Memorial & Tribute Giving

Looking for a meaningful way to honor or remember someone you love? You and your family can contribute to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress in a loved one’s name.

Memorial contributions to the MDSC are another way for people to keep their loved one’s memory alive by helping the organization achieve its critical mission, ensuring that individuals with Down syndrome are valued, included, and given opportunities to lead meaningful lives in the community.

We will notify you of each gift made in your loved one’s name, and acknowledge each person who makes a contribution.

How to Make a Memorial or Tribute Gift

To make a memorial or tribute gift today, click here for online donations, or mail checks, payable to MDSC, to 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803.

For more information contact:
Elaine Crowley
781-221-0024 ext. 203
ecrowley@mdsc.org

Named Funds

Named funds are established by contributing $50,000 or more in the name of the donor or in another individual’s name. These funds support MDSC to achieve its critical mission, ensuring that individuals with Down syndrome are valued, included and given opportunities to lead meaningful lives in the community. Donors may also direct their gifts to general donations, which supports ongoing operations of the MDSC.

For more details on personalized naming opportunities, please contact Maureen Gallagher, Executive Director, at 781-221-0024 or mgallagher@mdsc.org.

Sultan J. Begum Masood, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

The Sultan J. Begum Masood Fund

The Sultan J. Begum Masood Fund at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress is founded in memory of Sultan J. Begum Masood, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Through the fund, she continues her legacy of supporting her family – particularly her children and grandchildren – by supporting families with Down syndrome for years to come. Funds generated through the Sultan J. Begum Masood Fund are used to support key programmatic initiatives at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, including the Advocates in Motion for Teens and Young Adults Program, the Self-Advocate Advisory Council, the Your Next Star Initiative and the MDSC’s Family Support Center.

To make a donation to this fund or to learn how to set up your own named fund, please contact Elaine Crowley at ecrowley@mdsc.org.

Gary Charles Pappalardo

The Gary Charles Pappalardo Fund

The Gary Charles Pappalardo Fund was announced on June 6, 2019 at the MDSC’s 6th Annual Advocacy Day. The fund is named in memory or self advocate Gary Pappalardo, 1964-2019.

The fund recognizes that Gary’s love for his community and his advocacy skills along with the support he received from his family paved the way for others who are born with Down syndrome to have the lives they truly deserve.

“When Gary was born in 1964, families often had nowhere to turn to get information, support and guidance on how to help their children,” said MA Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jane Ryder at the ceremony. “Fortunately, Gary was surrounded by people who truly cared about him and were able to ensure he had a long meaningful life.”

The funds from the Pappalardo Fund will extend Gary’s legacy by providing more opportunities for people with Down syndrome and their families in Massachusetts, making a profound impact on the work MDSC does in the near and distant future for people with Down syndrome across the lifespan.

Gary’s beloved aunt, Sara Fogg, was in attendance to receive a remembrance award.

Matching Gifts

Did you know your contribution to the MDSC may be matched dollar for dollar or even doubled or tripled by your employer? Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage their employees to support charitable organizations.

To find out if your company has a matching gift program and will match your gift to the MDSC, contact your Human Resources department. We are happy to provide you with all the information you need.

Mail your completed form to:

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
ATTN: Matching Gifts
20 Burlington Mall Road
Suite 261
Burlington, MA 01803

More Information:

Elaine Crowley
781-221-0024 ext. 203
ecrowley@mdsc.org

Circle of Giving Society

When you make an annual gift to the MDSC of $500 or more, you become a member of the MDSC’s Circle of Giving Society, part of a select group of contributors who play a crucial role in advancing our work.

Gifts of Stocks and Bonds

Donating appreciated stocks or bonds to the MDSC is sometimes more advantageous than gifts of cash. Here’s why:

  1. You avoid paying capital gains taxes when you contribute appreciated stocks or bonds directly to the MDSC.
  2. You deduct the full value of the stock or bond as a charitable contribution, saving income taxes and lowering the effective cost of your gift.
  3. The full value of your gift of stocks or bonds helps the MDSC and the people we serve, while you receive a significant tax break.

If you are planning on giving a gift of stocks or bonds to the MDSC please email plannedgiving@mdsc.org or call (781)221-0024.