The General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) was among the nonprofit, corporate, and civic groups invited to a recent event at the White House to promote #GivingTuesday, which will be Dec. 2.
#GivingTuesday seeks to provide an alternative to traditional holiday shopping. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people around the world donate to charitable causes.
The movement originated in 2012 from the United Nations Foundation, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and the Microsoft corporation.
In 2013, United Methodists gave $6.5 million dollars to The Advance, a channel for second-mile, designated giving to numerous missions across the Church.
This year, GBGM will match up to $1 million* in gifts made online Dec. 2 through the link www.umcmission.org/give for Advance projects.
And an Advance special award will go to the annual conference that raises the most Advance funds online that day.
"The United Methodist Church raised more money last year than any other organization," said Shawn Bakker, GBGM deputy general secretary.
"We were invited to the White House to share the story of how United Methodists were mobilized to give and the impact that the generosity has had on mission throughout the world."
For promotional resources, go to www.umcmission.org/givingtuesday.
(*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. GBGM will allocate matching amounts, dollar for dollar, to donations received online Dec. 2 between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST.)
— United Methodist News Service
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