The Rise Fund enables FirstChurch to answer God’s call to care for our neighbors in greatest need. Our Commitment to serve is a critical part of the faith journey we travel. The Rise Fund awards grants on a competitive basis to FirstChurch’s mission and outreach partners who are most effectively serving our communities. God has blessed this congregation with great gifts, and together we push outside our walls to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.
As we work toward a happier, healthier and highly educated city, the impact we make is greater together. Please consider making a donation. Our partner agencies are doing great work to end hunger and increase access to education, and together we can make a meaningful difference.
Click here to make a donation to the Rise fund today.
The Rise Fund Committee is currently focused on providing resources for organizations fighting the problem of hunger and engaged in the holistic education of children, youth and vulnerable adults.
BIG CHANGES START SMALL
When you give to the Rise Fund, whether a communion rail offering or an undesignated mission gift, you can play a vital part in FirstChurch’s ability to affect change in our neighborhoods and beyond. The Rise Fund enables us to maximize the effectiveness of every monetary gift, ensuring that our missions and outreach dollars are truly transformative.
A NEW APPROACH TO GIVING
The Rise Fund Committee awards grants to selected agencies’ requests each January. Agencies receiving funds have been thoroughly vetted by the committee, which continues to follow up with the agencies. This collaborative, accountability-based approach emphasizes year long stewardship and partnership with organizations that are helping to transform our community.
Rise Mission and Outreach Fund FAQs
How are the funded agencies be chosen?
Agencies must apply every year for support and will be selected based on criteria such as:
– Impact on individuals, both givers and receivers
– Alignment with FirstChurch strategic mission
– History/affiliation with FirstChurch
– Efficiency/effectiveness of mission
Who is on the selection committee?
The Rise Fund committee is comprised of a broad spectrum of FUMC members, including members of varying ages, backgrounds and passions. Some have finance backgrounds, others have history with specific missions, but all have a heart for missions and the desire for transformational giving.
Can I still give directly to my favorite mission?
Of course. While we encourage our congregation to give through the Rise Fund to maximize our collective impact to the missions that we support, you are always welcome to specify a particular mission when giving through the church.
Still have more questions?
Please contact Rev. Holly Bandel, Associate Minister for Mission & Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.