Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Word About One-Time Gifts

Well, it's only been 4 days since we launched the campaign to fund the Anslay Church of God Child Survival Program, and we have already been so encouraged by a number of e-mails and phone calls from those of you who have committed to support the needs of babies and families in Mbulu, Tanzania.

We have also received some excellent questions, so we wanted to take a moment to address one of them regarding the issue of one-time (versus monthly) gifts. Our initial e-mail stressed the need for us to seek out sponsors who are willing to commit to a $20 monthly donation. We chose to primarily focus on this aspect since the CSP's sustenance beyond the first year is absolutely vital for the ongoing health and developmental needs of mothers and their newborn children.

With that said, a base of $4,500 is also needed to officially start a program where a CSP does not yet exist. This is right where we find ourselves with the Anslay Church of God project. We can reach this number either by receiving a certain number of monthly commitments (19) or through the accumulation of one-time gifts. Both are certainly welcome, and this post is meant to serve as a brief tutorial for people who would like to provide a lump-sum gift.

To begin, interested givers would need to initially go to the Anslay Church of God CSP website. Once there, you would simply need to click on "Child Survival Program" in the sidebar to the left of the screen (illustrated in the screenshot below).

Clicking here takes you directly to a page (illustrated in the screenshot below) that allows you to securely make a one-time gift in any amount that you wish. It's as simple as that!

It is important for us to note at this point that your gift will go directly to the Anslay CSP even though no explicit reference is visible on this page. Gifts are automatically diverted to this specific project because it is directly linked to the Anslay Church of God CSP website where you initially entered. Though you are welcome to indicate special instructions by clicking on the box marked "I have special instructions regarding this donation" at the bottom of the one-time giving page, there is no need to do so since the information is already being tracked.

As always, we welcome your questions and comments, and we'll always do our best to respond to them quickly and accurately. This is an encouraging and exciting time, and we look forward to partnering with you in the days and weeks to come!

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