Figure skating is among the most expensive sports to pursue, and the financial pressure on families and skating programs is often extreme.
You can help by making a gift to the Capitol Skating Fund (CSF).
The Capitol Skating Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible in the United States to the full extent of the law. The Capitol Skating Fund is managed entirely by volunteers and 100% of your gifts go to deserving programs and skaters.
Your gift may be:
available to support any of the programs and/or skaters that are recipients of CSF Grants.
designated for a particular skater or program, recognizing that the final decision regarding allotment of resources remains with the Capitol Skating Fund. The Board of Directors has formed a Designated Grants Committee (DGC) that will review the application of any skater or program that has been named as the recommended designated recipient of a gift to the Capitol Skating Fund (CSF). After this review the DGC will recommend to the Board that the skater or program be declared eligible to receive support from a Designated Grant.
Any individual or group that has received support from a designated donation is welcome to subsequently apply to the CSF for an unrestricted grant.
Lydia Paley Hume Memorial Fund
In order to honor Lydia’s lifetime of achievements, the Capitol Skating Fund has established the Lydia Paley Hume Memorial Fund dedicated to nurturing synchronized skating in the Washington DC Region.
The fund commenced with $25,000 from the Board of Directors of the Capitol Skating Fund. The CSF will accept donations specifically designated for the Lydia Paley Hume Memorial Fund, and for a period of five years from inception (Feb of 2015), the CSF will match any donations so designated.
Lydia, a Capitol Skating Fund Board member and Northern Virginia figure skating coach, was passionate about all aspects of the sport of figure skating. Lydia herself was an accomplished figure skater as well as a beloved coach to hundreds of children and adults alike, and a highly skilled, willing colleague in her countless pursuits. Aside from her skating interests, Lydia was a college-educated anthropologist and Smithsonian museum professional. While stationed overseas for many years she connected with a vast skating community, befriending judges, coaches and skaters, and coaching in areas ranging from Romania and Austria to Dubai, and reporting for international publications. Lydia hosted foreign skaters at the 2003 World Championships—astonishing them with her encyclopedic knowledge of their past programs, costumes and music. At that same competition in Washington, DC, Lydia, as Chair of the World Hall of Fame, engineered the first ever on-ice World Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and continued to manage that ritual globally for the next five years.
By her own admission, Lydia’s most rewarding activity was coaching synchronized skating. Embracing young and old, Lydia worked her magic with fullest compassion for her charges.