“Let everyone give as his heart tells him, neither grudgingly, nor under compulsion, for God loves the man that gives cheerfully.” – II Corinthians 9:7
Corporate Matching Gifts
October 12, 2023
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
As our Cathedral grows, so does the need for financial support. To that end, we have created a new way of giving for those of you employed by companies like Nike, Intel and many others. Benevity is a corporate giving program that enables you to donate directly to our Cathedral through your company and receive matching donations. For example, if Yanni donates $100 through the Nike Benevity/Giving Portal, Nike will match $100. The Cathedral will receive $200. There are special giving days where companies will match 200% of cash donations. In this case, a donation of $100 by an employee becomes $300 to the Cathedral. This is allowable up to $25,000 per year. This is a great way to double the impact of your stewardship.
In addition to cash donations through your corporate portal, you may track volunteer time. Typically, if you track volunteer time on your corporate portal, your company will give you virtual cash in the form of $10/hour of volunteer time. This can then be donated directly to our Cathedral. Example: George works at the Greek festival for 16 hours. Nike gives George $160 Nike reward dollars (this is money that George can not have but is allowed to instruct Nike to donate to a cause of his preference). George tells Nike to give this to our Cathedral. Cost to George, $0. The Cathedral receives $160. This is allowed up to $2,500 per year.
Finally, we are encouraging parishioners to investigate if their companies have corporate matching programs. If they do and there is setup needed, please reach out to our Holy Trinity Parish Council Treasurer, Chris Karanikas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Love in Christ,
Fr. Paul & Chris Karanikas - Parish Council Treasurer
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Jesus taught us by His example to love one another and to be compassionate toward those in need. The understanding of the full meaning of compassion from stories in the New Testament means that another person’s suffering becomes our own suffering. Compassion in this sense can change the way we live and care for others and for our community. Through our Stewardship Ministry, we show love and compassion for others, while loving, honoring, worshiping, serving, and giving thanks to God.
While 2020 was a challenging year, Holy Trinity remained focused on our aim to bring people closer to God through liturgy, ministries, community, and family. Worship, ministry and fellowship are vibrant via daily services, sustaining ministries via Zoom gatherings, advancing our parish revitalization plan and completing our cathedral renovation and enhancement projects.
The priorities which have defined us over the years are the same ones that will allow us to continue to meet the challenges this year. We understand we need to reduce our dependency on festival income and increase the parish’s financial health through stewardship.
The priority of compassionate stewardship is not to pay the bills. It is about how we, as a community, can do God’s work with love and compassion. It is less about the parish’s need to receive, and more about our need to give. It is our generosity with the gifts and blessings God has entrusted to us. Compassionate stewardship is an attitude and a way of life.
The Bible encourages tithing as a guideline for giving (Deuteronomy 14:22-29). Tithing is when one cheerfully gives 10% of household income for the love, glory, and support of His Church. Tithing may be new to many, and giving 10% may seem daunting, so we ask that you begin by pledging 2% or “rounding-up” your current stewardship pledge to the next percentage point, and increasing your gift each year thereafter. Please prayerfully consider “rounding-up” your pledge for 2023. Here is a simple worksheet for calculating your “rounded-up” stewardship pledge.