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ABOUT THE LWVNYS EDUCATION FOUNDATION (EF)

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Throughout its history the Foundation has produced and distributed nonpartisan, educational materials; funded activities which promote citizen responsibility in the democratic process; and facilitated communication between citizens and their government officials.  It has a strong commitment to young people and to the promise of the continued success of democracy.

The League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation (LWVNYSEF) was established in 1950 as the Foundation for Citizen Education (FCE) to support the educational activities of the League of Women Voters of New York State.  It is incorporated under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of New York and is classified as a public educational charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Foundation is dedicated exclusively to the support and promotion of the educational programs of the League of Women Voters in New York State.

Give to LWVNYS Education Foundation
Make a tax-deductible contribution to the Education Foundation using your credit card. If you prefer to write a check, please make them payable to the LWVNYS Education Foundation. If you have any questions, feel free to call the state League office directly at 518-465-4162.

THE POWER OF AWARENESS "EMPOWERING ALL THROUGH EDUCATION"

The League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation is the educational and fund-raising arm of The League of Women Voters of New York State which derives its strength from the energy and commitment of the women and men in about 60 local Leagues throughout the state. It is strictly nonpartisan, and works primarily on projects that enlighten the electorate i.e., empower through education.

The charitable support of individual people, corporations and foundations throughout New York State help us accomplish three central missions:

  • Educate people on the importance of their participation in government, in the political process and, most importantly, in the life of their home community.
  • Create awareness of the issues at the local, state and national levels and what average citizens can do to have an impact on their government.
  • Instill in young people and new citizens the knowledge of their role and responsibilities in managing their own government.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & INITIATIVES

LWVNYS Education Foundation 2016-2017 Annual Report(10/26/2017)

DONATE TO THE LWVNYS EDUCATION FOUNDATION (EF)

Donate EF Button Those donors wishing to make tax deductible donations to support the educational activities of the League may do so by contributing to the League of Women Voters Education Foundation.

Donors Making a Difference

The Education Foundation (EF) depends on donors to support our educational programs. With your help, we provide educational materials and resources for the people of New York State. Programs like Vote411.org—our online voter guide, Students Inside Albany—a four day conference to educate high school students about their role in state government, and timely community information programs on current issues like Campaign Finance Reform are only possible because of your generosity.

League Matters Campaign—A Success!!

Ways to Give
While gifts are normally made with cash or an equivalent, as the economy has changed, donors have looked at different and creative ways they can continue to support the Education Foundation and make an impact on their communities.

Annual Support
Dorothy Westhafer
Sustaining the Future
: Dorothy Westhafer (left)

Dorothy Westhafer first joined LWV as a young bride in Dayton, Ohio. Her husband, Jim, was the co-pastor of a Presbyterian Church and she met many League members who were part of the congregation. She began going to meetings regularly and, by the time she left Dayton in 1962, she was Vice President of the Dayton League.

Little did she know, but, through her League leadership, Dorothy was following in her grandmother’s footsteps. In 2010, Dorothy discovered that her grandmother, Jennie Holloway, had served as president of the Akron, Ohio League from the time of its organization until a few months before her death in 1928.

A cum laude graduate of Miami University with an art major and Phi Beta Kappa member, Dorothy put her considerable talents into community leadership. In 1962, Dorothy and James moved to Lockport, New York where there was no local League but she maintained her membership at the state level and began a “Keeping Up” program through the YWCA Board. Soon Dorothy found herself coordinating a provisional League. When the family again moved, this time to Grand Island, New York, Dorothy joined the LWV of Buffalo. Last year, she was honored as a 50 Year Member of the League.

As with many League volunteers, Dorothy was more than a member and a mother, she also worked as director of the Niagara Community College Art Gallery for 11 years and did some teaching in art history at Buffalo State and Niagara University.

Today, Dorothy continues to volunteer in her community. In addition to being a lifetime League member, she enjoyed tennis, taught Sunday School, has served as a docent at the Albright Knox art gallery, and is active in the Western New York Land Conservancy. She also serves on the Conservation Advisory Board for the Town of Grand Island.

The League owes much to Dorothy for her volunteer leadership over more than 50 years but, as is typical for Dorothy, she goes further and gives financial support to the state League. Dorothy has made an annual gift to the state League every year for over 10 years. Her leadership level support allows the League she loves to continue to educate voters and support good government. In her own words, “The League of Women Voters is a critical group due to its non-partisan education of voters and its encouragement of citizens to participate; participation is crucial for democracy to work.”

We thank Dorothy for her dedication to making democracy work. 

Give Appreciated Stock
When you make a gift of appreciated stock, you can take a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock and you don’t have to pay tax on the gain from the appreciation. To find out how to give a gift of stock, please call the state office at (518) 465-4162 or email Kate Jankowski, Communications and Development Coordinator.
Joanne and Michael Esposito
Joanne Esposito
has been a member of the LWV of Albany County for many years. She is also a member of several other local community boards and committees but she feels that the League is unique because of its non-partisan tradition, approach to study and consensus on issues, and the diversity of issues. Each year, she and her husband, Dr. Michael Esposito, make a gift of stock to the New York State League Education Foundation. “We give appreciated stock because it is a great way to make a gift. You avoid paying capital gains tax on the stock you donate, take a charitable deduction for the donation, and, best of all, get to help a charity you believe in.”

When asked why they give to the state League Education Foundation every year, Joanne said, “Michael and I make it a priority to give to the state League every year because, over our years as League members, we see that volunteerism has changed in America. Our local Leagues need the state League to support the volunteers we do have and provide necessary resources and coordination to the local Leagues across New York. Our grassroots membership is what makes us strong and that does not exist without energized members who know they can count on support from the state League.”

Join Our Monthly Giving Club
You can let us know that you would like a donation charged to your credit card each month automatically. To join our monthly giving club, use the online gift link and choose Monthly from the Donation Schedule drop down menu.

Members of the LWVNYS monthly doner list
Virginia Adler Arlene Makl
Donna Dardaris Doris Reed
Lauren Frank and Annette Miller Clare Simeone
Linda Frank Dare and Douglas Thompson
Kate Jankowski Janalyn Travis-Messer
Myra Hiemstra  
Donna Dardaris
Donna Dardaris,
“I am a donor to the state League because I value all it does for local Leagues in providing educational materials and support to our members across New York. Having a strong state League also means that we maintain a presence in Albany and have a powerful voice for change. I am a monthly donor for two reasons, it is easy to set up a monthly gift and it allows me to give more than I would be able to if I made a one-time gift.”
Janalyn Travis Messer
Janalyn Travis-Messer
, LWV of Shelter Island: “I give to the League of Women Voters Education Foundation because I believe in what the League does and for whom and what it stands. I give monthly because it allows me to give at a higher rate than I would be able to if I only gave one gift annually and I can easily budget my gift and calculate it at tax time. If everyone gave even $10 per month, what the League could achieve would be even more amazing.”

Make a gift from your IRA Required Distribution
Gifts made from your annual IRA Required Distribution are not considered income to you. If you are at least 70½ years of age, you may make a gift of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the Education Foundation and it will not be considered income to you. To find out more about this, please call the state office at (518) 465-4162 or email Kate Jankowski, Communications and Development Coordinator.
Aimee Allaud
Aimee Allaud, also an LWV of Albany County member, makes annual donations to the Education Foundation from the required distribution of her Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Based on current tax code, donors can select a charity or charities to receive distributions directly from the IRA. The benefit of this type of gift, besides helping the charity, is that the IRA distribution is not counted as income to the donor. As she puts it, “The state League is essential to having strong and vibrant local Leagues and this gift from my IRA allows me to contribute more than I might otherwise be able to because it helps keep my taxable income amount lower.”

Aimee urges other members who may be able to make this type of creative gift to join her in supporting the state League. “It is easy to do and it makes me feel good about continuing the League’s long tradition of advocacy for voting rights and voter education at the local, state, and national levels—something that drew me to the League and has kept me an active member for 40 years.”

Leave a Legacy
Remembering a charity in your will is a wonderful way of ensuring that your values survive you. The LWVNYS Education Foundation has a special recognition society for people who have designated the League in their will. The 1919 Society was created in celebration of the state League’s 90th birthday. Find out more about the 1919 Society.

THE POWER OF AWARENESS "EMPOWERING ALL THROUGH EDUCATION"

The League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation is the educational and fund-raising arm of The League of Women Voters of New York State which derives its strength from the energy and commitment of the women and men in about 60 local Leagues throughout the state. It is strictly nonpartisan, and works primarily on projects that enlighten the electorate i.e., empower through education.

The charitable support of individual people, corporations and foundations throughout New York State help us accomplish three central missions:

  • Educate people on the importance of their participation in government, in the political process and, most importantly, in the life of their home community.
  • Create awareness of the issues at the local, state and national levels and what average citizens can do to have an impact on their government.
  • Instill in young people and new citizens the knowledge of their role and responsibilities in managing their own government.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & INITIATIVES

The LWVNYS Education Foundation has a proven track record of providing the creative programs, materials, and support our local Leagues need to continue their work.

Our latest accomplishments include:

  • Increased use of our electronic voter guide—Vote411.org. This one-stop shop for nonpartisan election information is now used by over 40 Leagues statewide. Over 32,000 people from New York State visited the Vote 411 website during the 2013 election season; that is a 163% increase over the 12,000 who visited the website in the last comparable local election season (2011).  
  • Our annual conference for high school students—Students Inside Albany—continues to “sell out.” The 2014 conference hosted 60 students from 40 local Leagues. Students repeatedly tell us that the SIA experience was “eye opening” and made them want to become more involved in their government. As one 2014 student said, “It showed me a different side of government and how important it is for me to remain an educated voter.”
  • The Foundation continues to support statewide citizen education by preparing full programs, including PowerPoint presentations and instructional materials, for local Leagues. These programs make it easier for local League volunteers to educate their community on timely issues. Most recent programs have been about Voter Participation and Campaign Finance Reform.

1919 Society

We invite you to join the LWVNYS Education Foundation’s (EF) 1919 Society. It is easy to become a member. All you need to do is let us know that you have included the EF in your will or estate gift planning. In addition to providing a wonderful legacy with the League, charitable bequests decrease the size of your taxable estate.

You can easily add the EF to your will or trust through a codicil or amendment without redrafting your entire will. Just tell your attorney that you want to leave either a special bequest or a part of the residuary of your estate to the EF. Find out more about Donations to the LWVNY Education Foundation.

The 1919 Society was created in celebration of the state League’s 90th birthday to ensure that the League is able to maintain its vibrant reputation in the 21st century. As a member, we will recognize you as a special investor in our future and include your name in the NYS Voter, our annual report, and our website. You have worked hard for the League for so many years. Why not help the next generation of members by including the EF in your will? For more details, please call the state League office at (518) 465-4162 or email Kate Jankowski, Communications and Development Coordinator

Members of the LWVNYS 1919 Society
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Deceased
Barbara Bartoletti Lori Dawson and Michael LaBelle
Helen and Brian Bayly Natacha Dykman*
Laura Ladd Bierman Elizabeth Hubbard
Paula Blum JoAnn Jacobson
Anne Burton Evelyn Stock

Donor Recognition

A Lasting Legacy

Evelyn Stock

Influencing the Future: Evelyn Stock

You can’t be in the state League office for too long without hearing the name Evelyn Stock. Evelyn has been a dedicated League member since 1970. She served in leadership roles for her local League in Scarsdale, the Westchester County League, and also at the state League—serving as state League President for two terms from 1995 to 1999. Evelyn’s genuine interest in people makes her a natural leader and an excellent fundraiser. So, it makes sense that Evelyn has supported the LWVNYS Education Foundation every year for over 25 years and also included the state League in her will.

Evelyn says, “I believe in the League, not only what it does but how it creates and fosters leaders and friendships. I know its survival depends on having a strong financial position so it was only natural that I would include the League (and my Scarsdale and Westchester Leagues) amongst the organizations I hoped would continue to not only function but flourish. It is my way to influence the future.

A “farm girl” from Massachusetts, Evelyn attended Tufts, earning a degree in history and government. She worked as an editor and teacher. In short, Evelyn was an ideal candidate for League membership. In 1970, after moving to Scarsdale with her husband and two-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, Evelyn met Toby Nussbaum while looking to start a play group. She recalls, “I ‘picked up’ Toby Nussbaum at a local shoe store. She would become one of my closest friends. She offered to babysit for Elisabeth so I could go to the League membership coffee. Who would pass up free babysitting?! So, I went and the rest is history.”

She says, “Joining the League and the Board was better than graduate school. I loved the studies and the way positions were reached. And oh, the friends I made and the mentoring and encouragement I received. It was an incredible fit—I had an abundance of energy and interests and the League channeled it and enabled me to grow.

There are many League experiences that Evelyn enjoyed but, most of all, she loves the people. “League people are the best.” Her League affiliation opened many doors including membership on the Committee for Modern Courts. But the ultimate experience was meeting Judge Judith Kaye and being invited to be one of five leaders representing New York at the National Conference on Public Trust and Confidence in the Justice System in 1999.

It is safe to say that the League in New York State would not be what it is today without the steadfast support and dedication of Evelyn Stock. In recognition of her generosity, we hope to honor her vision for the future, “Most communities have a League where all ages and political views are welcome and include a social component that promotes friendships and the joy of working for a common purpose. League members study and take action on local questions and provide a training ground for community leaders. Students Inside Albany would continue and grow. The State League would provide training opportunities for all members and League positions would be sought after and have significant influence on Albany politics.”

Evelyn’s volunteer leadership, generosity, and positive outlook have already influenced the future. We can’t thank her enough for ensuring that the League is there for the “Evelyns” of the next generation.

Anne Burton
Anne Burton

Anne Burton’s story is, in some ways, the typical member story. She joined the League in Columbus, Ohio in 1968. She had small children and needed an “outlet.” She was attracted to the League by her desire to address inequalities in access to voting and voter registration, her interest in our non-partisan approach, and the way the League reaches consensus on issues.

As a member of the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County, Anne works diligently on all League activities—coordinating volunteers for a voter registration table at the local Farmer’s Market, volunteering to help at local elections, and advocating for League positions with other volunteers in Albany. She says, “I like all of my League activities but, by far, my favorite is the lobbying that takes place every year when the State Legislature is in session.”

A single mom with three children, Anne worked as a medical technologist for much of her career. At that time, she was not thinking of philanthropy or her legacy. However, now that she is retired, she is getting her estate in order and making sure the family and charities she values will continue to receive support after she is gone.

After meeting with her attorney, Anne created a revocable living trust that will benefit not only her children and grandchildren but also the state League’s Education Foundation. Speaking to Anne about this decision, you can easily see her enthusiasm about making this gift. She says, “It was so easy to include the League in my trust—as easy as writing down, ‘The League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.’” And quickly adds, “I hope this gift will inspire other members to include the state League in their estate plans.”

Anne also hopes her gift will help the League of the future attract new and diverse members and help create educational programs for busy young professionals. She wants the League to remain an active and vital “outlet” for everyone who wants to participate.

Natacha Dykman
Natacha Dykman (1922-2013)

There were many things we knew about Natacha Dykman. For instance, we knew that she was a loyal League member for many, many years and president of the state League from 1976 to 1979. She was not afraid to speak her mind and her car sported a bumper sticker that read, “Question Authority.” What we did not know is that she included the both the state League and her local League, the LWV of the Rochester Metro Area, in her will.

We were contacted by her son, Timothy, this year. Timothy was the executor of his mother’s estate and called to let us know that he would be sending a bequest for us and for the Rochester League. Natacha was still supporting the League she so believed in even after she was gone.

According to Timothy, Natacha was born in Springfield, Illinois and was an artist her whole life. During World War II, she worked as a draftsman on the Manhattan Project where she met her husband, Milton Dykman.

The couple moved to Rochester, New York after the war and Natacha quickly got involved in that community. In addition to her League work, she was a member of the judicial nominating committee for the New York State Supreme Court and of the state’s medical quality assurance board. She also served as a trustee of the Rochester Institute of Technology. She remained an artist until her death and painted and made hand-pressed books.

Her commitment to the League during her life was tremendous and we know the legacy she left will ensure that the League is there for the next generation of members and New Yorkers.