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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
By nsbyrer @ 4:42 PM :: 3785 Views :: Article Rating :: T/MC
 
Make a personal giving plan
Pick a tutor/mentor program and make a commitment that for the next ten years you will provide an annual gift of 1-5% of your income. Start as low, or as high, as you choose. If your income goes up, so does your gift. If it goes down, so does your gift.

Put a tutor/mentor program in your estate plan
Either the government will get it, or a charity can get it. It won?t all go to your children. We?d like to see a tutor/mentor program that's trying to build children into self-sufficient get it rather than a university that already has a huge endowment fund.

Encourage payroll giving
Cabrini Connections and many other tutor/mentor programs are listed in Federal, State and local workplace giving campaigns where millions of workers make weekly contributions to the charity of their choice. Many companies now allow donors to designate a charity of their choice for their workplace giving. Make sure your employees and friends know of this choice.

Be creative
In October one volunteer ran in the Chicago marathon and donated $1,000 in pledges to Cabrini Connections. Another friend asked wedding guests to send contributions to Cabrini Connections instead of gifts to her wedding. A long term friend, Karen Glazer, was given recognition by her company and asked that the cash award go to Cabrini Connections. In December one volunteer invited friends to a "charity" party and raised more than $2,000. These are examples of what others are doing. Why not share part of the office party budget with a tutor/mentor program? We think there are thousands of organizations who could spend 10% less and make an annual contribution of that amount to a tutor/mentor program.
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