Education Foundation of New York State
New York State Education Foundation (EF)
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 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.
How Your Donations Make a Difference:
Every dollar you contribute plays a vital role in driving positive change. Here’s how your donations directly impact our efforts:
- Amplifying Advocacy: Your support strengthens our advocacy campaigns, allowing us to raise our voices and push for policies that promote equality, justice, and progress. Your donation empowers us to make a significant impact on the issues we champion, from education reform to environmental protection.
- Expanding Outreach: With your contributions, we can extend our outreach initiatives and engage with an even wider audience. Whether it’s hosting informative workshops, community events, or awareness campaigns, your donation helps us connect with individuals and foster a sense of unity in our shared goals.
- Empowering Education: A portion of your donation goes towards educational programs that inform and empower citizens. We provide resources, workshops, and materials that encourage informed participation in our democratic processes, ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard and valued.
- Supporting Research: Rigorous research is the foundation of informed advocacy. By donating, you enable us to conduct thorough research that drives evidence-based policy recommendations, shaping decisions that have a real and positive impact on our society.
- Enabling Progress: Our organization is committed to turning vision into action. Your contributions directly support the implementation of projects that create tangible change in our community. From local initiatives to broader societal shifts, your support drives the progress we all strive for.
Five 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: Commit to sending a donation once a year
- 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.
- IRA Gift: 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.
- 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.
- 1919 Society: 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 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.
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.
A Few Thoughts from our Supporters
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.”
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.”
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, 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.”
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.”
Join Us in Building a Brighter Future
Your contribution matters. When you donate to the Education Fund, you become an integral part of our journey towards a more just, equitable, and inclusive world. Together, we can overcome challenges, inspire change, and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Take the step to empower change today. Join hands with us by making a donation and becoming a partner in progress. Together, we can turn aspirations into achievements and make the world a better place for everyone. Thank you for your generosity and for believing in the power of collective action.