UMC #GivingTuesday 2015
On Tuesday, December 1, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. And, once again, every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on December 1 will be matched up to $1 million. Donations made between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Central Time (CT), 10 p.m. (Pacific Time on November 30) to 9:59 p.m. (Pacific Time on December 1) could receive matching funds. The theme is "Activate love. Transform lives. Change the World."
The California-Nevada Conference is encouraging donors to consider two particular destinations for #Giving Tuesday gifts. One is Imagine No Malaria. "We are so close to meeting our conference goal of $2 million," said Conference Superintendent for Mission Collaboration, the Rev. Linda Caldwell. Mission service chair, Sylvia Phon, says, "The campaign ends December 31…and this is our opportunity to make one last big push to go over the top." The Conference is within $100,000 of reaching the $2 million goal. The campaign ends on December 31.
The second Giving Tuesday destination the conference is promoting is United Methodist missionaries. According to Howard Parker, the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, "An anonymous local donor has agreed to match Giving Tuesday gifts up to a total of $5000 for each of two missionaries from our annual conference, Brenda Vaca and Marilyn Chan." This local matching is in addition to the national matching available from Global Ministries. "A Giving Tuesday gift to either of these two," according to Parker, "potentially will be multiplied by four, with the combination of the local and national matching."
The Rev. Brenda Vaca serves the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church for the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Marilyn Chan serves in Cambodia, working in women's livelihood and empowerment.
On Giving Tuesday in 2014, a third missionary from California-Nevada Conference, Katherine Parker, was awarded an additional $10,000 to the Advance project of her choice, because she raised $11,000 on Giving Tuesday, more than any other missionary. The same incentive is offered again this year. According to Parker, "The local matching funds can make both Brenda Vaca and Marilyn Chan competitive for this added incentive."
For a full list of project of The Advance, click here.