Charitable Works

with National Capital Pond

Charity Beneficiaries

  • Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club
  • Children’s National
  • D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation
  • Johns Hopkins Pediatric Burn Center
  • Maryland Food Bank
  • Second Chance

2016-2017 Charity Report

The National Capital Pond is the legend of the geese. We take team work and make DREAM WORK!

The Ponds, each in its own way, provide needed support for a variety of charities. Some spread donations over several charities. We help those in need.

The National Capital Pond donated $19,155 to 6 different charities last year and has donated over $100,000 to charity in the last 10 years.

The Legend of the Geese is a clever piece of written work which takes characteristics of migrating geese and applies it to human behavior and teamwork!


When you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what was discovered about why they fly that way.

FACT: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follows. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

People who share a common direction and sense a community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

FACT: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position. It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership.

As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

FACT: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement is the quality of honking we seek.

FACT: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong. If we follow the example of the geese, we will stand by each other through difficulties and challenges.

So it seems Teamwork really does make the dream work!

Thank you letters from our contributions

Lessons from the Geese, was written in 1972 by Dr. Robert McNeish of Baltimore. Dr. McNeish, was a science teacher before he became involved in school administration, had been intrigued with observing geese for years and first wrote the piece for a sermon he delivered in his church! From opening the eyes and broadening the horizons of young people his teachings then opened the eyes of the world to effective teamwork!