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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0 thoughts on “Make an impact for CFCA in 30 seconds”

  1. Sponsoring a child in need through CFCA is a double blessing for me and the child and her family I help. I feel like I’m doing my small part to help lift their burden of poverty a little bit, and build a friendship also. I hope to do more someday. If everyone could do a small part and help their neighbors – what a difference we would see in this world!

  2. Paul and I are sponsor 13, that’s lucky 13. We first sponsored 2 yr old Alexander from Colombia in 1981. We have been sponsors of numerous children ever since. Currently, we sponsor Glenda (Guatemala), Mercy (Africa) and Javier (Honduras). Across the world, we are able to touch a life through CFCA and bring hope to a family. Across the world, we know a family is praying for US. This is the real deal, if we all did our small part, we could improve one child’s, one family’s circumstances. They did not choose to live in poverty, we can help them.

    We still think about Alex today, he should be about 32. The children become a part of you and are never forgotten. God Bless CFCA. If you are looking to make a difference and need an organization to trust, and partner with, this one certainly has been a good fit for us! Thank you.

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