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Aug 8 2012

Does CFCA qualify for employer matching gifts?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. Does CFCA qualify for employer matching gifts?

A. Absolutely! Employer matching gifts are a no-cost way to double, triple or quadruple your contributions to CFCA.

To find out whether your company has a matching gift program, use our online search tool or ask your human resources department.

If your company qualifies, it’s simply a matter of completing a paper or online form through your employer’s human resources department or an affiliated third party.

Your matching gift forms are then submitted for processing and forwarded to CFCA for verification of your contribution(s).

Once your contribution is verified and approved, the matching gift is paid directly to us, which we note on our records. You should receive an acknowledgment from us concerning your contribution.

Where the matching gift money goes Read more

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Dec 19 2011

Giving the gift of sponsorship this Christmas

By Shanxi Omoniyi, web editor and writer

Margarita, CFCA sponsored aging, and sponsor David Pumphrey on mission awareness trip to Chile

Margarita, left, is sponsored by David, right, and Jen Pumphrey. The Pumphreys visited Margarita during a 2011 mission awareness trip to Chile.

If, like me, you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts for friends and family, why not consider giving sponsorship as a gift?

Many of our sponsors have been calling us to ask whether they can gift a sponsorship to their nieces, grandchildren or other relatives.

Longtime CFCA sponsors Tom and Gerri Hiestand recently set up a new sponsorship for their 14-year-old granddaughter Ally.

With this process, Ally will receive correspondence from their sponsored friend, Sendy from Honduras, while Tom and Gerri pay the monthly sponsorship contributions.

“One of the nicest things, I think, will be the correspondence between the kids,” Gerri said. “We have another granddaughter, and we’ve mentioned both of our granddaughters in some of the letters to our older sponsored children. The adopted children always seem quite interested in knowing more about their lives. In this way, it can be a really direct communication between all our children.”

Tom said growing up today in the U.S. can be a very materialistic process. He said that he and Gerri hope this gift will encourage their granddaughter to know that other people may not have enough for their daily needs, and that she can help.

Sponsorship is a practical way to reach out and meet the needs of those living in poverty around the world, he said.

“We can all easily get wrapped up in our own little world, and this is a good way for our youth to realize there are a lot of folks in need out there,” he said.

If you’d like to give someone a sponsorship, please call us at (800) 875.6564 or email info@cfcausa.org.

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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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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 14 2010

Unique Christmas tree ornaments gain CFCA sponsors

Want to share the good news of CFCA this Christmas season?

CFCA volunteers Stan and Dorothy Hubbard did just that at an alternative gift fair recently. They used a red tablecloth and sign provided by CFCA, but they also went one step further.

After scanning photos of children from the folders we sent them, they made the photo into a matching Christmas tree ornament, which was hung from a tabletop Christmas tree on their table.

Whenever someone signed up for sponsorship, the new sponsor got to take the matching ornament home to hang on their family’s Christmas tree.

CFCA Christmas ornaments

Stan Hubbard operates the gift fair table promoting CFCA.

The children who were sponsored at that fair have just received an awesome gift this Christmas ñ food, clothing and access to education!

Here are Dorothy’s instructions for making your own ornaments featuring your sponsored friend:

1) Purchase inexpensive, clear plastic acrylic ornaments from a local craft store.
2) Remove (carefully) each picture from the respective folder.
3) Duplicate each picture using the “copy” function on a printer (she did 6 pictures to a page).
4) Laminate the pages. (This step may be unnecessary; Dorothy did it to preserve the photo.)
5) Cut out each photo in the shape of a circle.
6) Roll the cut photo into a cylinder shape and insert inside ornament. A bamboo stick can be used to straighten the picture.
7) Tie a red ribbon in a bow and add a small silver bell.

CFCA sponsors, we appreciate your comments! How do you remember your sponsored friends during the Christmas season?

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