Other Ways to Support
Stepping Stones is a non-profit United Way Partner agency that delivers life-changing services for adults and children with disabilities. We offer year-round programs at four campuses in and near Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1963, Stepping Stones has been helping people with disabilities find pathways to independence that will improve their lives and enable them to be fully participating members of their communities.
Here are some ways to help support Stepping Stones:
The Annual Giving Fund is established to help Stepping Stones meet the increasing and changing needs of the extraordinary people we serve. Stepping Stones depends on fundraising grants and gifts to the Annual Giving Fund to balance the budget.
The Annual Giving Fund donations are used for a variety of important programs:
- Camperships to Summer Camp
- Adult Day Services
- Weekend Respites
- Saturday Kids Club
- Saturday Young Adult Club
The Endowment Fund is established for restricted gifts for the long-term support of the objectives and mission of Stepping Stones. The Fund is a separate and identifiable fund of cash, securities and other assets that are held as restricted funds within the general assets of Stepping Stones.
Endowment gifts are often in the form of cash or securities but also may include gifts of real estate, appreciated property and planned giving options. Endowment gifts can be paid over a period of years and may be designated for specific named funds and scholarships.
A great way to increase your donation to Stepping Stones is through your employer. Many companies offer a matching gift program to their employees, directors, employees’ spouses or retirees as an added benefit. With these programs, a company will match an employee’s gift to charitable and educational organizations.Contact your Human Resources office to see if your company has a matching gifts program that can be used to match your contribution to Stepping Stones.
Memorials and Tributes
Gifts made in memory of or in honor of a loved one are used to support the objectives and mission of Stepping Stones unless otherwise specified for a specific program or purpose. These gifts can be used to recognize a birthday, graduation, or anniversary. These gifts are recognized in the Stepping Stones annual report.
Partnership with CFL Pizza, LLC
Stepping Stones is the exclusive charity partner of CFL Pizza, LLC – the Greater Cincinnati Pizza Hut franchisee. In the spring, 31 local Pizza Hut stores invite guests to make a donation to support Stepping Stones during an eight-week fundraising campaign. The 2017 campaign will run from March 29 through May 29, 2017. Think of Pizza Hut when planning your pizza parties and make a donation to support Stepping Stones! To learn more and see a list of participating stores, click here.
Planned gifts can be made in many ways including bequests by will, gift of life insurance, charitable trusts, gift annuities, and gifts of appreciated assets such as real estate and securities, for example. To learn more about Planned Giving opportunities at Stepping Stones, click here.
To those friends who wish to help assure the continuation and growth of Stepping Stones by mentioning Stepping Stones in your will, the following general form is suggested: “I give, devise, and bequeath unto Stepping Stones, Inc. Fed ID # 31-0671799, an Ohio nonprofit organization located at 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243, the sum of $________,” or “ _______ percent of my net estate,” or “the following stocks or bonds:___________ to be used for the Stepping Stones mission.”
Shop Kroger and Amazon Smile
Turn your routine Kroger and Amazon shopping into a donation to Stepping Stones by registering in the Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smile programs. A percentage of your shopping will be donated back to Stepping Stones’ year-round programs for people with disabilities. Enroll quickly and online, here.
One great way to support Stepping Stones is to host a third-party fundraising event. A third-party fundraising event is when a business, organization, community group, school or other individual hosts an event or program that benefits Stepping Stones’ programs for people with disabilities. Learn more about hosting an event for Stepping Stones, here.
We Help Others
When you donate any unwanted furniture, electronics or other items to We Help Others, they do the heavy lifting for you by picking up and selling the item – donating the proceeds back to Stepping Stones. This is a great way to make a non-cash sellable donation without having to worry about arranging for delivery and the re-sale of items on your own. Learn more We Help Others and how they’ll turn your items into a donation to Stepping Stones, here.
If you would like additional information on making a gift to Stepping Stones, please contact us online or call the Director of Development Kelly Crow at (513) 965-5148.