Reasons & Ways to Give
Reasons & Ways to Give
Stepping Stones is grateful to the friends and organizations who contribute to our mission to share and preserve the home, legacy, and archive of Bill and Lois Wilson. Some of the many giving options follow.
Support the “Burning Desire Appeal” – A Special Historic Preservation Project Appeal – Help us reach the $50,000 goal by the end of October 2023 in support of the installation of new heating and air conditioning systems, a backup generator, and related costs for the Wilson home. This important upgrade suggested by our consulting architect and engineer will not only protect the home but also the thousands of artifacts within it. To give: click here to give online or give by phone (call 914-232-4822) or by mail to “The Stepping Stones Foundation” at 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY 10536.
2023 Annual Appeal to Support Operations, Maintenance and Programs – Please consider making a gift to our annual fund drive before the end of 2023 to help us reach our goal. Among the options is to give in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. Our new Adopt an Artifact is a fun new way to give. A tribute gift is a special way to celebrate an occasion or remember someone who was important to your journey. If you make a gift in honor of a friend, let us know how to reach them to inform them about your gift. Every gift of any amount makes a difference! The Stepping Stones Foundation is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization (Federal ID 13-3031164). Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by US law. Click to Give
For general support of programs and events of Stepping Stones click here to give.
Donor Testimonials – Below are testimonials of loyal supporters about why they are committed to supporting our work.
In 2016, we began making a monthly gift to Stepping Stones Foundation to make sure the historic home and archives are available for generations to come. Since then we have watched as critical projects have been completed to ensure the future of Stepping Stones. We wholeheartedly support the good work of the Foundation and hope you will too. – Kurt & Michelle, Sioux Falls, SD
My recovery has changed my life in immeasurable ways, and I’m grateful. I cherish the history of Bill and Lois, their archive, and what the Wilsons did for me and the world. Each year, my husband and I give to Stepping Stones for their continued good stewardship of the historic site and to pay tribute to all that the Wilsons did for us. – Amy T., Washington DC
“Stepping Stones is Hallowed Ground for me. Lois knew we would want to come. Grateful. I Get to give money and time to Stepping Stones. It is a Big Gift in my Service Recovery.” – Linda V., Rhinebeck, NY
This simple, easy-to-budget way to be a consistent, dedicated donor can be set up by credit or debit card via our donation page. Choose from monthly or quarterly gifts of any amount with a recurring plan that you can change at any time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Whether you or a loved one is celebrating an annual milestone in recovery or another special occasion, a donation to to help preserve the home of Bill and Lois Wilson is a meaningful way to share your joy or show gratitude. To mark a special celebration for you, a friend, or family member, please use our donation form and be sure to fill out the tribute options. We can also help you by calling 914-232-4822 or email to email@example.com.
Giving to Stepping Stones is a special way to honor the life, work, and contributions of friends and family. For those in recovery, making a gift in gratitude to someone who has helped them along the way or to congratulate a friend on an anniversary is a kind way of showing how much you care while making an impact here at Stepping Stones.
Create Your Legacy While Preserving the Legacy of Bill & Lois Wilson for the Future
Plan a Gift of Any Amount in a Will, IRA, or Insurance Policy
Your planned gift can be of an unspecified amount and if you would like to inspire others to plan a gift, your name (or the word “Anonymous”) can be listed in on the Legacy Society Wall in the Welcome Center at Stepping Stones. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or call Sally Corbett-Turco at 914-232-4822 extension 11.
We hope you will follow in Bill and Lois’ footsteps by remembering Stepping Stones in your legacy plans.
Keeping it Simple – Easy Ways to Set Up Planned Giving
An easy way to make a planned gift is to include Stepping Stones Foundation as a beneficiary in one of the following:
- Wills or Trusts (“Bequests”) – Gifts of monetary or other assets (stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.). For our guidelines on real estate gifts, please email email@example.com
- Life Insurance Policies
- Retirement Plans (IRA, 401K,403B, etc.)
To include Stepping Stones Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, policy, or other planning documents, please have your lawyer or plan administrator identify Stepping Stones Foundation as follows:
“Stepping Stones Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York, with principal business address of P.O. Box 452, Bedford Hills, NY, 10507, and Federal Tax I.D. number 13-3031164.”
Stepping Stones Foundation does not have a monetary or one-time limit to planned gifts.
For gifts through policies (life insurance, investment funds, etc.) or other planning documents some donors choose to contact their plan administrator to reflect their wishes (percentages or amounts and our name, ID and address) in the plan documents.
Options that May Be Beneficial
Your financial, tax, and legal consultants can explore more planned giving options with you, including those listed below. Depending on circumstances, some planned giving options may have financial advantages and some could potentially lower current or future tax burdens. Because Stepping Stones cannot give financial, tax, or legal advice, please consult your financial planner, tax accountant, estate planner or lawyer. Do not hesitate to contact us for our donor guidelines for these special options.
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Deferred Gift Annuities
- Charitable Lead Trusts
- Donor Advised Funds (DAF)
- Testamentary Gifts
- Retained Life Estate Deed
Please let us know if you have questions by contacting Executive Director Sally Corbett-Turco by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 914.232.4822, extension 11.
Our current wish list follows. We invite your support for these needed items:
- Annual Coffee Sponsor - Bring joy to our visitors by providing the crowd's favorite beverage - coffee! - $1200/year or one month for $100
- Office & Archive Furniture - $20,000 or one station for $4,000
- Laptop & Software - Help us make presentations at events and more! - $2500
Make a contribution toward these items by clicking DONATE above and notify us in the comment section about how you would like to direct your gift to a wish list item. Check back for more wish list items.
Wish List Sponsors
Have your name here or be anonymous!
Plan an event or turn an event into a supportive one for Stepping Stones. Examples of how you can host and event in support of the historic home and archives follow:
- Facebook fundraiser for your birthday
- Party at your home or in your backyard with presentation from Stepping Stones
- Virtual presentation by our historians for your friends
- Host an event with friends such as a concert, comedy night, movie screening, or play presentation (see our events page for our play script program for amateurs)
These are just a few ideas. We can help you with additional suggestions by emailing email@example.com
For information on transferring real estate, stocks and other property, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidelines.
Stepping Stones welcomes our friends to share their talents or donate materials.
Operating Stepping Stones requires a range of materials and supplies. For a list of everything from office supplies to visitor supplies, please email email@example.com.
Some of the professional services that are among those you can share with us follow:
- Newsletter Design
- Public Relations
- Social Media
- Audio / Video Recording & Editing
- Writing, Editing, Proofreading
- Carpentry (licensed and insured)
- Plumbing (licensed and insured)
- Masonry (licensed and insured)
- Gardening and Landscaping
- Tree services
These are just a few of the options. Please feel free to let us know how you can help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and if you want to include your resume you are welcome to.
Adopt an Artifact – Protect the History You Love
Sponsor one or more of the many artifacts in the collection of Stepping Stones and support the preservation and operations of the authentic landmark home. For details on this fun way to give, click here.