Financial Initiative Benefits Local Church Members

Date Posted: 6/24/2013

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Office of Corporate Partnership is announcing a new program. UMCmarket will allow members of The United Methodist Church the opportunity to shop online at some of their favorite places while generating a donation to their local church.

UMCmarket – Online shopping to benefit the local church
UMCmarket, an online shopping community designed especially for members of The United Methodist Church, provides a portal to access popular retailers. Members can shop online whenever they want. With each purchase, a percentage of the sale can go to the church the shopper chooses. Membership is completely free and it takes less than a minute to join.

The benefit of the program is that a shopper can designate his/her own local church to receive a percentage of the sales. For information on how a local church can add the link to their website, contact

Bobby Lee Smith, manager of corporate sponsorship and UMC Giving, said, “GCFA is excited about forming this strategic partnership with Zebraplace and Foundation Automation. The technical support each organization provides in building this platform makes this program possible. This secure online shopping portal is an easy way for church members and their friends to support the mission and ministries of their local church. Members can immediately begin supporting their church ministries by signing up at the following link:”

About Zebraplace 
Zebraplace is a micro-donations site for organizations whose goal is to expand internationally through existing affiliate networks to become the number one micro-donations site globally. The vision of Zebraplace is to offer organizations and users new ways to combine shopping with the opportunity to make a donation to the local church, provide excellent customer services and assure transparency in all transations.

About Foundation Automation
Foundation Automation LLC started as an effective way to help organizations use micro-donations and create a way for their members to shop online and raise ministry funds. Foundation Automation LLC is a global company based in the United States. A goal of Foundation Automation is to become the lead company for micro-donations by helping organizations develop new income streams. Foundation Automation LLC is responsible for the service and marketing of the donation site using various marketing activities that support UMCmarket and helps The United Methodist Church ministries achieve their revenue goals.

Smith, working together with the GCFA vetting team and staff has developed the partnership with Zebraplace and Foundation Automation and continues to work on initiatives to benefit the local church. For details about UMCmarket or other programs, contact Bobby Lee Smith, 615.369.2407, or


The General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers finances and safeguards the legal interests and rights of The United Methodist Church.

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