Your donation goes straight to work supporting survivors on their path to safety, stability, independence and well-being. Thank you!

Over half of our annual budget comes from donors like you, while the other half comes from government contracts and grants. All our services are provided for free.

The Second Step is a designated 501(c)3 organization (Tax ID 22-2868513).

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How to Donate

Mail a Check:

The Second Step
P.O. Box 600213
Newtonville, MA 02460

Credit Card:

Make a secure credit card payment online.


Please email or call 617-916-2758

Join our Sustainer’s Circle by making a credit card payment online and choosing the “monthly” option. Your monthly gift provides steady and dependable funding for The Second Step’s highest priorities, providing critical services for survivors of domestic violence. You will receive monthly electronic receipts and an annual tax receipt in January summarizing your giving for the year.

Matching Gifts:

Double (or even triple!) your impact with a matching gift from your (or your partner’s) employer. Please contact your human resources department for more information.

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Donor Advised Fund

If you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), please consider making a gift by recommending a grant to The Second Step. Make a donation directly through DAF Direct. (DAF Direct currently facilitates grant recommendations from donors of Fidelity Charitable®, Schwab Charitable®, and the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund®) Our Tax ID/EIN is 22-2868513.

Gifts of Securities

If you would like to help survivors by donating stock, please send to the following:

For benefit of: The Second Step
Vanguard DTC: #0062
Brokerage Account #36337638
Vanguard Brokerage Services

Please inform our Development department of stock transfers so that we may properly acknowledge your gift. You may contact us directly: Call 617-916-2758 or email

Qualified Charitable Distributions

A Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) is a tax-advantaged way for individuals who are 70 1⁄2 years old or older to make charitable contributions directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to eligible organizations. Please consult with a tax advisor or financial planner to ensure compliance with current rules and to determine how QCDs might fit into your overall financial and philanthropic strategies.

Planned Giving

When contemplating the option of planned giving, we invite you to consider the profound and enduring impact that a legacy gift can have on The Second Step’s mission. To explore the various ways you can make a lasting difference through planned giving, we recommend reaching out to your financial advisor. They can provide you with comprehensive information tailored to your unique financial situation and objectives, ensuring that your philanthropic contributions align with your long-term goals. Your financial advisor can guide you through the process of making a commitment that ensures a bright, safe future for generations to come.

Is my donation and credit card information secure?
Yes, the security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. Please see our Privacy Policy for more detail on how your information is handled.

Is my donation tax deductible?
We are a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for income tax purposes. Please consult with your tax adviser or the IRS to determine whether your contribution is deductible.

How do I know that my donation was made successfully?
Following the successful submission of your donation, an automatic gift receipt is sent to the email address you provided. Please be sure to keep a copy of the receipt for tax purposes. If you choose to make a recurring gift, you will receive an individual receipt following each processed payment.

Is my donation private?
Your privacy is our priority. If you wish to make your gift anonymously, please select this option at the time of your donation.

Frequently Asked Questions
Get Involved
At The Second Step, we rely on our community to help survivors of domestic violence reach safety, stability, and well-being. Your contribution to this effort is critical.
Fundraise for The Second Step

Interested in raising funds to benefit The Second Step? There are many ways you can support survivors through your own fundraiser. Please contact the Development team to share your creative fundraising ideas and to learn more:

Thank you for investing in our work! Your partnership helps the individuals and families we serve remove obstacles to independence, rebuild their lives, and achieve long-term safety, stability, and wellbeing.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Wakefield (she/her), Director of Development at 617-916-2758 or

The Second Step is a designated 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID is 22-2868513.

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Call us at 617-965-2538