Giving Tuesday

What a beautiful gift some anonymous donor has made for the United Methodist “#GivingTuesday”! For the one day of December 2, every gift made online to The Advance at will be matched, up to $1 million.

“The Advance” is a collective term for hundreds of grassroots United Methodist mission projects in the U.S. and around the world which are encouraged as second-mile gifts, beyond our local-church apportionments for shared ministry. The Advance supports United Methodist missionaries and mission projects around the world. You can learn more about any of these ministries by going to The website is set up so you can search by country or region; by specific ministry name; or by its type of work, whether it deals with poverty, global health, evangelization and church growth, or leadership development and education.

On #GivingTuesday, the donor will match up to $2,500 for every individual gift to a project. A specific ministry may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds. Last year on #GivingTuesday, United Methodists raised a total of $6.5 million for mission projects through The Advance. Thanks to that one day of giving, for example, an entire community in the Philippines now is rebuilding after a devastating typhoon; families in Guatemala are raising their own food and generating income through gardening; and a health care center in Haiti can give greater access to people needing health care.

What a terrific way to counteract the whole consumerist season of Black Friday to Christmas overspending! Come to think of it, on December 2 we could make some of our Christmas gifts to an Advance ministry in that person’s name – so the gift doubles and everyone benefits!

Your partner in ministry,

Betsy Schwarzentraub