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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May 12 2008

Seventh consecutive 4-star rating!

We’re excited to report that CFCA has received its seventh consecutive 4-star rating, the highest rating possible, from Charity Navigator!

According to Charity Navigator, less than 1% of the charities that Charity Navigator has rated have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations.

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Christian Foundation for Children and Aging from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” wrote Michael Smith, Charity Navigator’s chief operating officer. The rating indicates “that Christian Foundation for Children and Aging outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible.”

To our sponsors and donors, thank you for your continued trust. We strive to use all funding in the most efficient, trustworthy manner. We’re happy that Charity Navigator agrees!

For more information about CFCA’s 4-star rating, please visit the Charity Navigator Web site.

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