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STEP is Growing

“Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation has been a partner to STEP since the early days and are proud of how the agency has strategically grown its mission and capacity. We are proud of our relationship and the work STEP does with military and Veteran families. San Diego needs this expansion, and we are happy to invest our Foundation's resources and the Zable good name in their continued success.

-Warren Magill, President, Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation

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Building Capacity

Applications for our services have surged, and the cost of living has risen. We are handling our highest-ever case load. The time to build capacity is now. 



In October of 2022, STEP quietly launched a $6.5M strategic campaign to dramatically increase our organization’s capacity to serve junior enlisted military members in financial crisis, and their families.

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increase in Emergency Financial Assistance applications

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Raised towards our $6.5M

goal already

Dozens of community members came together to advise STEP on our plans to build capacity and expand services.


As of November 1, 2023 our stellar Campaign Steering committee has raised more than $4M towards our ambitious goal.

Support of this Capacity Building Campaign has an immediate impact on those we serve

The Capacity Building Campaign Will Provide:

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Expansion of Team STEP to serve an additional 600 clients annually

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Increased Emergency Financial Assistance funds

Ownership of STEP’s new, larger San Diego headquarters


Renovations & equipment for a more efficient warehouse

I Want to Learn More

We are grateful for the support of the following lead donors whose commitment to STEP’s mission and values is evidenced by their leadership gifts to this effort.


Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation

The USS Midway Foundation

David C. Copley Foundation

The Michael O. Donoghue Fund

Ellen and Bob Svatos

STEP Board of Directors

Your support will help fulfill our mission. To learn more about STEP and the Capacity Building Campaign contact

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