Nov 1 2011

‘Faces of CFCA’ for November, upcoming Twitter chat

Catarina and Bruce Fontenot, CFCA sponsor

The next “Faces of CFCA” profile picture is up on our Facebook page!

Pictured from left are Catarina, sponsored in Guatemala, and her sponsor, Bruce Fontenot from Louisiana. The Fontenot family has sponsored Catarina since 2007.

Want to submit your photo for the next “Faces of CFCA” profile picture?

We’re hoping for something Christmas-related for December, so if you have any photos with a Christmas or holiday theme, we’d love to see them!

To submit, simply email a .jpg photo file (the higher the resolution, the better) to cfcacommunications@cfcausa.org.

Include your name and your preferred form of contact (phone, email, etc.) in case we have any questions about your submission.

Twitter chat

In other social media news, CFCA is having another Twitter chat at noon Central time on Nov. 7.

This month’s topic will have a Thanksgiving-related theme about things we’re grateful for but can sometimes take for granted.

Updated Nov. 8 - Read the highlights: “What are you thankful for but often take for granted?” on Storify

Thanks again for your support!

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Oct 6 2011

5 ways to share CFCA on Facebook

We can’t thank our sponsors enough for sharing CFCA and our work using their Facebook accounts!

A growing number of people are hearing about us from their friends, especially through social media outlets like Facebook.

We’ve outlined five ways that you can share CFCA through Facebook. If you’re a Facebook pro, this may be a little rudimentary for you.

But we hope everyone learns something from this. Even Facebook pros can be surprised by its quirks!

1) “Like” us on Facebook.

If this button still appears whenever you visit our Facebook page, it means you haven’t “liked” us yet!

Clicking on the “Like” button will allow you access to post to our Facebook wall, view other comments from sponsors and gain greater interactivity and engagement with our page.

2) “Like” or comment on one of our Wall posts.

By clicking on the “Like” button just beneath a Wall post, that shows other people that you appreciate the item.

It also tells Facebook that this is a Wall post other people like, which can help us reach a wider audience.

If you comment, you add a little message of your own that other people see when they view this Wall post.

3) “Post” on our Wall.

You can write a text message (post), share a photo, copy and paste a website link, and even share a video on our Facebook Wall.

4) “Tag” us in a status update or photo.


On your personal Facebook profile, you can update your status and “tag” our page using the @ sign.

After the @ symbol and as you start typing our page’s name, a window similar to this should pop up. Once you click on our Facebook page, the following window should appear:

5) “Share” one of our Wall posts, a photo album, a video or event.

By clicking the “Share” button, you can choose whether to post this on your personal profile Wall, to a Facebook group or other organization, or even send a private Facebook message to one or more of your friends.

You can also write a personal message before you share it.

And even the text in the Wall post can be changed, if you like:

As an added bonus, check out this video that shows how you can “share” one of our photo albums of children who are waiting for a sponsor!

http://www.youtube.com/cfcausa#p/u/6/ZwPs173kxdE

Anything we’ve missed? Feel free to suggest other ways in which people can share CFCA through Facebook!

Related links

CFCA social media policy

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Oct 1 2011

New ‘Faces of CFCA’ picture for October

Faces of CFCA: Jane von Dohre, sponsor, with Joel and Irma

The next “Faces of CFCA” profile picture is up on our Facebook page!

Pictured are, from left, Joel; his mother, Irma; and Jane Von Dohre, who recently visited the family on a mission awareness trip to El Salvador. Jane lives in Ohio and has sponsored Joel since 2001.

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted pictures for this profile picture series. We have more than enough photos to last us for the next six months, so if you’ve submitted a picture, it may be a little while before it appears on Facebook.

To submit, simply email a .jpg photo file (the higher the resolution, the better) to cfcacommunications@cfcausa.org.

Include your name and your preferred form of contact (phone, email, etc.) in case we have any questions about your submission.

Thanks again for your support!

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Sep 1 2011

New ‘Faces of CFCA’ picture for September

Merton Garrison and his CFCA sponsored child, Daryeling

The next “Faces of CFCA” profile picture is up on our Facebook page!

The photo is of Merton Garrison and his sponsored friend, Daryeling, from Nicaragua. Merton, who lives in Washington, sponsored Daryeling while on a 2011 mission awareness trip to Nicaragua.

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted pictures for this profile picture series.

All the photos are beautiful and exactly what we wanted to convey ñ the friendship that develops between CFCA sponsors and those they sponsor.

We have more than enough photos to last us for the next seven months, so if you’ve submitted a picture, it may be a little while before it appears on Facebook.

To submit, simply email a .jpg photo file (the higher the resolution, the better) to cfcacommunications@cfcausa.org.

Include your name and your preferred form of contact (phone, email, etc.) in case we have any questions about your submission.

Thanks again for your support!

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Aug 1 2011

Introducing ‘Faces of CFCA’ on our Facebook page

CFCA Facebook profile picture of Kim Hope and NayeliMany of you may have already noticed our Facebook page‘s new profile picture!

The photo is of Kim Hope and her sponsored friend, Nayeli, on a recent mission awareness trip in the Dominican Republic.

It’s the first of a series of profile pictures, which we’re pleased to introduce as the “Faces of CFCA” series.

We’d love for you to submit pictures of you and your sponsored friend for us to consider as the next “Faces of CFCA” picture.

Even if you haven’t been on a mission awareness trip, you can still participate. Try putting a picture of your sponsored friend close to your face, as in this sample photo of Michele Batliner, a CFCA communications staff member, with a picture of her sponsored child, Betty, in Kenya.

To submit a picture, simply email a .jpg photo file to cfcacommunications@cfcausa.org. Include your name and your preferred form of contact (phone, email, etc.) if we have any questions about your submission.

We’ll collect all the submissions, feature them in a Facebook photo album, and select a new picture each month.

Thanks so much, and we’re excited to see your submissions!

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Jul 12 2011

An explanation of CFCA social media policy

We love social media at CFCA!

Through our blog, Facebook page and Twitter account, we get to share and discuss stories from sponsors and sponsored friends around the world.

CFCA social media policy

While social media is a wonderful tool for building community, CFCA has set boundaries when it comes to social media communication between sponsors and sponsored friends.

We take the protection and privacy of our sponsored friends and sponsors very seriously, which is why we don’t allow sponsors and their sponsored friends to be in direct communication through social media.

Just as children and adults in the U.S. are made aware of the risks of social media and other types of Internet communication, we want children and families in our program to have the same awareness and protection.

To ensure that all communications with sponsored children and elderly are appropriate, and also to protect the privacy of our sponsors, our field staff monitors all correspondence. That’s why letter writing is currently the only approved form of communication between sponsors and sponsored friends.

If you’re a sponsor, it’s important that you don’t contact your sponsored friend through Facebook, Twitter, Skype, email or any other direct communication.

If your sponsored friend attempts to contact you or sends you a “friend request” on Facebook, don’t accept it or enter into any kind of direct communication. You are our partners in helping us keep everyone safe.

If you’re sponsored through CFCA, it’s important that you don’t contact or look for your sponsor through social media channels. Contacting or trying to contact them is against our rules and could place your sponsorship in jeopardy.

If you’re sharing about sponsors or sponsored friends on social media, please refer to them by first name only and by his or her country without naming a specific city, school, etc.

We know that many of you already know our social media policy and abide by it. Thanks so much for your understanding and continued cooperation.

As the use of social media expands, however, we want to remind our readers of our policy and the important reasons behind it.

Questions? We always enjoy hearing from you, so feel free to comment below. Thanks again!

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Jun 8 2011

CFCA Sponsorship Wall of Fame on Facebook

Thanks to the support of our Facebook friends, we’ve found sponsors for 35 children and elderly by featuring their profiles on our Facebook page.

Our friends then share these profiles with their family and friends who might be interested in sponsoring.

It’s a fantastic way to spread the news about CFCA sponsorship and help make a difference in childrenís lives!

View the “CFCA Sponsorship Wall of Fame”

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