Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Critical week for Center for Arizona Policy

In this issue:

1) Critical Week for CAP - We Need Your Help Today!
2) Donate Today!

1) Critical Week for CAP - We Need Your Help Today!

The week between Christmas and New Year is always a critical week for us - watching, praying, and waiting to see whether we will end the year adequately funded with the resources needed to meet the tasks ahead. We're thankful for a year full of God's guidance and faithfulness. We're eagerly awaiting a New Year filled with new challenges and opportunities as we seek to protect, defend, and preserve our families.

As of this morning, we still need $200,000 to meet our 2008 budget goal. We need your help to close this gap. Throughout CAP's history, a significant part of our annual budget is raised the final week of the year. Meeting this budget goal will enable us to effectively begin implementing our strategic plans for 2009. Otherwise, I will have to put some plans on hold.

I take our stewardship responsibility very seriously. Like you, we're all concerned about the economic challenges facing so very many families. Already in 2008, I've restructured our staff and programs to cut our budget significantly. I placed a freeze on staff salaries and new expenditures. The restructuring effort will continue in 2009 as I will not add new team members to fill the positions left open by the resignations of Peter Gentala and Jennifer Clark. You have my commitment that I will lead CAP with a continued, strong commitment to serve Arizona families through wise stewardship of the resources we're given. But we cannot fulfill our mission without financial resources.

On January 12, a new legislative session begins with solid pro-life majorities in the Arizona House and Arizona Senate. By the end of January, Secretary of State Jan Brewer will become our new governor with the anticipated resignation of Governor Napolitano. A new governor and new legislature mean significant new opportunities for Arizona families to pass good legislation. CAP is ready, willing, and able to lead the charge!

But we cannot lead without your prayers and, yes, your financial support. Join us in prayer that God will provide us the needed $200,000 to enter 2009 having met our budget goal. If you have already given - thank you!

2) Donate Today!

If you haven't yet had a chance to make a year-end donation or if you can make another donation, there's still time to make a donation that can count as a 2008 tax-deductible gift:

Make a gift online using our secure online form at www.azpolicy.org by 11:00 PM, Wednesday, December 31.
Call our office at (602) 424-2525 by 5:00 PM Wednesday to give a gift over the phone. Or call us to find out how to drop off a gift or have us pick up a gift.
Mail a gift to CAP, 7227 N. 16th Street, Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85020. To count as a tax-deductible gift for 2008, it must be postmarked by December 31.

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