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Dear Villager,

Stairstep Foundation was launched in 1992 as a response to the crises/challenges that uniquely confront African Americans.  The long list of disparate outcomes for our people from health to wealth to education demanded not just action but action connected to a long-range vision for healing.  We determined that our spirit of community, life-giving cultural connectivity, was broken.

We define community as the way people behave when they believe they belong together.  The Stairstep mission has been to revitalize that constructive energy in our village.  Community is our bottom line and modeling the power of collaboration as we engage vital issues is a means to that end.

In twenty-six years of operation we have confronted a range of issues and created community collaboration models to advance the cause of our village.  Siyeza, our inner city manufacturing template was a model that won national recognition for corporate community partnership.   Musical Beginnings (developed with Willette Whitted) provided a unique approach to labor assistance to combat infant mortality.  His Works United the ecumenical network of African American churches that we facilitate, is a powerful model of a social infrastructure for our community that allows deployment of strategies in any area of concern.

To best serve our village and to generate long-term benefit we focus on root issues and collaborative approaches that produce impact while building community resiliency and capacity.  Our most recent models, The Belief Bowl, to close the educational divide, and the Learned Self-Management curriculum, developed with Black Psychologists provides trauma relief and a constructive worldview to folk most susceptible to violence, continue the vein of demonstrating the power of community.

To advocate community and build meaningful models we need resources.  I’m reaching out today to ask for your financial contribution to allow us to continue this important work.  Please consider contributing to Stairstep Foundation.  Your gifts are tax deductible.  Our Board, volunteers, staff and I thank you.

Aluta Continua,


Stairstep Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office. Thanks for your continued generosity and support of our work in the community and through the people at Stairstep!

Below are several options to help manage those gifts.

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Please make all checks out to Stairstep Foundation. According to IRS regulations, please do not write in the memo portion of your check. If you would like to designate a specific program within the foundation, please attach a post-note to the check with the programs name listed. You can automate your donations by setting up online bill pay through your bank or credit union that sends an amount each month.

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