Category Archives: Ask Sponsor Services

Jan 27 2012

How do I help CFCA, continue providing for my sponsored friend?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. If something happens to me, how can I help CFCA and continue to provide for my sponsored friend?

A. Whether through a current gift, will, trust, retirement fund or life insurance policy, you can support the ongoing work of CFCA and also provide for the continuation of sponsorship benefits, emergency assistance or higher education for your sponsored friend.

Planning today using our estate planning tools can make a lasting impact for years to come.

We are here to help with any questions you or your advisers might have regarding estate gifts to CFCA. Contact Michael Calabria at (800) 875-6564 or giftplanning@cfcausa.org, or visit hopeforafamily.org/estate for suggested language and beneficiary information for your attorney to include in your estate documents.

We assign the highest reasonable amount of available resources to directly benefit sponsored friends. See our financials and the consistently high ratings we receive from independent charity evaluators.

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Dec 11 2011

Why doesn’t CFCA have programs in the United States?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. Why doesnít CFCA have programs in the United States?

A. CFCA was founded in 1981 to work in developing countries because two of the founders, Bob Hentzen and Jerry Tolle, had worked in Latin America and witnessed conditions of extreme poverty in which the most basic life needs went unmet.

Social assistance programs similar to those in the U.S. are often not available in communities where CFCA is present.

Education may not be free. Parents must often pay enrollment fees, or buy books, uniforms and supplies they cannot afford. Many children donít visit doctors because of the cost of care.

CFCA’s Hope for a Family program provides benefits tailored to the needs of sponsored friends, such as nutritious food, education, health care and livelihood programs for families to help them build a path out of poverty.

In developing countries, the contributions of CFCA sponsors go a long way toward providing these vital services.

CFCA does strive to serve the local community at its headquarters in Kansas City, Kan., through participation in several programs, including an internship program for underprivileged high school students and collecting personal-care items for a homeless shelter.

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Dec 5 2011

Why shouldn’t I send packages to my sponsored friend?

As Christmas approaches, many sponsors want to know why we discourage them from sending packages larger than 9- by 12-inches and more than an inch thick.

Gift packages to sponsored children and aging friends

A gift package to a CFCA sponsored friend in El Salvador. The estimated value of the items was $10, but it would have cost $75 for staff members to claim the package.

Here’s a real-life example why:

Santa Ana, El Salvador

The import office in Santa Ana recently notified Henry Flores, director of our communications center in El Salvador, that a package had arrived addressed to CFCA.

Normally the CFCA staff does not retrieve packages from the import office because the fees are too costly.

But Henry went this time because he was anticipating some camera equipment sent by our staff in our Kansas City headquarters.

When the package was opened, Henry was surprised to see it contained a fishing tackle box and fishing supplies.

The importing office gave Henry a receipt and told him it would cost CFCA-Santa Ana $75 in fees to claim the package, $50 for the importing office and $25 estimated taxes.

(Taxes are based on the total of the value of the contents, plus the U.S. postage amount and the customs cost stamped on the package. The sponsors also sent a fishing pole, but for some mysterious reason, it arrived at the projectís post office box and bypassed customs.)

The receipt shows the estimated value of the items at $10. The senders paid $40 in U.S. postage.

Add the cost of claiming the package, and you end up with $125 for $10 worth of fishing gear that will never reach the sponsored child.

Henry left the package at the customs office. It will eventually be auctioned off by customs along with other unclaimed items.

If you’d like to make Christmas special for your sponsored friend, you can always write a personalized eLetter or donate to our Christmas fund.

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Nov 7 2011

Handy infographic about CFCA awareness trips

We get a lot of questions about CFCA awareness trips – before, during and after the actual trip!

Some of the most common questions are: “How many sponsors go on these trips?” and “How many sponsored children and aging friends have actually met their sponsor?”

To answer these and other questions, we’ve created the following infographic for you. Enjoy!

CFCA mission awareness trips infographic

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Oct 26 2011

3 ways to explore CFCA volunteer opportunities

Todd Bachamp, CFCA sponsor and volunteer

Todd Bachamp, CFCA sponsor and volunteer.

Sharing your sponsorship experience is a great way to help others get involved in CFCA.

You can make a difference in the life of a child just by telling family, friends and your community what your sponsored friend means to you.

The CFCA Outreach Volunteer Team is here to assist you along the way. We have materials that can help you spread awareness at work, school, church or elsewhere in your community.

Across the United States, more than 4,000 CFCA sponsors volunteer their time to support CFCA events or create their own ideas to raise awareness and invite others to sponsor.

Here are three easy ways you can learn about volunteer opportunities.

  1. Subscribe to our blog to hear volunteer stories and experiences.
  2. Sign up for our volunteer eNewsletter to get quick tips.
  3. Contact cfcaoutreach@cfcausa.org, and we’ll let you know whenever a CFCA event or weekend presentation is in your area.

“I enjoy volunteering for CFCA because I realize the blessings that I have received, and that God calls me every day to share his gifts with others,” says Joy from Walnut Creek, Calif.

Check the blog often for more ways to talk about our Hope for a Family sponsorship program with others and have an impact on our world today!

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Sep 9 2011

How can I make Christmas special for my sponsored friend?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. How can I make Christmas special for my sponsored friend?

A. You can write a special message related to Christmas to your sponsored friend, perhaps with a family photo or card.

(A new feature this year is to send an eLetter once you’re logged in to your online sponsorship account!)

Another option is to donate to the CFCA Christmas Fund.

One hundred percent of your donation goes to provide Christmas celebrations and gifts for all children and aging friends in the CFCA program. Many of our projects also include families of sponsored members in the festivities.

Donating to the CFCA Christmas Fund is a very special present and is easy to do. Donate online, call Sponsor Services at (800) 875-6564, or use your remittance form from your sponsorship receipt.

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Aug 25 2011

What happens when my friend leaves the sponsorship program?

Sponsorship can last several or many years, as long as your friend remains eligible for the program and you choose to continue.

If your friend is attending school, including trade school or college, eligibility for benefits may continue.

At some point, your friend will leave the program. Here are some reasons why:

  • Graduation. When sponsored friends have achieved their educational goals and graduated from high school or university, they receive a loving farewell and celebration by CFCA staff.
  • Family moves from the program area. Our offices in the field cannot serve families once they have moved from the area where our program is.
  • Sponsored friend leaves school to begin working. We place a high value on education, and in most cases someone must be in school to be sponsored. We encourage families to understand the importance of education and to continue their children in the sponsorship program as long as possible, but it is always the family’s choice.
  • Familyís economic situation improves. Our sponsorship program is based on the needs of each family. If the family becomes self-sufficient enough not to need sponsorship, that’s cause for celebration!

Whether the departure is expected or not, CFCA will always notify you. In 90 percent of cases, the sponsored child or field staff members also send a final letter describing the reasons for the departure.

If this occurs, we hope you will sponsor someone else who needs support, but you are under no obligation.

In case you’ve already paid for quarterly or yearly sponsorship benefits, CFCA will automatically select someone else (based on need) to receive the sponsorship benefits you’ve paid for in advance.

However, you can always contact us at any time to cancel the sponsorship. We’ll always respect your decision.

If at any time you find you are unable to continue sponsorship, please let us know so we can find another sponsor for your friend. Thanks, and we appreciate your support.

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