Dec 22 2010

Donate in honor of a loved one

Donate in honor of a loved oneThis Christmas season, have you considered a donation in honor of a friend or family member?

When you make a donation to CFCA in honor of a loved one, you are also giving families living in poverty the gift of hope.

Your contribution will support and strengthen our programs with children, youth and the aging around the world.

You can even print off a card to let the person you are honoring know about your gift.†Click here to make your donation.

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Dec 16 2010

Fox 4 KC features Matthew giving $375 in birthday money to CFCA

Matthew Garr

There’s a great report from Fox 4 KC about Matthew Garr, 11, from Lenexa, Kan.

He contributed $375 in birthday money to his family’s sponsored child, Magdalena, in Guatemala. Magdalena is also 11 years old.

What you may not know is that Matthew has done this three years in a row!

We have followed the progress of this remarkable young man in two previous blog posts as he donated money to CFCA from his ninth, tenth and now 11th birthdays.

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Dec 9 2010

CFCA receives birthday donation from 9-year-old

This precious letter from the daughter of two CFCA sponsors made our day!

Zoe

ìDear workers at the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging,

My name is Zoe. I am donating some money toward this foundation. My family sponsors Ariel, so I thought that it would be nice to collect money for the Christian Foundation.

I have been collecting money or items for different businesses for five years now. I ask for items or money for different businesses at my birthday parties. This year, on my ninth birthday, I asked for money for this business instead of birthday presents.

I collected $80.00, which you will find enclosed in this envelope.

I am glad to be helping people like Ariel. So are Mom and Dad.

Sincerely,
Zoeî

A word from her parents: “Zoe decided on her own to collect money for her birthday for CFCA, and she wrote her letter to you on her own – we did not help. Also, since this picture was taken, she donated her hair to “Locks of Love” in honor of her grandma who is a cancer survivor.”

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Dec 29 2008

Rewards from 2008; blessings for 2009

Thank you, CFCA sponsors and donors, for all of the support youíve provided this year to our friends and families around the world. The gifts youíve given and love youíve shown to the children, youth and elderly living in poverty have made an enormous difference in their lives, the lives of their families and in our own lives. Itís a success that the whole CFCA community can share

To qualify for a 2008 tax deduction…
Online credit card contributions:
Midnight Central time, Dec. 31
Automatic bank withdrawal, online or by phone:
2 p.m. Central time, Dec. 30

What weíve done together
Even in the face of the economic downturn, we have achieved so much. With your support, weíve helped children go to school for the first time, and weíve helped older youth finish school. Weíve helped mothers give their families nutritious food to eat. Weíve provided roofs for houses, and materials for home repairs. Grandparents receive vital health care, children get to visit the dentist, and communities of CFCA parents are strengthened by the opportunity to learn income-generating skills or start small businesses.

We have partnered with our friends through sponsorship. Weíve also helped through donations to special funds. And through the Sponsorship Assistance Fund, weíve helped fellow sponsors continue their sponsorships during rough times like job loss and health issues.

Good news from 2008
We began 2008 with good news. Together, we reached the $100 million revenue milestone — a testament to the trust sponsors place in CFCA as good stewards. Itís really remarkable that each of us giving about $30 a month can make such a huge impact.

CFCA is also recognized for our commitment to responsible stewardship by three of the leading nonprofit watchdog agencies. We received the highest rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator; we met all 20 of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Allianceís rigorous Standards for Charity Accountability; and we earned the American Institute of Philanthropyís A+ rating, the only organization listed in the child-sponsorship category to receive an A+.

And another achievement we can all feel especially good about: We will begin 2009 with more sponsors and more sponsored friends being helped than we had a year ago.

Year-end contribution deadlines
As much as we have done, there is more that we can and will do together. To celebrate the end of the year with a contribution and qualify for a 2008 tax deduction, here are the deadlines:

  • Online credit card contributions: Midnight Central time, Dec. 31
  • Automatic bank withdrawal, online or by phone: 2 p.m. Central time, Dec. 30

A blessed new year ahead
We are grateful for your compassion and partnership with CFCA. Together, we are making a difference in each life we touch. Together, we make the world a better place for everyone.

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