Why should I consider joining the Sustain 21 campaign and becoming an Advocate?

Becoming an advocate through the Sustain 21 campaign sends a ripple effect throughout the community. First, your contribution educates medical professionals on how to deliver a fair and unbiased Down syndrome diagnosis. It creates programming for new and expectant parents on how to care for a child with Down syndrome and educates them on how amazing their lives will be! Your contribution helps sustain and establish programs that increase the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families, across their entire lifespan. Thirdly, your advocacy and support of our rich programming ensures that our loved ones become valued members of their communities … all because you became an advocate within Sustain 21.

Measuring Your Impact

Becoming a member of DSAW’s Sustain 21 program establishes long-term support that is vital for the sustainability of DSAW’s many programs. 

As a small appreciation for your partnership in our work, DSAW recognizes the impact of its donors in the following ways:

Associate - Gifts of $1 to $119

  • Recognition through Annual Report and newsletter.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Friend - Gifts of $120 to $249 (Sustain 21 givers of $10/mo x 12 months = $120/yr)

  • Free one year membership.

  • DSAW car magnet or window decal, DSAW bracelet.

  • Recognition through Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Supporters - Gifts of $250 to $499 (Sustain 21 givers of $21/mo x 12 months = $252/yr)

  • Admission for two into the State DSAW Awareness Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo in September 2017. 

  • Free one year membership.

  • DSAW hat, DSAW car magnet or window decal, DSAW bracelet.

  • Recognition through Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Advocates - Gifts of $500 to $999 (Sustain 21 givers of $50/mo x 12 months = $600/yr)

  • Admission for two into a medical outreach seminar in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, or, admission for two into the State DSAW Awareness Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo in September 2017.

  • Permanent recognition on Donor Wall.

  • Free one year membership.

  • Choice of DSAW polo shirt or hat, choice of DSAW car magnet or widow decal, DSAW bracelet.

  • Recognition through Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Partner Advocates - Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499 (Sustain 21 givers of $121/mo x 12 months = $1,452/yr)

  • Free family admission (x4 people) into the State DSAW Awareness Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo in September 2017.

  • Name listed on a State Awareness Walk Donor Sign at main entrance. 

  • Permanent recognition on Donor Wall.

  • Free one year membership.

  • DSAW polo t-shirt, hat, car magnet, window decal, and bracelet.

  • Recognition through Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media, event t-shirt.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Guardian Advocates - Gifts of $2,500 - $4,999

  • Free family admission (x6 people) and recognition from the stage at State DSAW Awareness Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo in September 2017.

  • Permanent recognition on Donor Wall.

  • Free three year membership.

  • Choice of personalized gift item.

  • Recognition through Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media, event t-shirts and signage.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Visionary Advocates - Gifts of $5,000 - $9,999

  • Naming rights to the statewide DSAW Awareness Run or Golf Outing.

  • Permanent recognition and premier placement on Donor Wall.

  • Free five year membership.

  • Choice of personalized gift item.

  • Recognition through Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media, event t-shirts and signage.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Sustainer Advocates - Gifts of $10,000 - $49,999

  • Naming rights of the statewide DSAW Awareness Walk (2,000 attendees) in the year the gift was received.

  • Private reception with executive director, self-advocates, boards of directors and community leaders.

  • Permanent recognition and premier placement on Donor Wall.

  • Free lifetime membership.

  • Choice of personalized gift item.

  • Recognition through press release, Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media, event t-shirts and signage.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

Legacy Advocates - Gifts of $50,000 and above

  • Naming rights of one of DSAW’s major legacy programs or endowed funds.

  • Private reception with executive director, self-advocates, boards of directors and community leaders.

  • Permanent recognition and premier placement on Donor Wall.

  • Free admission and premier seating at all attended DSAW major events.

  • Free lifetime membership.

  • Choice of personalized gift item.

  • Recognition through press release, Annual Report, newsletter, website, social media, event t-shirts and signage.

  • Thank you letter for tax purposes.

What are some examples of how my donations are used?

Can I write this off on my taxes?

Yes. Your contribution is tax-deductible up to the fullest extent allowed.

When will I see the payment in my account each month?

The payment will occur at the same time every month, on the monthly anniversary of the day you signed up.  

Can I adjust the amount I give?

Yes, you are to free to change your giving amount at any time. Simply contact us, by calling 414-327-3729.

What if I decide to end my contribution? How would I stop the monthly contributions?

Yes, you can end your monthly contributions. If there’s any way we can improve your experience first, please let us know. We value your participation and support in all our programs.

However, if you do decide to end your monthly contributions, all you need to do is contact us to make the change. You also have the option to adjust your giving level, if you’d prefer. You can reach us by calling 414-327-3729 or emailing ExecutiveDirector@dsaw.org.

I have an idea for this program. Who do I contact?

Fantastic! We welcome new ideas and invite you to give us feedback. Share your thoughts with us on this program by emailing ExecutiveDirector@dsaw.org.

What else can I do to support DSAW and families with Down syndrome?

There are many opportunities to volunteer with DSAW. Several events throughout the year require additional staffing, and several programs are in need of another volunteer on the committee. Whether you’re near or far, we can always use your help in managing a project or just thinking of new ideas. Click here to submit an easy-to-complete volunteer form.

Have other questions about the Sustain 21 program? Let us know!

We want to make sure we answer any and all your questions about the Sustain 21 giving campaign. Contact us by calling 414-327-3729 or emailing ExecutiveDirector@dsaw.org.