Founders Circle


 Join today to get your Founder’s Circle Mug

It’s a great way to enjoy your morning coffee and our favorite conversation-starter!

Jillian & Emerson with their mug!

Join the Founders Circle


Founder's Circle

5 years after CEF started, a group of CEF volunteer Advocates came together to form the CEF Founders Circle.

Members of the Founders Circle contribute a monthly amount to CEF in order to help support our work and sustain our impact. Giving $10, $25, $45 or even $75 per month is a huge contribution towards CEF’s work, leveraged and multiplied by our 250 current volunteer advocates.

Join the Founders Circle!  All supporters are welcome to join this circle of friends helping to make long-term change possible for CEF’s Members and Advocates alike.

Meet your fellow Founders:

Bonus Points: Founders Circle donors receive a special commemorative coffee mug. Limited edition!


Is my donation secure?

Absolutely. The security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donations. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations, and we will only share personal information if you have given us specific permission to do so.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. CEF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization ( EIN: 27-0428981) and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Do I get a receipt?

A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide on this form. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes. If you select a recurring donation, you will be sent an individual receipt each month when your donation is processed.

What does my donation support?

As a volunteer-based organization, our operating costs are minimal. Your financial support will go directly towards matching CEF Member’s savings, building personal assets and facilitating sustained transitions out of homelessness and poverty. Donations help cover costs associated with our education programs, including printing, copying, coffee for classes, and graduation ceremonies. Your contribution will also provide stipends to program graduates to return to CEF as teachers, and pay key program staff to provide the consistent, one-on-one support our members deserve.
CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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