Shopping with Purpose
As you start shopping this holiday season, please remember SIFAT! There are many ways you can help SIFAT while choosing gifts for the important people in your life.
SIFAT Village Store
Did you know we have a gift shop on our campus? Gifts from around the world made primarily by family microenterprises and cooperatives are available with all proceeds benefiting SIFAT. To schedule a time to shop or purchase a gift certificate for the Village Store, contact email@example.com. If you are unable to visit the Village Store in person, Peggy and Marie will be glad to help find the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones and ship it to you or directly to them. You can also purchase limited items online: sifatvillagestore.ecwid.com
Thousands of popular retailers offer a percentage of your purchase as a donation to your favorite charity — SIFAT! Use either Goodshop or iGive to find coupon codes and shop at your favorite stores (you will be redirected to the retailers’ sites). Sign up for a free account to your giving, so you can see how much you raise to benefit SIFAT.
Do you shop on Amazon? For a portion of your purchase to benefit SIFAT, use AmazonSmile for when you make a purchase and choose SIFAT as your charity.
Honor a loved one by ordering a commemorative brick for our Open Spaces, Sacred Places garden. We broke ground this fall and bricks will be placed soon. Order online at www.bricksrus.com/order/sifat or contact Marie, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
In Honor / In Memory
Not sure what to buy for someone one your list? Give a lasting gift by donating in his or her honor/memory. Send your donation to SIFAT with the name and address of whom you would like us to send an acknowledgement.
Ecuador: New Regulations = New Concrete Equipment
In 2018, the Aida Leon project will break ground in Ecuador! However, new building codes and government regulations will not allow us to mix concrete by hand, as teams have done for the last 17 years in the traditional building style of Quito. SIFAT Ecuador’s engineer, Edwin Contreras, told us that inspectors were enforcing these new rules and even requiring some buildings to be torn down because of a lack of compliance. While it is the improving codes that are requiring the new equipment, we know many of our team members are excited about how much easier preparing concrete to pour columns will be!
Kick Off the Giving Season with #GivingTuesday 2017
#GivingTuesday is Nov. 28!
For the fifth consecutive year, SIFAT is participating in #GivingTuesday. It’s the perfect time to take a break from the hustle of holiday shopping and embrace the spirit of giving! A group of dedicated SIFAT donors set up a matching fund of $35,000 to double your gift! The “rules” for #GivingTuesday are the same as last year. When you make an online donation at any time on November 28, your contribution will double because of the generosity of our SIFAT donors — up to the first $35,000 that we raise!
How to participate:
Last year, SIFAT supporters raised a total of $78,482.50 on #GivingTuesday. Help us reach our goal of $100,000 this year! Thank you for your faithful support to SIFAT and for doubling your impact by making a generous gift on Nov. 28. Please share this information with your friends and family to encourage them to give to SIFAT on #GivingTuesday!
Grace and peace,
*The Advance is an official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving. Each Advance project has been vetted and approved by Global Ministries and Advance staff.
Online Shopping Benefits SIFAT
Are you looking for online deals this holiday shopping season? If so, did you know many online retailers donate a percentage of each purchase to nonprofits, such as SIFAT? They do – and often have coupons, too! It gets easier with apps and coupons. From your favorite clothing merchants to office supply stores, you can help raise money for SIFAT! Choose one of the options below (free registration may be required) and designate SIFAT as your charity/nonprofit. Then, pick what store you want to visit from thousands of options. You will be redirected to the store’s website. Then, make your purchases and checkout from the merchant, as usual.
Check out these options below:
Our staff uses these options when ordering office supplies and other materials we need. Earlier this month, we received checks for almost $150 because of individuals and our staff adding an extra click to their shopping experiences. Help us spread the word on how you can shop with purpose!
Double Your Money#GivingTuesday 2015
Matching funds can double your financial gift to SIFAT when you make an online donation on December 1! Don’t get caught up in the holiday giving season, rushing from store to store, or site to site, to find the best sales to get everyone on your list the perfect present! FOR ONE DAY ONLY, on December 1, 2015, as part of UMC #GivingTuesday, gifts made to the SIFAT general fund through Advance #982812 will be matched*. On this day, 200 percent of your gift directly supports our SIFAT ministry.
On December 1 beginning at 12 a.m. CST, you can donate to the SIFAT General Fund on our Advance #982812 page. We encourage you to donate early because of the limited availability of matching funds! Our staff will gladly send you an early reminder or help you in any way we can in making your donation. Email Marie (email@example.com) with any questions or with information on how you would like to be contacted for your reminder – phone, e-mail or text!
Here is the website to use to donate. Simply click the large, red GIVE NOW button on the right side of the page.
Thank you so much for your faithful support to SIFAT and for doubling your impact by making a generous gift on December 1.
Grace and peace,
*Global Ministries will allocate the “matching funds” dollar for dollar up to the first $1,000,000 in gifts to all Advance projects combined received online on December 1, 2015, between 12:00 a.m. CST and 11:59 p.m. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to SIFAT will be dispersed as matching funds. SIFAT may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.