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Resources for #GivingTuesday

We are excited to let you know that plans are under way for this year’s UMC #GivingTuesday!

On December 2, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance at on Dec. 2 will be matched up to $1 million.*

*Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2 between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.

Last year on UMC #GivingTuesday, United Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5 million on line in through The Advance. 11,000 individuals and churches in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts to mission and ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, maximizing the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one day to transform the world.

UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting by supporting organizations that are transforming the world.

Visit to search for Advance projects and give.

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When Methodists are United...

When Methodists are united . . .  we provide an alternative to the recent US consumer driven shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. UMC #GivingTuesday offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting through supporting organizations and missionaries that have been researched and approved by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. And 100% of all gifts made through The Advance are given directly to the designated project.

Thanks to United Methodists’ participation in last year’s UMC #GivingTuesday:

  • ministries purchased new land in places like Cambodia and Tanzania.

  • an entire community in the Philippines is rebuilding after being devastated by a typhoon.

  • families in Guatemala are generating income and improving their diets through gardening.

  • youth in the US repaired homes for families in need while being trained to be servant leaders.

  • UMCOR responded globally to disasters that weren’t in the news spotlight.

  • a health care center in Haiti now offers increased access to care.

  • a community in Sierra Leone finished digging a well to provide clean safe drinking water.

When Methodists are united . . . and support any one of the 850 United Methodist related Advance projects, together we meet a range of needs, from helping survivors cope with natural or civil disasters to helping communities build churches, feed and educate children, and equip hospitals and clinics.

Since its founding in 1948, The Advance has helped channel more than 3 million gifts totaling more than $1 billion dollars to thousands of projects and ministries.

While people can give through The Advance any time of year, having one day when Methodists are united in supporting The Advance together, shifts energy away from secular consumerism and back into a spirit of cheerful Christian giving. It shows the world the transformational power that can happen in one day . . . when Methodists are united.

This is a great opportunity to build awareness and maximize support for a project or missionary that is meaningful to you.

Social Media and Other Networks

You are also invited to raise awareness about UMC #GivingTuesday through your personal networks. Banners, worship resources, and other ideas for promotion are available for your use on the UMC #GivingTuesday resource page. Please ask your church to post the UMC #GivingTuesday logo prominently on its home page with a description and links to projects and missionaries supported by the church or the conference.

Do you have a Twitter or Facebook account? Share an “unselfie” using one of the graphics from the resource page, share posts from, and help us promote the event with messages like these: 

  • When Methodists are united . . . a community in the Philippines rebuilds after a typhoon UMC #GivingTuesday 12/2

  • When Methodists are united . . . families in Guatemala generate income & improve their diets. UMC #GivingTuesday 12/2

  • When Methodists are united . . . youth repair homes for families & become servant leaders UMC #GivingTuesday 12/2

  • When Methodists are united . . . UMCOR responds globally to disasters not in the news UMC #GivingTuesday 12/2

  • When Methodists are united . . . a health care center in Haiti offers increased access UMC #GivingTuesday 12/2

  • When Methodists are united . . . a Sierra Leone community digs a well to provide drinking water UMC #GivingTuesday 12/2

  • When Methodists are united . . . together we transform the world! UMC #GivingTuesday 12/2

  • Perfect antidote to overspending on #BlackFriday? UMC #GivingTuesday coming on Dec. 2! #umcmission

  • Think one day of giving thanks isn't enough? Get ready for UMC #GivingTuesday. Dec. 2 #umcimission

Selfless Selfies (post photo of yourself holding this sign)

On UMC #GivingTuesday I’m going to maximize impact with support for ________________, an Advance project of the United Methodist Church. Will you join me?  December 2

Make sure to include and tag @umcmission in the post so we can share it.

UMC #GivingTuesday Quotes for memes:

“I read in a book that a man called Christ went about doing good. It is very disconcerting to me that I am so easily satisfied with just going about.” -- Toyohiko Kagawa

“Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can." – John Wesley

“Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Jesus (Luke 3:11)

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” – Jesus (Matthew 25:35)

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.” John Wesley

Alternative Giving

As we look for ways to break out of the consumer driven shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday and start of the holiday season by giving instead of getting, consider these alternatives:

  • Ask that Christmas gifts be made as a donation in your name to your favorite Advance project and encourage that friends and family make a gift on December 2 to maximize the impact.
  • Identify projects and missionaries that have special meaning to the people on your Christmas list and make a Christmas gift in their honor on December 2. Want to present a wrapped gift?
  • Accompany the notification with a token representation of the project (a framed map of the region, a water bottle for a water project, a hammer for a construction project, etc.).
  • Design or purchase a card that reflects the project theme or include a photo of the missionary.

Thank you for your commitment to living out God’s mission. Should you have any questions or suggestions about UMC #GivingTuesday, please contact

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Advent Devotion 2014

#GivingTuesday (Dec. 2) follows the first Sunday in Advent (Nov.30).

Four Sundays in Advent and Christmas Eve

2014 Advent Liturgy
These devotions by UMC missionaries and staff speak to the spirit of giving. Download the pdf for use in your local church or for home worship.

Read more about this year's Advent wreath lighting liturgy.

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Resources: Specialized Toolkits (pdf)

#GivingTuesday Toolkit for Advance Projects
#GivingTuesday Toolkit for Annual Conferences
#GivingTuesday Toolkit for Missionaries

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