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For Donors:
Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Is my gift tax deductible?

    Yes. Step is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by IRS guidelines.

  • What is Step’s Tax ID number?

    Our EIN number for tax purposes is 74-2345786.

  • Is my privacy protected?

    Yes. We value our donors’ privacy, and we will never sell, trade, or share our mailing list with anyone. Step’s donor list is never published, and you may choose to give anonymously by including a note with your donation.

  • What if I don’t want to give online?

    You can send a check to:
    Step Denver
    2029 Larimer Street
    Denver, CO 80205

  • How will I know the difference my gift has made?

    Step produces an annual Impact Report which is sent to donors in the fall. The report details program outcomes and the economic return on investment for every dollar donated. Additionally, testimonials by men in the program and by Step alumni are shared with donors throughout the year.

  • How is Step funded?

    In the best interest of our men, we do not accept government funding, which is why gifts from donors like you are so important to us. Step is entirely supported by individuals, corporate partners, and private foundations. This allows us the freedom to make all program decisions based on what is best for our residents—not what is dictated by a state or federal funding source.

  • Whom do I contact if I have a question about giving or in order to donate over the phone?

    Please reach out to our Director of Development, Meghan Shay. She can be reached at 720-439-8487 or mshay@stepdenver.org.

  • Can I take a tour?

    Yes. We welcome visitors, and you can schedule a tour by emailing mshay@stepdenver.org. Out of respect for our men, tours of their home are only conducted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Can I volunteer?

    Unfortunately, no. Because our program is focused on residents achieving self-sufficiency and learning to care for themselves, their home, and their fellow residents, we do not have traditional volunteer opportunities. We do, however, have other ways for you to take action and help support Step.

  • Why do you only serve men?

    Of the unsheltered people currently in Denver, 73% are men. Since its founding, Step has been committed to and focused on having an impact where there is the most need—which, for our mission, happens to be serving men. In doing so, we find that the ripple impact extends into families and ultimately affects the mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters of our residents and alumni. When women contact Step asking for help, they are referred to trusted partners in the community.

  • What is your annual operating budget?

    Step Denver’s budget for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021 is $1,748,758.

  • Do you meet nonprofit financial efficiency standards?

    According to Charity Navigator’s Performance Metric for Administrative Expense Percentage: Step Denver scores 7.5 out of 10 and is 1% point from a 10/10 nonprofit efficiency rating.

    According to Charity Watch’s Fundraising Efficiency Rating (cost to raise a dollar): Step Denver scores A- or Excellent for monetary fundraising efficiency.

    We take these metrics seriously and are continuously evaluating to ensure every dollar donated has the maximum direct impact on the lives of our men.

Still have questions? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer them.