Source: Child Foundation, Portland, Oregon - December 2011
As we begin to close out another year, it is with a great sense of honor and gratitude that I shall report to you some of the remarkable work your dedicated staff at Child Foundation were able to accomplish in 2011 on your behalf and through your unwavering help and support throughout the year.
As you all know, this year's global economic picture was marred by an unusually severe downturn and level of uncertainties the likes of which we had not seen in decades. What was really unfortunate, though, was the fact that even as these hard times were fast descending upon the poor and ordinary folks, alike, a lot of charitable and humanitarian organizations and people who depended on them were also falling victim to the same financial crunch everyone else was experiencing in the country, at the same time.
Thanks to your support, Child Foundation was one of the very few charities that were spared from the worst of the financial meltdown, even managing to post a modest 12% increase in donations compared to the year before! It was through your generosity and continued faith in our work that we were able to defeat the odds during these tough economic times, and instead, keep building, and keep empowering young lives toward a better and brighter future. This year, for example, with your generous support, we were able to establish an entire computer school in Afghanistan while significantly increasing the number of children under Child Foundation sponsorship in neighboring Iran. We are also quite proud of our huge accomplishments in the field of networking and social media technology. Through this effort, we were able to substantially expand our global presence resulting in a much larger pool of donors and potential sources of funding now spanning some 30 countries around the world.
On behalf of all the children who are benefiting from these additional programs today without knowing who these angels of generosity are, I thank you, and I salute you. But, please realize that our job is not nearly done, and this is just a beginning. Whether in Iran, or Afghanistan, or Indonesia, or Haiti or right here in the U.S. there are countless children, right now, who are in desperate need of the type of help and assistance we provide. Today, as our hearts are warmed by the spirit of the season, it is truly the best time to consider helping one more child, or perhaps increasing the monthly donations to that special child that you are already helping, or simply making a one time general donation for one of many other programs that we are currently running that are also in need of additional funding. Remember, in order to receive your 2011 tax benefit, it is important that you act now. That way, you are sure to receive your year-end tax receipt in early January reflecting a complete summary of all donations you made to Child Foundation in 2011, including this one.
In closing, let me wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, and a very happy and prosperous New Year. We at Child Foundation are most grateful for the opportunity to serve children and are very much touched by all that you have done in service to these needy and precious sectors of the world over.
All the best,
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