Funding Activities (Giving & Receiving)

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by jeni No Comments

Supporting Mattie’s Foundation

…embracing and sharing in his peace mission
through activities, events, materials, and fundraisers…

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All of the activities, materials, resources, and events offered by Mattie’s Foundation have been carefully created to fulfill our mission — which is to make Mattie’s message of hope and peace available and accessible to people across time and space. We try to motivate and educate people of all ages and nationalities and faiths, so that each person can better understand the message Mattie shared. In doing so, we aim to enable and empower global citizens to “choose peace” as a deliberate attitude, action, and way of being.

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Our programs and resources are designed is to help people “reflect, respond, and reach out” with Mattie’s vision, and with his “Three Choices” for moving peace from a possibility to a reality. As Mattie would say, these ”Pathways to Peace” activity and material components offer support for moving from “attitude to action” with hope and with peace — for one’s self, for others, and for our world.

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Many of our activities and events and resources are offered at no cost to participants. While we “encourage donations” for those program components, the reality is that we also need to encourage those who are able to do so, to celebrate Mattie’s mission with direct financial and/or in-kind donations and support.

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There are several ways individuals and groups can support Mattie’s Foundation and mission. We rely on Peace Shop sales of materials, participant or sponsor payment for some of our services, our Birthday Campaign and Gift Brick Sponsorship activities, and donations of “time, talent, and treasure” to keep Mattie’s Foundation as an active source of inspiration and information as we journey along the Pathways to Peace. Whether giving as an individual, family, business, or community gives annually or in different ways throughout each year, we are truly grateful — and there are many benefits to the donor(s) for choosing to support this important work (including tax deductions).

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Without your generosity, we could not continue creating and disseminating our Pathways to Peace program components — which is Mattie’s message and our mission. It is because of the generosity of those who believe in the message of peace Mattie shared, that his Foundation is able to endeavor to fulfill his mission, as we journey towards peace.

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How You Benefit
—— from Supporting Mattie’s Foundation:

  • Financial donations in which you receive no materials or services are 100 percent tax deductible.
  • We send you a tax letter with the information you need.
  • In-kind donations of services or materials (e.g., storage unit, public relations support,  printing of materials, tents and tables during peace events…) are also tax deductible.
  • We publicly celebrate your generosity and commitment to Mattie’s peace mission on our website and on relevant printed materials and media opportunities (e.g., our Peace Champions pages, event posters, radio advertisements for events…)
  • You are invited to share a special message on our What You Are Saying “Peace Champions” page.
  • You know that you are helping shape the future with hope and peace.
  • Because of your gift, peace moves from attitude to action in tangible ways…. and we are grateful! 

“One person can make a difference…
together, we can create change!”
– Mattie J.T. Stepanek 

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Specific Ways to Support
——-The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation:

 

Mattie’s Peace Champions

  • Become one of Mattie’s Peace Champions
  • We have giving categories to celebrate financial donations at any level.
  • We welcome one-time gifts, annual gifts, and monthly gifts.
  • We offer special “priceless” incentives to high end donors and program sponsors.
  • Every gift is celebrated on our Champions page and can be used as a tax deduction.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more our Peace Champions…
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Mattie’s Birthday Champions

  • Become one of Mattie’s Birthday Champions
  • Celebrate Mattei’s birthday with a gift that reflects his age.
  • During 2015, we are encouraging gifts of “$25 to reflect Mattie’s 25 years” (though gifts of ANY AMOUNT, larger or smaller, are appreciated). 
  • Every gift is celebrated on our Champions page in the Birthday section.
  • Every gift can be used as a tax deduction (we will send you a tax letter).
  • Birthday Champions who give $25 or more can choose to automatically become general members of Mattie’s Peace Club.
  • All Birthday Champion donations received before our annual summer peace event are included on our event displays.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about the 2015 Birthday Campaign…
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  • Become a Peace Messenger (Sponsor).
  • Give the gift of peace, to a teen, a teacher, a school, a retirement community — to any person or community.
  • For $18, you can sponsor a teen in our Peace Club Teen program.
  • For $50, to $500, you can sponsor a family, teacher, school, community, or entire city in our Peace Certification program.
  • Every Peace Messenger Sponsor donation is 100 percent tax deducible.
  • Every Peace Messenger knows that they are giving a gift that can re-shape the future of an individual, and our world.
  • Every Peace Messenger is celebrated on our Peace Champions page.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more become a Peace Messenger/Sponsor…. 

 

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Personalized Gift Brick Sponsors

  • Sponsor a Personalized Gift Brick in Mattie’s Peace Garden.
  • Celebrate a loved one, an organization, or simply share a message in a special way.
  • Your brick sponsorship is 100 percent tax deductible. 
  • We place new personalized bricks with your messages in Mattie’s Peace Garden (Rockville, MD) once or twice a year.
  • These bricks make great gifts (birthday, holiday, Mother’s/Father’s Day, memorial, anniversary… ANY DAY).
  • You have up to 3 lines (each with 14 characters) to share your message.
  • We offer bulk discount rates for orders of 5, 10, or more bricks at a time.
  • Your sponsorship is celebrated on our Brick Sponsor pages, along with your inscription and photos of your brick once it is installed.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about Personalized Gift Bricks…

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Peace Certification (Individuals & Groups)

  • Choose to become Peace Certified.
  • We have categories for individuals, families, classrooms, and communities of all sizes.
  • Peace Certification builds on the free Peace Activity Certificate component of our Pathways to Peace.
  • You receive our 24-page Peace Tips Guide, mentoring from the Foundation as you “reflect, respond, and reach out” with a peace activity.
  • Your peace journey is celebrated with photos and information on our Peace Certification page.
  • You are choosing to move from “attitude to action” with peace in a way that benefits you, and at least one other person or group of people — and also Mattie’s Foundation.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about Peace Certification…
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Mattie’s Peace Club Membership

 

  • Choose to become a paying member of Mattie’s Peace Club.
  • Children and tweens (birth through 12 years) are encouraged to be registered as FREE members of our peace club.
  • Teens (ages 13-19 years) are encouraged to be registered as free or SPONSORED members our peace club (we suggest a one-time donation for this level).
  • Adults are encouraged to become paying members of our peace club, and renew annually.
  • All levels of members have distinct advantages and are mutually beneficial.
  • Paying adult members (General or VIP level) know that they are supporting the free youth levels of membership with their annual donation.
  • Paying members receive discounts on select items in our Peace Shop.
  • All members receive a Peace Club Certificate for each year they are enrolled.
  • You are choosing to move from “attitude to action” with peace in a way that benefits you, and at least one other person or group of people — and also Mattie’s Foundation.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about Mattie’s Peace Club…

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Peace Shop Purchases

  • Make a purchase in our Peace Shop — it supports our peace mission.
  • We offer books signed or signature-stamped by Mattie and Jeni (specifics depend on book title and other details).
  • We offer materials that support and enhance your journey through our Pathways to Peace Program (e.g., inspiration cards, posters, bookmarks…)
  • We offer items that celebrate peace and also make great gifts (e.g., t-shirts, wristbands, pencils, bumper stickers…)
  • We offer combination sales and bulk disc outs on select items (this helps save on shipping fees).
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about our Peace Shop…

 

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Foundation Advocates (in-kind support)

  • Chooose to become a Foundation Advocate through in-kind support donations.
  • We are always grateful for your donation of services, materials, space, or other “in-kind” gifts that support Mattie’s peace mission.
  • We celebrate you on our Foundation Advocates page.
  • Because of our Advocates, we have been gifted with a post office box, a storage unit, and intermittent gifts of materials or services that support our programs, events, and activities — which allows us to continue offering many of our Pathways to Peace components at no cost to participants.
  • Our in-kind wish list includes postage/shipping services, print services for some of our materials, website tech support (WordPress platform), event sponsors, program component sponsors, public relations support, videography and editing,  and other materials and services that help us further Mattie’s peace message and mission.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about Foundation Advocates…
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  • Choose to become a Foundation Volunteer.
  • We are always grateful to those who volunteer for Mattie’s Foundation.
  • Some volunteers choose to donate their time and energy for a specific event, like a peace celebration in Mattie’s Park.
  • Some volunteers choose to help with logistic support once a month or throughout the year — entering information on our Excel database, packing Peace Shop orders for shipment, taking items to the post office, and running various errands.
  • Volunteers know that they are providing an essential gift of support to Mattie’s Foundation.
  • Volunteers are celebrated on our Foundation Volunteers page.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about Foundation Volunteers…

 

 

May Spotlight

Peace Seeker

Our Peace Seeker Spotlights honor our Peace Club Youth members -- and the families, educators, and mentors who choose to support these Kids, Tweens, and Teens in learning and celebrating that “peace is possible.” Read more...

Peace Maker

Our Peace Maker Spotlights honor our Peace Club General & VIP members – adults who "choose peace" and offer a small membership fee that supports our activities and programs, including the free activities offered to our youth members. Read more...

Peace Bringer

Our Peace Bringer Spotlights honor our Peace Activity Certificate and Peace Certification Program participants – individuals, families, educators, schools, communities, and more who choose to move from “attitude to action” with peace. Read more...

Peace Sponsor

Our Peace Sponsor Spotlights honor our Champions, Advocates, and Program Messengers – individuals, organizations, and businesses whose financial or in-kind contributions support the mission and work of Mattie’s Foundation. Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek