Scott Sherman via Crowdrise
January 21, 2015
BENEFITING: CENTER FOR URBAN FAMILIES INC
Dear Family and Friends,
As some of you know, I turn 60 on December 26th. To mark the event and in lieu of presents or parties, I am raising money for the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore non-profit to which I have been deeply committed since 2007 and where I serve on the Board and chair the Program Quality Committee.
Would you please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to CFUF on this occasion?
I will match all of your donations up to $30,000, for a round (and numerically appropriate) $60,000. But there’s more! Anonymous CFUF donors, through the Fund for Our Future Campaign, will match our $60,000, dollar for dollar, for a total of $120,000. In other words, if you donate $1,000, your effective donation would be $4,000.
Donations can be made online here at crowdrise.com, where we can all follow our collective fundraising progress. I will cover transaction fees deducted by crowdrise.com so that your total intended donations are put to work by CFUF. If you wish to donate directly to CFUF (by check or through a donor-advised fund), your contribution will still be included in the online goal “calculator” if you mention my 60th.
Read more about the Center below or on CFUF’s website at www.cfuf.org. And I’d be happy to take you to visit a CFUF class – I can promise you a memorable experience.
Thank you very much for considering this idea.
More about CFUF
Over the past 15 years, CFUF has helped more than 27,000 men, women, and children along the path to family stability and economic success. Three-quarters of our workforce development graduates obtain employment, with approximately half getting jobs within 90 days of graduation. Our 2013 program graduates who were employed, initially earned an average of $10.88 an hour compared to the minimum wage of $7.25. We’re also making progress in our Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood and Couples Advancing Together programs. From 2011-2014, for example, CFUF helped guide our clients in paying an estimated $100,000 in child support.
At our 2014 Urban Visionary Awards, the Graduate of the Year Derrick Liggins gave an impromptu speech in which he said, “CFUF provided the information, and I had the motivation, which equaled opportunity.” These programs work; they make a difference in the lives of our clients and in the communities in which you and I live. As they say, we’re all in the same boat.
For more about President Obama’s visit to CFUF, see: http://warnockfoundation.org/2013/05/president-obama-visits-the-center-for-urban-families/