Who We Are
The mission of the Capital City Clauses is to enrich children’s lives with hope, cheer and joy. Capital City Clauses, Inc. is a federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation comprised entirely of volunteers.
It is our goal to be the sprinkles in children’s lives on Christmas morning through our flagship toy giving and throughout the year through various toy gifting opportunities as well as special projects.
As many non-profit organizations work tirelessly to provide the basic needs and wants of the less fortunate in our area, it is the Clauses’ goal to not be the ice cream, nor the hot fudge, nor the cherry on top. Instead, we want to be their sprinkles.
What started as a whim to bring charitable giving to a friend group, has since become a multi-decade long venture of giving for the Raleigh area. The original Jingle Ball was established in 1993 by a group of young professionals looking for a way to connect with both the holiday season and their community.
Spearheaded by recent Charlotte transplant Stephen Bryant, the inaugural Jingle Ball was hosted in-kind by N.C. Museum of History. Stephen based the event model from Second String Santa, a Charlotte based charity that benefited Social Services in a similar way. Instead, Stephen partnered with the Salvation Army of Wake County’s Christmas Cheer program establishing a delivery mechanism for their donations.
The first Jingle Ball was a huge success with both the Museum of History and Salvation Army eager to continue the partnership. And with that, the Capital City Clauses were founded as a legal 501(3)c non-profit organization of volunteers.
More than 25 years later, the Capital City Clauses continue to host Jingle Ball at the N.C. Museum of Natural Science and have grown their partnerships with local businesses such as Rocky Top Catering, R. H. Barringer, and more to ensure as much donation goes towards toys.