A Stepping Stone Foundation Blog

Whole Heart Giving

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa

Give Generously

I am constantly moved by the generosity and love you show our children and their families through your support.  I work hard not to take that for granted.  This month, I appeal to your WHOLE HEART by asking you to help us continue providing preschool and family literacy to Arizona children and their families.

Before starting our WHOLE HEART Campaign, I approached three of our donors and the Stepping Stone Board.  I asked them to help us launch this effort with their own generous donations which I would then use to challenge all our wonderful friends to help us raise a total of $41,500 before the end of the month.  Those donors have committed a total of $19,000, which will be used to match EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR from our 300 regular donors, up to that amount. We are deeply grateful to our lead donors who forged this challenge!

We challenge you to surprise those major donors to not only meet the challenge, but to help us raise even more!!!

This program year, we turned down a grant of $41,500 because it could have jeopardized the safety and well-being of some of our immigrant families.  We did this after consulting with our board and the parents of our students to be certain we weren’t overreacting to a condition of the grant.  This decision was a difficult one, but as Mohammad Ali was known to have said: “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself”.

Well, we believe in you.  It took faith and humility to decline that much funding, knowing we would have to search to replace that money so we could serve the children and parents who attend our program at Westwood.  It took WHOLE HEARTS to forge ahead and prepare the children during this past school year.

Please consider a one-time special gift to help us reach our $41,500 goal.  Or help us shatter that goal! 

Donate Now!

Every gift is needed and honored.  A donation of $25 may seem small, but can provide one day of preschool for one child.  We know many of you find yourselves in a position to make larger donations so please look deep into your WHOLE HEART as you provide support.  Please give generously so we can accomplish our goal.  Beginning June 20th, please visit our Facebook page and website blog for updates on the WHOLE HEART campaign.  With just one donation of $20,000 we would complete the challenge.  Four donations of $5,000, 25 donations of $1,000, 50 donations of $500 and so forth would also help us reach that goal.  It will take all of you making some sort of response for us to ultimately be successful. Please give generously!

Questions? Call me at the office: 602-843-8281

I thank you in advance,


Cindy Gattorna, Executive Director

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”.   Mohammad Ali