By:  Jeffrey D. Stauffer, Executive Director – Elville Center for the Creative Arts, Inc.


Do you have an instrument taking up space in a closet or attic not being used anymore?  Perhaps your son or daughter has moved on to other activities and their instrument could use a good home!

As the fall semester in schools is underway, the Elville Center has developed many new school partnerships that have many, many needs for instruments for students that want to participate in band or orchestra but don’t have the means to do so on their own.  And, that’s where the Elville Center and you come in.

The Elville Center for the Creative Arts depends on people like you to donate musical instruments we then refurbish so they’re like new before we get them in the hands of student musicians in music programs we support in local schools.  We also fund other educational initiatives in schools as well as in organizations such as the Columbia Orchestra and The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, to name just a couple.  Virtually all instruments are gladly accepted – clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, violins, bassoons, flutes, guitars, cellos, baritones – and everything in between (no pianos or recorders, though – sorry!)

The Elville Center is a small charity and we work hard to make a difference in the communities we serve.  Typically, an instrument can cost  anywhere between $75 and $200 to refurbish.  And, as a small charity, we ask anyone looking to donate an instrument to consider making a monetary donation of $50 or more to help with the cost to refurbish the instrument and/or purchase necessary items such as a new case, new mouthpieces, reeds and other supplies.  If this is something you’re willing and able to do, it would be most appreciated and make a tremendous difference; however, if it is not, you’re still welcome to donate the instrument and it will find a good home with one

of our school music partners.

If you’re willing and able to donate, you can do so by visiting here —

which is the donation page on our website.


The one instrument we are not accepting at this time are pianos, and this is for many reasons.  To learn how you can donate your piano, please view our suggestions on our website here.

Lastly, if you’d like the Elville Center to furnish a tax receipt for your instrument and/or monetary

donation, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit we’re very happy to do so.  The two pieces of


information we need to furnish this receipt are your full name and home address (to be used solely for this letter).

You’re welcome to drop off the instrument at our office, which is located within the office of Elville and Associates, P.C., an estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning firm based in Columbia.  The charity was founded by the firm’s Managing Principal and Lead Attorney, Stephen Elville.  I, Executive Director Jeffrey Stauffer, also work for the firm as its Community Relations Director.

To donate or for more information, please contact me at, or at 443-676-9691.  You can also fill out a contact form on our website home page by clicking here.

Thank you again for your interest in the Elville Center for the Creative Arts and have a wonderful day!  We value your support!


With appreciation,


Jeffrey D. Stauffer

Executive Director

Elville Center for the Creative Arts, Inc.

7100 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 190 Columbia, Maryland 21046

P:  443-393-7696 (Main)