UMC Giving Tuesday
On December 2, 2014, United Methodists are invited to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. This is a single special day when thousands of United Methodists come together to support selected ministries or projects whether in their backyard or across the world.
When you make an online donation on December 2, you will unite with others to maximize impact! Every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on this day (11:00 p.m. December 1, 2014 through 10:59 p.m. December 2, 2014 Central Standard Time) will be matched up to $1 million.*
In 2013 during the first UMC #GivingTuesday, United Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5 million online. Through The Advance, 11,000 individuals and churches in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts to mission and ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, maximizing the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one day to transform the world.
Alternative Christmas Giving
When Methodists are united, we additionally provide an alternative to the consumer-driven shopping traditions in the United States of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. UMC #GivingTuesday offers an opportunity to begin the holiday season by giving instead of getting, by supporting organizations and missionaries that have been researched and approved by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. And 100 percent of all gifts made through The Advance are given directly to the designated project.
As we approach the holiday-giving season, UMC #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of cheerful Christian giving by making a donation through The Advance. Break out of the consumer-driven shopping traditions and start the holiday season by giving. Consider these alternatives or generate your own:
- Ask that Christmas gifts be made as a donation in your name to your favorite Advance project and encourage friends and family to make a gift on December 2 to maximize the impact through matching funds.
- Identify projects and missionaries that have special meaning to the people on your Christmas list and make a Christmas gift in their honor on December 2. You can design or purchase a card that reflects the project theme or include a photo of the missionary. If you want to present a wrapped gift, accompany the note with a token representation of the project (a framed map of the region, a water bottle for a water project, a hammer for a construction project, etc.).
Thank you so much for your faithful support and for maximizing your impact by making a generous gift on December 2 at www.umcmission.org/give.
* Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on December 2, 2014, between 11:00 p.m. December 1 and 10:59 p.m. December 2 CST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.