NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has announced that the online shopping portal, UMCMarket, was relaunched Monday, July 13, using more advanced technology and faster delivery of donations. Working with Tribute Inc., the relaunched UMCMarket will provide an enhanced user experience, quicker access to status reports, regular distribution of micro-donations and the addition of hundreds of savings offers for participants.
With the new program, each church or ministry will start with a new account. All donations generated prior to July 13, 2015, on the previous platform will be paid out before the end of 2015. GCFA will begin working immediately on issuing checks to the various ministries until each church or ministry is paid their total amount due from the previous provider.
The look of the new site for micro-donations has changed, but the functionality and benefits remain the same: United Methodists who shop the thousands of retailers available can generate donations to support their local churches. Existing users will sign up to establish an account with the new provider and designate the ministry they choose to support. All users will be able to watch an overview video and review frequently asked questions prior to signing up. An online marketing toolkit is provided to help participating churches communicate the opportunity to their ministries, which includes how-to videos, PowerPoint slides and bulletin inserts.
To access UMCMarket, click here.