Churches, UM Organizations Can Increase Ministry Funds by Shopping Online at

Date Posted: 8/28/2013

GCFA, working with Zebraplace and Foundation Automation, LLC has developed a free, online service that affords the opportunity for United Methodist church members to shop online and make a donation to the local church. Through the Office of Corporate Partnership, Bobby Lee Smith and the GCFA vetting team have worked to develop a computer app and online program that is simple, easy, and free to users. Zebraplace and Foundation Automation have been vetted by GCFA. The new, innovative service combines the growing trend of online shopping with church members' desires to increase funding for ministries of the local church.

To participate in the program, online shoppers will log into, register, and select the church or other United Methodist organization they want their donations to go to and then continue from the website to shop at hundreds of well-known retailers. The retailers will donate a portion of the total sale to the organization chosen. Churches will receive a check in the mail from Zebraplace once the total of percentages donated reaches $100. It's that simple!

Bobby Lee Smith, Manager of Corporate Partnership for GCFA said, "We are pleased to announce the program to benefit the ministries of local churches and other UM entities. The no-cost online service will increase monies available for ministry for any local United Methodist church and many other United Methodist organizations. Zebraplace and Foundation Automation are providing great customer service and follow up when needed. United Methodists can be assured that the service is secure and designed specifically for the ministries of The United Methodist Church."

You can read the complete press release about UMCMarket at this link. Resources are available for bulletin inserts and other announcement materials. For more information, contact Bobby Lee Smith,, or Geir Thomas Kristiansen,