Sometimes January sneaks up without warning. You’ve just finished all the Christmas dishes and poured some coffee when the calendar flips, and suddenly, you need to relearn what year it is. But sometimes, you’ve waited eagerly for January to arrive. And as a team, we’ve been waiting. We’ve quietly worked behind the scenes on something big and exciting. Now that it’s January, we’re bursting to share the news!
Last summer, we started the long process of becoming a nonprofit. We researched the process, filled out paperwork, scheduled meetings, and spent time in prayer. Late fall, we officially achieved nonprofit status and today, we're thrilled to announce some new changes for Risen Motherhood.
Now because we’re moms, we’re going to save the most exciting bit for the end, so hang with us while we explain how becoming a nonprofit changes how your donations function in three ways:
More of your money goes directly to the ministry.
Rather than using Patreon, we’ll be moving our donation platform to our own website to avoid Patreon’s administrative fee, leaving more funds for the ministry. Plus, by bringing it in-house, we can use a platform with more capabilities for a nonprofit, and better manage one-time and ongoing gifts, keeping all our donors in one spot.
We have a two-tiered perk system (that includes our one-time givers too)!
Second, we simplified our “perks system” by creating two giving tiers. Any donation above $5 or a $50 one-gift will receive a special newsletter called The R|M Report filled with behind-the-scenes details of the ministry, special announcements, and insider perks. Any donation above $30 or a $350 one-time gift will receive The R|M Report and an exclusive R|M donor thank you mug. (You know we love our mugs.)
Any gift you make in 2019 will be tax deductible.*
Lastly, we’re excited to share your gifts should be tax-deductible very soon. While we are an official nonprofit, we’re still waiting on confirmation for our 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. (These are two different things, coming from the U.S. government at two different times.) Once achieved (hopefully in the next couple of months), you’ll be eligible for a tax-deduction receipt at the end of 2019. For example, let’s say we receive official notice on March 1, 2019, that we are officially recognized by the U.S. government as a 501(c)3. This notice will allow any donation made throughout the entire 2019 calendar year be counted as a tax-deductible gift for an individual donor, even those made in January or February, 2019.
If you’ve supported R|M in the past, thank you. We can’t express how grateful we are for your generosity to our ministry! If you’re a Patreon supporter, you should have received an email about how to switch your donation to the new platform. We appreciate you taking the time to do this.
If you’re interested in becoming a donor, it’s a great time to start! You can head to our R|M Give page to learn more.
Becoming a nonprofit changes more than our donation model. It also means we have a Board of Directors! These six individuals have graciously agreed to help provide oversight, encouragement, and accountability to R|M as a nonprofit, and we’re thankful for the wisdom and experience each member brings to the ministry. We’re excited to introduce you to the R|M Board of Directors: