation form in PDF format). The Foundation has been classified as a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c)(3). The Internal Revenue Service has determined that donors can deduct contributions to the Foundation under IRC Section 170. The Foundation may also receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under IRC Sections 2055, 2106, or 2522. Please consult with your tax advisor for specific questions regarding the tax deductibility of your contribution.

If you have any questions about the relationship between the Durham Medical Orchestra Foundation and the DMO, please contact the Foundation by email.

You may also reach the Durham Medical Orchestra Foundation by mail at:
4021 Carver St
Durham, NC 27705

Durham Medical Orchestra Foundation Board

Chair: Elizabeth Holomon, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Rex Hospital
Executive Director/Treasurer: Dr. Laura Hale, Prof. of Pathology, Duke University
Vice Chair: Dr. Marisa D’Silva Whitesell, Assistant Prof., General Internal Medicine, Duke Health,
and Durham VA PRIME Clinic.
Secretary: Yvonne Acker, RN, BSN, Mortality Review Coordinator, Duke Health System
Director: Dr. Bruce Klitzman, Associate Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, Duke
Director: Dr. Nicholas Bandarenko, Pathologist, Duke Health
Director: Bobbie Hardaker, Teacher and Administrator, Durham Academy (retired)
Director: Kathy Silbiger, Duke University Arts Administrator and Instructor (retired)
Director: Lindsay Lambe, Duke Clinical Research Administrator (retired)
Director: Dr. Sarah Ringel, Family Practice, Duke Primary Care, Hillsborough, NC
Director: Cathy Leathers, Registered Nurse, Duke University Hospital
Director: Susan Kundert, Church Music Director (retired)