Support Stepping Stones - Historic Home of Bill & Lois Wilson

Opportunities to Help Preserve and Share the Home and Archives of the Wilsons in N.Y. 

Give to Support the

"Sunlight of the Spirit" Spring/Summer 2021 Appeal

for Preservation of Historic Outdoor Features at Stepping Stones Historic Site

Announced 3/25/2021 

We invite you to give to this special appeal online, by phone (914-232-4822), or by mail to "Stepping Stones Foundation" at 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY, 10536, for these special projects:

Installing an outdoor feature with bricks salvaged from 17 William Street, Newark, New Jersey, which is where Bill W. wrote much of Alcoholics Anonymous ("Big Book")

Restoring the Historic Outdoor Fireplace "Stonehenge"

Restoring the Historic Fountain / Goldfish Pond

Repair / Resurface Garden Paths

And related or other outdoor projects


The Stepping Stones Foundation, Inc. is a registered non-profit in New York State and is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Private Operating Foundation) with Federal Identification Number 13-3031164. Contributions to The Stepping Stones Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent provided by U.S. law. The Stepping Stones Foundation does not have a contribution limit. Contributions must be dated and postmarked by December 31 of a given year to be considered contributions for that year. Please contact your accounting, tax, or financial professional for information about rules concerning deductions.

In addition to special project's such as the Sunlight of the Spirit outdoor features project described above, gifts are welcomed toward general purposes to assist with ongoing maintenance, programs, and operations of the historic site. As stewards of the 100,000 archived items, 10,000 objects, and 6 structures on 8.17 acres of gardens and grounds left in our care by Lois Wilson, we are grateful to our supporters. Please join us on the journey. Together we can preserve the site, archives, and legacy of the Wilsons while fostering public understanding alcoholism and inspiring recovery.

Ways to Give (Scroll down for "Ways to Serve")

When giving, please let us know if your gift is from you or an organization and whether you would like to be anonymous in the donor listing in our newsletter. Also, please include any tribute information related listing preferences.  

Give Online, By Mail, or By Phone


Click here complete the form and then pay securely by credit or debit card. There is no need to have a PayPal account because you can contribute as a "Guest on PayPal" or use a PayPal account. Use Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover card. 

By Mail

Mail contribution checks or money orders made out to "The Stepping Stones Foundation" to "Stepping Stones Foundation, 66 Oak Road, Katonah, N.Y. 10536" and include any special acknowledgement or newsletter listing information (space-permitting, typically donors with annual giving of  at least $26 are listed by name or anonymous). If you would like to include a pledge/gift for to provide more details about your gift, click here.

If you prefer to mail to the P.O. Box, send to: The Stepping Stones Foundation, P.O. Box 452, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

By Phone

Call (914) 232-4822 Mon.-Fri. between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time or leave a message.

Other Ways to Contribute - Monthly, Legacy, & More

Email us at or call us at (914) 232-4822 about the following:

  • Recurring Monthly Giving
  • Gifts of Stock, Property, or other Assets
  • Planned Giving, Bequests, Trusts, and Charitable Annuities Such as Gifts Made Through Wills and Estates
  • Employer Matching Programs
  • Hosting Supportive Events Online or In Your Hometown
  • Donations of products or services

Make a Donation as a Holiday Gift - For that friend who loves the 12-Step fellowships, their history, and Stepping Stones, a nice holiday gift is to honor them with a contribution in their honor. Gifts over $25 and their honorees are listed in our spring/summer newsletters when specified. 

Show Gratitude, Honor or Remember Someone Special or an Anniversary/Birthday with a Donation -To give in honor or memory of an individual or group, please indicate on the donation form (online or printed form) the name of the person or group and whether they should be listed anonymously in publications. If you would like a gift announcement to be sent to the honoree or their family, please provide their contact information.

Donor Acknowledgements - Space permitting, typically those who give  $26 or more are recognized within the annual newsletter, so please provide your listing preferences with your gift. If you would like your donation to be listed as from "Anonymous" rather than by your name, please make a note of that when completing the online or printed donation form or provide instructions.

Preserve and maintain! Stepping Stones relies on the participation of its community to fulfill Lois' wishes and preserve this resource forever. Individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations show their support for keeping this historic treasure alive, by becoming friends of Stepping Stones with a financial gift or a regular pledge of support. Become a friend by contributing any amount, whether it be $20, $50, $250, $1,000, or more, to the Stepping Stones Foundation. 

Serve as a Remote or On Site Volunteer

Stepping Stones encourages your involvement in service both here on site and in your community. 

Some volunteer roles can be done remotely from home via the internet. From one's own home town the types of opportunities include helping raise awareness, social media outreach, helping to index our archive, graphic and web design, writing, editing, and more. If you have a skill that you would like to share with Stepping Stones, please send an email to and let us know how you can help. Feel free to include bio, CV, or resume or a link to your company if you would like. 

To be considered for a role as an outreach Ambassador or to serve on a Committee, Advisory Council, or Board of Trustees, please email with your bio, CV, or resume and feel free to also include a confidential summary of your interest, including your interest in 12-Step history and fellowships. 

Some of the on-site opportunities are: giving tours, gardening, helping to host events, carrying out light maintenance, helping with office and clerical work, assisting with tech support, and more. To volunteer, email your contact information, availability, and interests to

Host an awareness-raising event online or in your area!

If you and your friends would like to organize and hold an event online or in your hometown area for Stepping Stones such as a presentation by a Foundation representative about Bill and Lois; a dinner, breakfast or luncheon; or an entertainment event (movie, comedy, or dance), please email with your contact information and event ideas, including our special presentation called "Stepping Stones Comes to You." It is a 1-2 hour presentation with images from our archives and it can be presented at most any gathering. See our Events page for "Home with History" online presentations that can be booked for a group. 

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