It is right to ask the question. And we are happy to say that not one penny of the gifts made through the Moravian Giving Portal goes to purchase thank you gifts. In fact, not one penny goes to the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America at all!
MMFA receives no portion of Portal gifts
The service of hosting the Giving Portal is a cost to us. We built and maintain the infrastructure and produce the reports as an overhead expense and service to our congregations and agencies. Our entire operation is completely funded by the fees Common Fund investors keep within the church instead of paying to secular institutions to manage their money. The back end processor of the credit card transactions (Blackbaud) does charge a nominal fee for their services, as all credit card processors do. The remainder of your gift goes to the recipient you designated.
Patrons provide some gifts
So, how do we provide the incentives for a campaign such as the Moravian Day of Giving? Well, there are several answers. First, gifts from fellow Moravians help. One of our patrons has agreed to match dollar for dollar the first $10K in gifts to any of the Field of Interest Funds. Another has donated Moravian themed wear that was not sold at this year’s Candle Tea. A Moravian pastor will also be donating shirts. Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” And Moravians are rather good at this.
MMFA donates its credit card points
Second, all of us at the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America use a corporate credit card for necessary travel and expenses. And, throughout the year, we earn points that are redeemable for gift cards. We are donating our points to provide gift cards as incentives for the Moravian Day of Giving.
We repurpose give-aways
Third, at the beginning of 2020 we were expecting to have a presence at the Eastern and Western District Synods that were scheduled. We purchased some token branded gifts to hand out at these events before we had knowledge that Covid-19 would result in event cancellations. As a result, we have gifts that were not used last year.
We have faith
And finally, MMFA did purchase a few new items just for the campaign in the spirit of Hebrews 10:24 and we are willing to cover some postage. Since this is the first ever Moravian Day of Giving, it is hard for us to predict what the response will be. We do not know how many of you will be in a position to give above and beyond your tithe or pledge — or if there will ever be another. But, we have faith that God is going to do something new and He is going to use you to do good. Join us. Be a part of it if you are able.