Friends and Funders

Stepping Stones is a 501(c)3 non-profit children’s museum.  More than 50% of the museum’s revenue comes from corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants and individual giving. We rely on donors like you to keep our mission going.

Open Arms Accessibility Initiative

At the heart of Stepping Stones is a dedicated commitment for all children and families to access museum offerings known as Open Arms. Open Arms serves more than 50,000 guests each year, supporting multicultural and multilingual interests, free or reduced fees and other important needs. More than 1.3 million individuals have participated in this outstanding program since the museum opened in March 2000.

We need your support.
Please make a donation today!

Top benefits enjoyed by children who spend time at Stepping Stones or participate in our educational workshops or classes

  • Stepping Stones is a vital “third space” providing children with a safe, inclusive environment to learn and build literacy skills in the landscape that exists between school and home.

  • Uncover their own capabilities and interests, and discover they can use their voices to contribute to their communities and improve the world around them.

  • Become lifelong learners and build confidence, social-emotional skills and the resiliency needed to overcome challenges.

  • Learn critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork that will help them become innovators and leaders in adulthood.

  • Develop a sense of stewardship and agency for the environment.

You make a difference – here's why.

Fundraising Events

Sponsorship Opportunities

Many generous corporations, businesses and organizations support the important work in the museum and throughout the community. If you are interested in sponsoring a museum event, exhibit or educational programming, please contact Vice President of Integrated Brand Management, Carolyn Knott, at 203 899 0606, ext. 225.

Companies Who Care Partnerships

Local businesses can sponsor the museum to receive publicity throughout the year and benefits for their employees. To learn more, click here.

2023 – 24

Companies Who Care Partners

Level 1
$1,000+
  • Bigelow Tea
  • BMW of Darien
  • Bob's Discount Furniture
  • Cummings & Lockwood
  • Lux Bond & Green
  • Orem's Diner
  • SMG Corporate Services
  • Splash Car Wash
  • The Golf Performance Center
Level 2
$2,500+
  • Conair LLC
  • Day Pitney LLP
  • EMCOR Group, Inc.
  • First County Bank
  • Garavel Auto Group
  • General Re
  • Krauss Whiting Capital Advisors LLC
  • Linde
  • Ridgefield Thrift Shop
  • Ring's End
  • Saratoga/Blue Triton Brands
  • Terex Corporation
Level 3
$5,000+
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Connecticut Children's
  • Eversource
  • Nuvance Health
  • Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
Level 4
$10,000+
  • Tauck