Civil Air Patrol
Field Fundraising Newsletter
October 2019
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Inside this issue...
Maj Gen Smith's challenge, Facebook fundraising, Wreaths Across America, AFA grants, Foundation news, and questions from the field
Will Your Wing Win?
Maj Gen Smith Issues Challenge
At our recent National Conference, Gen Smith issued a friendly challenge for wings to grow the number of members and extended family who participate in employer matching gift programs. More dollars translates to more impact for our members and our missions.

More than 19,000 companies will match employee and retiree contributions, as well as, match volunteer hours given to Civil Air Patrol. Last fiscal year, nearly a quarter of a million dollars was raised for local units and CAP programs.

All you have to do is search and follow the instructions!
“Leroy R Grumman Cadet Squadron has been the recipient of IBM grants since 2009. I retired after 36 years and have been submitting my CAP volunteering hours and requests for grants since then. Currently my squadron has received over $10,000 in IBM grants. 

As a result of these grants and the returns from our contributions to Wreaths Across America, we have become financially independent to the point that we now do not charge any dues (squadron and Group) to our members nor charge new members for all their uniform accessories (all non-sized items) we order for them. In addition, we supply all new members with zip cases, logo pens and pads and logo string backpacks at no charge . “
Respectfully, Lt Col A. E. McLaughlin Jr., CAP
Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron – NER-NY-153

We held a Matching Gifts webinar earlier this month. If you missed it or need a refresher to promote to your members, click the link below.
Facebook Fundraising
Now Available for Squadrons!
In order to meet your supporters in the places they frequent, it makes great sense to consider Facebook, especially with the platform’s addition of specific fundraising tools and donation options.

Now Civil Air Patrol units can raise money via Facebook....but you MUST follow CAP guidelines and processes for FB Fundraising to receive designated funds.
'Tis the Season For
Wreaths Across America!

Civil Air Patrol has an important partnership with Wreaths Across America. This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 14.
The development team is seeking a national staff level Wreaths Across America coordinator. Apply today or refer an eligible member.
Join us! Wreaths Across America Webinar

10/16/19 7:00pm - 10/16/19 8:00pm

Key staff from Wreaths Across America will present best practices for this year's program and answer questions. Webinar is CST.
I'll be there!
Maybe, send me a reminder that day!
I am unable to make it
Air Force Association Grants

The Air Force Association (AFA), CAP's partner in aerospace/STEM education, works to assist K-12th grade educators initiate and perpetuate aerospace, STEM projects and programs with an annual  $500 competitive grant program.
Find an AFA chapter to assist in the classroom and help with a nomination for the AFA Teacher of the Year program (at the chapter level, which comes with a $250 award; at the state level, which comes with a $500 award; and at the national level, which comes with a $3,000, $2,000, or $1,000 award).

Civil Air Patrol Foundation
Board of Trustees Announcement

Three trustees, including a new chair, have been selected for the Civil Air Patrol Foundation, intended to be a repository of gifts meant for investment in CAP’s future.

Paul Graziani, a former member of CAP’s Board of Governors; Col. Raj Kothari, commander of the Michigan Wing; and Lt. Col. Richard Flowers of the Florida Wing were approved at a foundation meeting at CAP's in August. The trustees’ service on the 15-member board began immediately.
Member Fundraising Question
Q. "I see that CAP provides grant funding for scholarships. Does CAP also fund grants to squadrons for major purchases of equipment?"

Submitted by 2nd Lt . Denise Morgan,

A. Currently, we do not have a grants program for local squadrons. This is one of our “dream/wish list” items in the Development office at NHQ, and we just need to find the right donor to make it possible.
Support CAP
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #24876)

What is CFC?

CFC stands for Combined Federal Campaign, and it’s the workplace-giving program for federal workers of all kinds. All federal employees at any level in any part of the country, including active-duty military, can participate. Also think about civilians in the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, FEMA, NASA, USPS, and a host of other departments and agencies run by the three branches of government.

How does it work?

Each fall, charities promote their programs to federal employees, supported and encouraged by the CFC itself (which is run by the federal Office of Personnel Management). Federal workers get the chance to designate one or more charities through an online system in their workplace, and can contribute any amount they like from each paycheck through payroll deduction or donate by check. CFC then collects the money and sends it to the charities.
Tributes and Memorials

The Civil Air Patrol giving webpage offers donors the ability to make gifts in memory or honor of someone special. Donors who use the links below may specify their gift to a local unit. Tribute gifts made through this link are listed in each issue of the Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine.

Share the links on your unit's webpage.
Civil Air Patrol Development

Kristina E. Jones, M.A., CFRE
Chief of Philanthropy

Donna Bass Maraman
Development Coordinator

Maj. Lisa Myrick - CAP
Deputy Chief of Field Fundraising
(334) 953-9003 Direct
(833) IAM-4CAP Toll-Free