Tag: stewardship

Sep 18 2012

7 ways you can help CFCA cut costs

We assign the highest reasonable amount of available resources to the direct benefits of sponsored friends, which is why more than 93 percent of our expenses go toward program support.

CFCA mission awareness trip to Guatemala

Glendy, left, a sponsored child, hugs Rebecca, who was visiting Guatemala with her family as part of a CFCA mission awareness trip. Rebecca’s family has sponsored Glendy since 2011.

Here are some ways sponsors and supporters can help us keep our overhead low:

1) Use our Automatic Payment Plan.

Sponsorship contributions made through CFCA’s Automatic Payment Plan are safe, secure and reduce our costs.

Printing, postage costs and bank fees continue to increase and currently average 84 cents for each sponsorship payment made by check. In contrast, the cost for an automatic bank withdrawal is less than 3 cents.

Automatic payment also helps sponsors to:

  • Save on postage and the time it takes to mail their contribution.
  • Never miss a payment ñ their contribution is automatically processed each month.
  • Reduce paperwork ñ electronic payment is environmentally friendly.

Click here if you want to sign up online. (If you haven’t already, you will need to log in to your online sponsorship account.)

Enter the amount of your monthly sponsorship payment and click “Make payment.”

A pop-up question will ask, “Would you like your sponsorship contributions paid automatically each month?”

Choose “Yes,” and your first monthly payment will be added to your contribution basket. You can adjust the amount and the frequency of your payment, if you prefer to pay on an annual, semi-annual or quarterly basis.

As you proceed through the checkout process, you will be able to choose which payment account you want to use (or add a new one). See the other six ways

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Apr 10 2012

With your help, we’ve sent $1 billion in overseas support

Eliakim and Rebecca in Kenya

Eliakim, left, and his sponsor, Rebecca Shaneyfelt. Rebecca visited Eliakim on a CFCA mission awareness trip to Kenya in February 2012.

Great news, everyone! As of April 2012, weíve sent $1 billion to the field in support of our programs to help sponsored children and aging friends around the world.

(Read our news report here: CFCA reaches milestone in supporting families)

We’re deeply humbled and grateful for the support of everyone in our community for making this possible.

As stewards of the money you, our sponsors and donors, entrust to us, we’ll continue our commitment of sending the highest reasonable amount of available resources directly toward program support.

We also will continue to honor our co-founders’ commitment to put the needs of those living in poverty first.

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen put it this way at a CFCA board meeting:

“We want to promote a new view of globalization, one in which we put into international motion a true sharing of the resources of God’s creation. We want the resources and goods of this earth to favor unity, not separation. In our preferential option, we favor the poor.”

Because of their perseverance and the support from more than 628,000 sponsors who have “walked” with us, we’re the organization that we are today. We’re excited to see where the next 30 years will take us.

As always, thank you so much for your support!

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Nov 10 2010

Walking in solidarity with our CFCA sponsors

By Ruth Hubenthal, CFCA Sponsor Services

I love talking to sponsors. Not only do I work at CFCA, but Iím a sponsor too.

Sponsors are hard-working, extraordinary people with big hearts and open minds.

You will see many stories about how amazing our sponsored members and their families are, about how they struggle to overcome difficulties, and live day to day to raise their families. But you know, CFCA sponsors are just as amazing.

Ruth Hubenthal

Ruth Hubenthal

You see, sponsorship is not just about sending a monthly amount of money, although this is very important. It is about having a respectful relationship with someone you may never meet.

So many sponsors have lost a loved one, but rather than shutting down their hearts, they open them up and allow sponsored members and their families a share of that love and compassion.

That takes courage. That takes passion. And I am fortunate enough to hear these stories every day.

The amount we as sponsors send each month may not be a whole lot. However, to sponsors like me who have babies, or to sponsors on a monthly pension, it takes budgeting, commitment and patience to send that amount.

But sponsors see what good stewardship CFCA dedicates itself to, and they know in their hearts that itís the right thing to do. Itís worth every penny.

Our president and co-founder, Bob Hentzen, is in the midst of his walk from Guatemala to Chile to show solidarity with sponsored members and their families.

Everywhere you go in the CFCA world, solidarity walks are taking place.

Sponsored members and their families in the Philippines, India, Mexico, Kenya and other countries are all walking to show that they are a true part of this community of compassion.

But you know what? They are also walking in solidarity with their sponsors.

They are walking to show their support of the incredibly brave, generous people who are giving them a second chance ñ their sponsors.

They are walking in solidarity with you.

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