Tag: outreach

Feb 15 2011

Make an impact for CFCA in 30 seconds

People want to donate to a worthy cause and often rely on a personal referral to help them choose the charity. A great way for CFCA sponsors to provide that personal reference is through something called an ìelevator speech.î

Volunteers Dick and Daffy Shaw

Volunteers Daffy and Dick Shaw present a sponsorship folder to a friend.

An elevator speech is a message you can deliver in the amount of time it normally takes to ride an elevator between floors ñ about 30 seconds.

Itís a way to gather your thoughts about a cause that is important to you and be prepared to respond to those who want to help.

For example, Maine resident Nancy Hill decided to become a CFCA sponsor because of a 30-second conversation with a FedEx delivery person on a routine stop.

The delivery person casually mentioned her sponsorship and invited Nancy to check out CFCA. Nancy did, and soon afterward became a sponsor.

Take a moment to write a sentence or two answering these three questions:

  • What is the problem?
  • How does CFCA help solve this problem?
  • What can the listener do to help?

This is your elevator speech. Hone it by practicing it aloud until it feels natural and comes from your heart.

You can inspire someone to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship just by mentioning that you are a sponsor. And it only takes 30 seconds of your time!

Example: “Poverty isnít just difficult, itís dehumanizing and doesnít give people the chance to live up to their God-given dignity. Being a CFCA sponsor gives me the opportunity to be part of the solution and gives my sponsored child a chance to live up to their true potential. If you want to be part of the solution, please look at the folders I have and sponsor a child, youth or aging person in need.”

Sample of a message to share in an email†or through social media: “Christian Foundation for Children and Aging is an international sponsorship organization that helps families living in poverty in 22 developing countries.

I am a CFCA sponsor and I really like knowing that my monthly contribution of $30 provides basic necessities for my sponsored friend and family while helping them create a better future.

Helping someone through sponsorship costs less than $1 a day, or the cost of a cup of coffee. If you have ever thought about sponsoring someone in need, I encourage†you to take a look at CFCA by visiting their website at†www.hopeforafamily.org and choosing a child to†sponsor online.”

Want to share your elevator speech with us? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment on this post about how you describe CFCA and its work to your friends and family.

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Sep 8 2010

CFCA invites you to take the Hope Challenge

CFCA's Hope Challenge

We have many children, youth and elderly friends waiting for sponsors through CFCA. Weíve promised to do our best to help them, but itís been tough finding new sponsors in the current economic climate.

So how do we answer this challenge? With hope and your help.

We need your help getting the word out to people in your community. Here is what we are asking you to do from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15:

1. Ask us for a sponsorship kit. Contact the outreach volunteer team at 800.875.6564 or cfcaoutreach@cfcausa.org. The kit includes folders (let us know how many youíd like), a CFCA tablecloth, a tabletop sign and a promotional poster. The folders each include a family profile and photo of a child, youth and aging friend waiting for sponsorship, along with information about CFCA.

2. Host a sponsorship table. Where? At your church, civic group meeting or book club gathering ó wherever you find people of good will.

3. Host a sponsorship party. Invite friends and family to your home and introduce them to sponsorship. You can tell them about your own experience and share your pictures and letters received from your sponsored friend.

4. Take this challenge using social media. Pass along the word about CFCA through your Facebook page, blog site, Twitter account and any other social media outlets youíre using.

5. Try. Thatís all we ask. One, two, five or 10 new sponsors make a huge difference when we all put forth an effort!

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