Help us change the future of ministry fundraising as we build The Gospel Fund, a brand new platform that enables Christians to raise money for global mission ventures. Christians around the world are looking for funding to plant churches, dig wells, translate the Bible, fight sex trafficking, start schools and orphanages, and countless other Kingdom-advancing endeavors. The Gospel Fund aims to fuel this global mission work by creating a simple, beautiful, powerful platform for a globally-engaged Christian audience. Your donations help us accomplish this vision and cover the 3.5% platform fee for the ministry of your choice.
Since spring of this year, a small team of us have been working hard on The Gospel Fund, a new platform that enables Christian missionaries, church planters, non-profits, churches and individuals to raise money for global ministry ventures. Over these past months, we’ve built and launched a working prototype, set up basic project admin and payment processing, and have seen several successful projects.
We’re now coming to you to help us turn the rest of this vision into a reality. The simplest version of The Gospel Fund is live, but now we’re ready to build out a truly great version of the platform with all the features and capabilities Christian workers around the world need to raise funds, build a support base, and mobilize groups for Kingdom advance.
Every donation you make to this campaign accomplishes two purposes:
1. You’ll be providing us the critical funding necessary to complete the next phase of development. The funds raised will cover the hard cost of designing and building the site, as well as gathering and on-boarding additional partner organizations.
2. At the same time, your gift covers the transaction fees for organizations raising money on The Gospel Fund. We cover our costs through a simple 3.5% fee from every donation, and your gift will cover this fee for the ministry of your choice. For example, $35 allows a ministry to raise $1,000 through The Gospel Fund at no cost. $350 allows them to raise $10,000 at no cost, etc.
As you consider giving towards this project, here is more information about the platform and what features are being built next:
As we looked around the web at the various crowdfunding platforms available, we found solutions for many types of fundraising. Kickstarter is built for creative projects in areas like film, design, and technology. PledgeMusic focuses on helping artists fund their albums. Patreon is for recurring fan funding to support artists, podcasters and other creators. GoFundMe helps people cover personal expenses.
But still missing is a fundraising platform built specifically for the needs of Christian missions and ministries. Many organizations have a “give” page on their own website and accept checks through the mail, but are lacking the robust tools needed to cultivate a strong donor relationship. In addition, they are only able to talk to their existing audience, rather than a having central destination where their work can be discovered, followed, and shared.
Fundraising for Christian missions is one of the very oldest forms of “crowdfunding.” From Paul calling on Christians in Corinth to send money to support apostolic work to “The Great Century” of missions in the 1800s to today’s agency model, Christians have been gathering resources for Kingdom advance for two thousand years.
The problem is that many systems employed by ministries and missions agencies today are out-of-date, slow and inefficient. And in spite of amazing new potential now unlocked for creatives, startups, and non-profits, no funding platform is effectively addressing the challenges of Christian ministries.
The Gospel Fund combines the best practices of crowdfunding and communication tools with strong ministry partnerships and historic evangelical orthodoxy. Online giving is just one piece of the donor relationship. We believe excellent tools for ongoing communication, mobilization, and project discovery across a network are just as critical to the success of any venture.
• Since April 2015, we’ve built a working alpha stage site–a version of The Gospel Fund that is functional in the simplest way possible. Project owners can build project pages, accept one-time and recurring donations, and receipts are automatically delivered for each donation by email. Supporters can follow projects to receive updates, as well as follow their friends to see what projects they are interested in. Users can login with Facebook and donations are powered seamlessly by Stripe.
• Our company is fully-formed, with our core founding team covering Product, Partnerships, Development and Finance in place. Our bookkeeping, office systems, and payment processes are up and running smoothly.
• We’ve seen several successful projects on The Gospel Fund: Belay Global raised $10,000 towards their work in Kigali, Rwanda. A church plant in Fort Collins, Colorado raised funding towards their launch. One of our co-founders raised support to cover the cost of a documentary trip to Southeast Asia with Frontline Missions International. And a memorial fund for a young mission worker in East Asia recently raised nearly $16,000.
• We have many partner organizations readying projects and many other organizations, churches, and individuals joining the platform soon.
Now that we’ve launched Phase 1, our working alpha prototype, and seen some early success, we’re preparing The Gospel Fund for the general public. To do this effectively, we have several development projects to accomplish:
Project Sign-Up – Currently we’re using a simple, un-styled admin dashboard that allows us to hand out logins manually to project owners. We need to create an open platform where project owners can sign up, create projects and launch them on their own. The designs are complete––now we just need to implement them.
Project Dashboard – Project Owners will be able to watch the progress of their fundraising, view reports on donors and transactions, as well as view analytics on incoming traffic sources, page visits, video views, etc.
Supporter Dashboard – Supporters will be able easily update their payment credentials, edit their profiles, follow their friends and favorite organizations, read project updates and edit their recurring donations.
Email Notifications – Supporters and project owners will be able to receive instant or summary updates when their friends join the platform or follow them, when projects achieve key milestones, along with other timely updates on projects.
Recommendations – Supporters will be able to recommend specific projects to their friends, essentially similar to retweeting on Twitter or sharing to friends Facebook.
Improved Project Updates – Project owners will have access to a more complete project update publishing platform. Posts will include beautiful header images, photos and videos, and improved typography.
Privacy Settings – Sensitive project pages will be able to be set to 1) private (confirm followers) 2) for logged-in users only 3) or public. Publicly visible project pages will have these same options for their project updates.
We'll enable individual supporters to raise money on behalf of an organization with a personal page with their own custom fundraising appeal and project goal.
We’ll be giving project owners more control over their project pages, including custom color schemes and custom URLs, along with other improvements.
If we are able to raise well over our goal, we’ll develop native apps for both iOS and Android, allowing project owners to send updates to their followers on the go, as well as providing supporters an amazing way to browse projects, share, and give.
We have had several non-profits catch the vision for the possibilities of The Gospel Fund and have given towards its development in the form of pre-paid fees. For example, an organization gives The Gospel Fund $3,500 to continue development on the platform, and this allows them to raise $100,000 on the platform at no cost (pre-paying our 3.5% platform fee). If you represent a church or a non-profit and you would be interested in supporting The Gospel Fund, please feel free to either give through the platform and designate your ministry name, or through paper check with your ministry name in the "For" line.TGF Ventures, Inc.
Please send us an email. We would love to meet you.
Brannon McAllister co-founded and built NoiseTrade, a platform that distributes digital music and ebooks in exchange for contact info, giving artists and authors thousands of personal fan connections. Fully bootstrapped, with over 1.4 million users and half a million downloads per month, NoiseTrade has established a strong presence in direct-to-fan distribution. Brannon was featured in Christianity Today’s “33 Under 33” feature on “Christian leaders shaping the next generation of faith.”
David Crabb served on the staff of Training Leaders International (TLI), a strategic missions ministry dedicated to providing theological education and pastoral training overseas. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree and is currently a doctoral candidate at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary studying Global Christianity under the supervision of Doug Birdsall, where he is writing a dissertation entitled "The Strategic Role of Social Entrepreneurship in Christian Mission." David, his wife Stephanie, and their two daughters live in Minneapolis where they are members of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Josh Crews builds modern web apps as a consultant and is a leader in the Nashville Ruby community. He became a licensed CPA in Tennessee prior to becoming a developer. Josh built the Christian ebook platform mogobooks.com and David C Cook's new disciplr.com (digital Sunday School curriculum). Josh lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Stephie and three young children. They attend Church of the Redeemer in Nashville.
Scott Karr has over ten years of experience as a certified public accountant working with a number of small to medium-sized companies in the Southeast. He worked five years as an auditor for Ernst & Young prior to joining Greyrock. In his local community, Scott is actively involved as an officer in his church, has served as Chairman of the Board of Fall for Greenville and as Treasurer for the local chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship. Scott also enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, reading and cycling and hiking.
The Gospel Fund is a Benefit Corporation. This means that we are taxed as a for-profit entity, but as part of our Articles of Incorporation we are obligated to pursue a social good––in this case, the cause of evangelical Christian missions. We’ve chosen to be a benefit corporation because we’re able to maintain a startup mindset while holding ourselves accountable to our missional purpose. Here is our purpose as stated in our founding documents:
The corporation is formed to create a general public benefit by having a material, positive impact on society and the environment. In addition to the general public benefit, this corporation is formed to create a specific public benefit of:
(1) promoting the cause of evangelical Christian ministry;
(2) affirming and promote the mission of The Lausanne Covenant, as drafted in 1974 by global Christian leaders;
(3) providing a central platform for resourcing evangelical Christians for global ministry.
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