Ways To Make a Donation

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Throughout the year, Advocates conducts fundraisers as well as hosts an Annual Appeal to raise funds to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  Funds raised are earmarked to hire additional support staff for the children and adults that are on Advocates’ waiting list. 

Advocates empowers people to manage their Self-Direction Budgets; offers Family Reimbursement, Family Training, Service Access, Medical Advocacy, and Family Recreation through Family Supports and Services.  As such, Advocates believes that people with intellectual or developmental disabilities deserve to live in their community where they have the opportunity to participate in their home, schools and communities.


Donations can securely be made online with a credit card through our PayPal account. All online donations support Advocates.

Planned Giving

It is important that Advocates is able to meet the needs of future generations.  Help us serve the needs of generations to come.  Contact us to learn more about the ways that a planned or deferred gift can build a bridge to our future and ensure that Advocates will remain strong for the future.

Tribute Gifts

A tribute gift is a gift to honor or remember someone. You can make a tribute gift for a special occasion, like a birthday, graduation, anniversary or wedding. You can also make a tribute gift in memory of someone who has died.  If you would like to make a tribute gift and would like us to notify someone that you made a gift in their honor or in memory of a loved one, please provide us with the details, and we will be more than happy to send a card to tell them of your gift to Advocates.

Workplace Giving Campaign

Workplace giving is an easy and efficient way to make tax-deductible donations to Advocates.  Donations are taken directly out of your paycheck. Designate Advocates for your next workplace giving campaign! Wills, Bequests, Retirement Plans and Life Insurance: these are the most popular types of planned gift programs.  Check with your company’s Human Resources Department.

United Way

United Way provides a valuable philanthropic service to hundreds of health and human service organizations. Through their donor designation program, they collect, process and transfer donations on behalf of hundreds of Central New York nonprofit organizations.  Please designate Advocates, Inc. when making your gift to the United Way.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are a type of corporate giving program that essentially doubles an employee’s initial donation to an eligible nonprofit organization.  This is a great way to make an impactful contribution to Advocates.  To find out if your company will match gifts, please check with your HR Department.


An excellent way for you to support Advocates’ mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.  There are a number of ways you can make a bequest to our agency through a Specific Bequest, Percentage Bequest, Residual Bequest, or a Contingent Bequest.  Please consult with your financial advisor.

Questions may be directed to Advocates at (315) 469.9931.


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