I read a lot of United Methodist news (and I mean A LOT) in my role as conference communicator and I have to admit, it took reading about UMCmarket a few times before I understood what was being offered.
UMCmarket is a shopping portal offered by the UMC General Council on Finance and Administration as a fundraising tool for your church.
It takes very little effort on your part, but businesses are willing to support your church in hopes that it brings you to their store or product. It's win/win if you already like that store or use that product. It reminds me a little of BoxTops for Education.
UMCMarket won me over last year. I did some online Christmas shopping and the places I was shopping anyway were right there on UMCmarket's website -- Amazon.com, Lowes.com, Macy's, Old Navy, Fandango, just to name a few of the hundreds of partners.
It's pretty simple.
I created a UMCmarket account and selected my church as the recipient (my church didn't have to do anything). Then I clicked the link that took me to the store's website. When I made a purchase, my church got a four percent kickback on what I spent. I used UMCmarket several times and accumulated several dollars for my church.
And I'm not the only one. Between UMCmarket's launch in June 2013 and December 2013, 2,570 United Methodist churches taken part in the program. Between July 1 and November 30 of last year, nearly $23,000 was donated back to local churches and other United Methodist organizations. In December alone, nearly $26,000 was donated back as church members used the online service at year’s end..
GCFA has just announced some improvements and a new web address for UMCMarket (www.UMCmarket.net). Read the announcement here.
It's a small thing and it takes very little effort, but it could really add up for your church.