Raise Funds Via the Re-Launched UMCMarket
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) re-launched the online shopping portal, UMCMarket, using more advanced technology and faster delivery of donations. United Methodists who shop the thousands of retailers available can generate donations to support their local churches.
The enhanced user experience will offer quicker access to status reports, regular distribution of micro-donations and the addition of hundreds of savings offers for participants. Moses Kumar, top executive for GCFA says, “When we launched UMCMarket in 2012, we were confident that the people of the church who shop online would support and utilize it as an innovative way to raise funds for the ministries of local United Methodist churches. ”With the new program, each church or ministry will start with a new account.
All donations generated prior to July 13, 2015 on the previous platform will be paid out before the end of 2015. GCFA will begin working immediately on issuing checks to the various ministries until each church or ministry is paid their total amount due from the previous provider. The look of the new site for micro-donations has changed, but the foundational functionality and benefits remain the same.
Existing users will sign up to establish an account with the new provider and designate the ministry they choose to support.
All users will be able to watch an overview video and review frequently asked questions prior to signing up. An online marketing toolkit is provided to help participating churches communicate this information to their audiences.