Ways to Give

There are several other ways that you can contribute to STAR:

  • Annual Fund

  • Membership

  • Gifts in Honor or Memory

  • Sponsorship

  • Special Events

  • Gift of Securities or Insurance

  • Will or Bequest

  • Corporate Matching Gift

  • Donations of Time or In-Kind Services

  • IRA Rollovers

Contributions may be made by cash, check, credit card, on online at Paypal.

We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. Please donate to STAR


STAR’s members and friends ensure that our services remain a reality in the lives of infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Click here for more information about becoming a member of STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way....




Fay McBrayer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Your generous donations allows STAR clients the opportunity to experience and enjoy community-based, cultural programs they would not otherwise afford or experience. Examples of programs include: dance classes, art classes, tennis lessons, acting classes, horseback riding classes and horse care, fitness/gym classes, animal programs at nature centers, pottery classes, aquatic fitness, trampoline classes, computer classes, cooking classes and more. 


Annual Fund

The generous annual support of these donors allows STAR the opportunity to continue its growth and service to the community.


Gifts in Honor or in Memory

Commemorate family or friends with a special gift that supports STAR, Inc. When you make a memorial or honor donation, STAR sends a card to the family or honoree acknowledging your thoughtful donation. You can add a personalized message to the card. You receive a confirmation when your donation has been received and the gift card has been sent.This is a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, wedding or other special occasion for the person who has everything or as a tribute to the life of a loved one that perpetuates their memory while helping our neighbors who have disabilities.



You earn a maximum return on your contribution by providing a sponsorship donation. When you sponsor a fundraising event for STAR, your gift is acknowledged in marketing and publicity materials for the event, and your initial gift helps ensures a proportionate return of additional donations brought in by the event. The two largest fundraisers held each year are our Galaxy of Stars Gala Dinner Dance and Auction and the STAR Walk, Roll & Stroll.


  • Sponsor a Table

  • Corporate Sponsorship

  • In-Kind Sponsorship

  • Event Sponsorship

  • Sponsor a Fundraiser


Gifts of Securities or Insurance

You can take advantage of tax benefits by giving a gift of securities to STAR. Contact Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director at kbanzhaf@starinconline.com for more information.


Will or Bequest

A gift to STAR via will or bequest provides several advantages:


  • Tax deductible for estate tax purposes

  • May place your estate in a lower tax bracket

  • Allows you to specify how funds are used, whether for a specific program or general purposes


To add a bequest to your will, your lawyer would includea statement such as the following:

“I give, devise and bequeath to STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way” for its generalpurposes 25%
(or whatever percentage) of the residue and remainder ofmy estate, both real and practical.”


“I give, devise and bequest to STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way” the sum of $______
to be used for the general purposes of the organization.”

Contact Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director at
for more information.


Corporate Matching Gift

Make the most of your donation dollars by taking advantage of your organization’s corporate matching gift, if one is available. Your donation is essentially doubled or tripled, making maximum use of your gift.


Donations of Time and In-Kind Services

Whether you have a few hours available each week, month or year, your gift of time or in-kind services are valuable to the STAR community.


You can help out STAR:


  • By volunteering to assist with mailingsBy volunteering at special events

  • By helping to raise membership and visibility at summer festivalsor tables outside area businesses

  • By joining a committee for one of our special events

  • By joining our board and providing an in-kind donation of your professional services

  • By providing an in-kind donation of trade skills such as plumbing, carpentry

  • By making an in-kind donation of in-house printing services

  • By making an in-kind donation of tee shirt printing for special events

  • By making an in-kind donation of sign/banner printing for our special events


Click to see and read more about volunteers

For more information about how you can help out at STAR,

contact Megan Johnson at mjohnson@starinconline.com.


IRA Rollover

Donors can now gift up to $100,000 from their IRA's to support charities.


The Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 was passed in the House and in the Senate. With bipartisan support, the bill makes permanent several tax extenders that help donors support their favorite charities. PATH was signed by the President on December 18, 2015.


Two of the permanent charitable provisions that help STAR are:


1. IRA Charitable Rollover - Each IRA owner over the age of 70 1/2 may make a transfer of up to $100,000 per year to a qualified charity. IRA charitable rollovers are tax-free and not included in adjusted gross income. The IRA charitable rollover may fulfill part or all of your required minimum distribution (RMD).


2. S Corporation Appreciated Gifts - A Subchapeter S corporation maygive appreciated stock or land to a charity. Only the basis of the S corporation in the donated asset will be used to reduce the shareholder basis, even though full fair market value deduction is claimed by the shareholder.


The permanent IRA Charitable Rollover is good news for all philanthropists. Donors may now plan to help their favorite charities. Because the IRA rollover is not reported in taxable income, it is a convenient and simple way to help charity, reduce your adjusted gross income and simplify your tax return.