Not-for-Profit Status & Governance

Stepping Stones Network is a program of Oasis Productions, a 501c3 faith-based organization that can receive tax-deductible donations. The organization is governed by three to five Governing Board members and up to ten Development Board members.  If you have interest in a Board position, please contact suzanneb@steppingstonesnetwork.org.

Community Engagement

The work of assisting individuals and families who have suffered the horrific traumas of sex trafficking is costly and “takes a village”.  But, what is a life worth?  In God’s eyes, every life is a treasure and worth every effort and cost to be redeemed and restored. Therefore, a key focus for Stepping Stones Network is to engage the community to work together to help with everything from fundraising, serving clients, presenting educational materials, etc.  We operate with around 40 ongoing committed volunteers at any given time, many of who have been dedicated for multiple years and make their service a priority in their lives. Stepping Stones Network also has several social networks, businesses, and churches that regularly partner with us. We initiated Community Collaboration meetings amongst social agencies and are an active member of the Lake County Human Trafficking Coalition, Alliance for Health & Human Services, Partnership for a Safer Lake County, and the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance.  We also engage through email and social media platforms.

Fundraising

Our approach to fundraising includes grant-writing, events, and reaching out to individuals and organizations through our email, social media, and community engagement network.  Our primary funds include Butterfly Fund, Monthly Giving  ($24 to Restore), and Church Giving (25 to Thrive).  We hold an annual event in November, Festival of Trees, in partnership with designers and corporate and family sponsors.  Post-Covid, we intend to launch a second annual event, The Butterfly Ball, targeting professional women in the city of Chicago.

We pursue foundation and competitive grants and have been generously funded by the Robert & Aimee Hombach Foundation, Community Purse, Grainger Foundation, and Lake County Community Trust.

 

Financial

Our 2021 budget is $525,000. We file annual Federal and IL AG 990’s. Our fiscal year is Jan 1 to Dec 31.

Staffing & Operations

We operate with a flexible staff mix of full-time and part-time employees, contractors, and incredibly committed volunteer leaders who behave like employees.  Our full-time employees are all dedicated to direct client service.  To keep administrative costs low, our management and operations team are all part-time or committed volunteers.