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Your gifts made a difference!

Pastor Horne thanks you for your gifts

The EngageMI Fundraising Challenge raised $30,119 from 309 donors in three weeks. An additional $13,000 in prizes were awarded. Thank you for your gifts! 

KAY DEMOSS
Senior Content Editor

EngageMI Fundraising Challenge was a three-week event (October 14 – November 1, 2019) connecting donors with United Methodist-related non-profits and projects doing good across Michigan.

This virtual fundraising event, sponsored by the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church, offered the opportunity for these non-profits and projects to raise thousands of dollars to benefit local communities.

At the close of the campaign on November 1, $30,119 had been raised from 309 donors.

The Rev. Paul Perez, Michigan Conference Associate Director for Mission and Ministry celebrates the first-time effort with MightyCause. “The challenge was an experiment. The goal was to help our EngageMI Conference and District projects build capacity to tell their stories and invite giving through social media. The experiment was a  great success!” 

These organizations were among the top five with regard to online donations:

  1. South Flint Soup Kitchen $6,888 from 113 donors;
  2. Fresh Aire Samaritan Counseling Center $4,605 from 18 donors;
  3. Mobility Worldwide East Michigan $4,161 from 21 donors;
  4. Cass United Methodist Church & Center $3,180 from 73 donors;
  5. Camp Michigamme $2,602 from 18 donors.

An additional $13,000 in bonuses were given to these projects on the strength of those donor gifts:

  • Kickoff Challenge to top three organizations to raise the most dollars in the first 24 hours:
    • Cass Community UMC & Center $800
    • South Flint Soup Kitchen $300
    • Motown Mission $150
  • Week 1 Challenge (Oct. 14-20) awarded to top three organizations to raise the most dollars in the first week:
    • South Flint Soup Kitchen $1,000
    • Cass Community UMC & Center $700
    • Samaritan Counseling Center $300
  • Week 2 Challenge (Oct. 21-27) awarded to the top three organizations with the most unique donors in the second week:
    • Cass Community UMC & Center $1,000
    • South Flint Soup Kitchen $700
    • Motor City Wesley $300
  • Week 3 Challenge (Oct. 28-Nov. 1) awarded to the top three organizations to raise the most dollars during the third week:
    • Samaritan Counseling Center $1,000
    • South Flint Soup Kitchen $700
    • Justice For Our Neighbors $300
  • The Final Day Challenge, worth $1,250, awards the organization with the most dollars from Midnight to 5 pm November 1.
    • Samaritan Counseling Center $800
    • South Flint Soup Kitchen $300
    • Justice For Our Neighbors $150
  • The Video Contest, worth $500, was awarded to South Flint Soup Kitchen by the Conference Board of Global Ministries. (View above.) Other entries included these videos (click to find them on Michigan Conference UMC Vimeo.

EngageMI is the mission engagement program of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church. EngageMI projects are focused on the well-being of some of the most vulnerable communities in Michigan: people experiencing hunger and homelessness, children and elderly living in poverty, and immigrants and refugees searching for a better life.

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