United Methodists are invited to sustain the spirit of Thanksgiving into the Advent season.
The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries announced that for one day only, on December 3, 2013, as part of "Giving Tuesday," gifts made online to any project through The Advance will be matched.
Marie Kuch, who chairs the communication and development committee of Global Ministries’ board of directors, shared her excitement. “My U.S. context is dominated by a consumer-driven frenzy within hours of Thanksgiving,” she said. “With the Giving Tuesday initiative and matching funds, we have extra incentive to remember what the Advent season really means and to redirect some of our retail-shopping money to a better purpose.”
The Advance is the denomination’s giving channel that ensures that 100 percent of each gift supports the project designated by the donor. More than 850 Methodist-related projects and more than 300 missionaries are supported by The Advance; all of them have gone through a rigorous review process and are accountable for how funds are used.
Global Ministries announced it will allocate the “matching funds” dollar for dollar up to the first $500,000 in gifts to Advance projects received online on December 3, 2013, between 12 a.m. EST and 11:59 p.m. A maximum of $10,000 per individual gift to a project will be disbursed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $50,000 in matching funds.
Give on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at UMCmission.org/give.
How to help Holston ministries:
Consult this brochure for Holston-related ministries supported through The Advance. Only those with GBGM codes qualify for the "Giving Tuesday" matching gift. Type in numeric codes on the UMCmission.org/give search bar, or in some cases it's possible to search by name.
Here are some Holston-related ministries (with codes) qualifying for matching funds on Dec. 3:
Church & Community Workers
Brooke Atchley 3021859
Mark Stransky 803003
Koni Purscell 982931
South Sudan ministries
South Sudan Shalom Ministry for Orphan Care 3020787
Micro-Finance Empowerment 3021289
Bee Keeping and Animal Livestock 3020638
Building Churches and Nursery Schools 3021297
Pastor Support 3021431
Yei Community Health 3020758
Diantha Hodges 982456
Special instructions for Diantha Hodges
1) Go to http://www.umcmission.org/Give-to-Mission/Search-for-Projects/Projects/982465
2) Click on GIVE NOW
3) Look for drop-down box near top of page
4) Click on "Hodges, Diantha" in the list of Individual Volunteers
5) Complete the information for your gift
Project Crossroads 781380
Jubilee Project 781350
Ishe Anesu Project/ Maria Humbane 13071A