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Ways to Give
All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax ID: 47-1641692.
Thanks to your support, over 300 students from low-income Brookline families are personally supported at every step, from 4th grade through college, on their pathway to success. Over 95% of our Steps students graduate from college - five times the national average for low-income students! Your generosity makes this all possible.
Multiply Your Impact
Automatic Donations. Whether it's household bills, subscriptions to the gym, or Netflix, many already have automatic payments set up for convenience. Consider adding Steps to Success to your monthly recurring payments and give financially with convenience in mind. Click here (and make sure to check the box next to "Show my support by making this a recurring donation").
Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) grants. Make a powerful statement in support of Steps students by recommending a DAF grant. For your convenience, we have linked DAF Direct here.
Matching Gifts. Many employers match donations from current or even retired employees. Contact your human resources department for details.
Join the Steps Educational Equity Society. Enjoy special invitation-only gatherings, custom communications, and recognition as part of this network of leading Steps supporters. For details, click here or email Executive Director Juan Cantu here.
Donations of Appreciated Stock. Appreciated stock donations can be nearly 40% more tax-efficient than cash, and are fully deductible if you’ve owned the stock for more than a year. Steps receives the full value of your donation - and YOU avoid capital gains taxes. Email Tom McGrath to initiate your stock donation by clicking here.
Cryptocurrency Contributions. Donating crypto is the ultimate win-win for you and Steps to Success. If you have held the asset for more than a year, then it is fully tax-deductible. Crypto gifts also avoid capital gains taxes, paving the way for Steps to receive the full value of your contribution. To donate your cryptocurrency to Steps in mere minutes, click here.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). To electronically transfer funds to Steps, call our main office at 617.713.5310 for instructions on how to do so.
Sponsor an Event. Sponsoring our annual Step Up Celebration shows leadership in a public way that inspires others to give. For businesses, it creates publicity and community goodwill. Other Steps events are also available for sole or co-sponsorship. For details, email Executive Director Juan Cantu here.
Sponsor a Program. Steps programs of various types (internships, summer camp, after-school) or at specific levels (elementary, high school, college) are also open for sponsorship. For details, email Executive Director Juan Cantu here.
All donors and sponsors receive Steps’ quarterly newsletters and other occasional updates.
The generous support of businesses, foundations, and public sources will be recognized in our Impact Report, posted on the Steps website, unless anonymity is requested.
Help Spread the Word
Listservs and Newsletters
Promoting Steps via other channels - such as posting a Steps link or referencing your commitment on neighborhood listservs, local religious or civic organization newsletters - is also a great way to help!
The Da Rosa Fund
Sarah Da Rosa, the mother of Steps to Success students Karina, Sarina, AJ, and Christina, and wife of Antonio Rosa, was a vital part of the Steps community for many years. In 2016, we tragically lost Sarah. Even as we grieved, the Steps to Success family grew closer and spent time fondly remembering her and her legacy. Sarah was an integral part of Steps, including her work on the Parent Council, participating in the CSI Care Package Night, and being a beacon of support for anyone and everyone. This scholarship fund, started shortly after her passing, will serve Steps to Success students by helping them achieve their academic and life goals. For details, email Executive Director Juan Cantu here.
The Jim Fund
Jim Fitzgibbons has been a beloved member of our Steps family of supporters and one of our most passionate and loyal advocates for many years. We’re grateful to have had Jim promoting our mission on our behalf for such a long time. In 2018, we established the Jim Fund, which supports out-of-school time programs for K-12 youth, including our Summer Connections program, outdoor explorations, and summer camps. Jim Fund donors unlock incredible opportunities for our Steps students, and have a truly positive influence on their lives. Every summer, the students hold sell events, during which they sell handmade items to the community and donate a portion of their proceeds to charities, including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, New England Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue, and Casa Myrna. These experiences teach powerful lessons in social entrepreneurship and financial literacy. We are also proud to report that 74 of our students participate in camps and other enrichment activities throughout the year. Most of these individuals return to the same camp in subsequent years. For details, email Executive Director Juan Cantu here.
The Amy Fund
Longtime Brookline High School English teacher, Amy Morrissey, was fondly known as a warm, gracious woman by students, colleagues, and friends alike. Sadly, we lost Amy in late 2019. We miss her dearly, but even in our grief, we remain grateful to have called her a friend. Soon after her passing, her family was kind enough to designate Steps to Success as a charity to which loved ones may donate in her memory. To honor her, and sustain her legacy, we proudly established The Amy Fund to support students with non-educational expenses like winter coats, MBTA passes, family meals, toiletries, athletic fees, and the like.
Amy was very passionate about Steps’ mission, and we are so pleased that funds donated in her name will help promote it. To give directly to the Amy Fund, click here. For more information about organizing a community fundraiser to benefit the Amy Fund, email Executive Director Juan Cantu here.
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