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Sharing the impact of Special Offerings

New apps allow Presbyterians to see how donations support specific ministries

February 22, 2013

LOUISVILLE

Many Presbyterians are aware of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s four Special Offerings, but many also are unclear about how those offerings translate into real-life ministries.

Telling those stories and increasing transparency are the goals of IMPACT 365, a new app from the PC(USA)’s Special Offerings office.

The free app, available on iTunes, provides users with a daily story and photo detailing how a donation to a Special Offering has changed a life.

“We’re very proud of the fact that things supported by the Special Offerings have a ton of impact,” said Sam Locke, director of Special Offerings.

The story for Feb. 21 focuses on Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s response to the March 2011 earthquake and nuclear plant destruction in Japan. Leaked radiation jeopardized the country’s food supply, and PDA worked with farmers to teach new methods for protecting crops.

PDA receives funds from the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering. The other Special Offerings are the Pentecost, Peacemaking and Christmas Joy offerings.

A significant portion of money raised from the Pentecost and Peacemaking offerings is retained at the mid-council level. IMPACT 365 also tells those stories, Locke said.

Another iTunes app to be released soon is Gracie, named for the “mascot” of the OGHS offering.

Children’s donations to OGHS have often been collected in cardboard fish banks. Stories about the OGHS fish known as Gracie are released every year to educate children about disaster relief, poverty and hunger — major targets for OGHS.

 The average gift size per member to OGHS is $2, Locke said. The Gracie app isn’t a major fundraising program but rather a way to breathe fresh energy into the offering.

“We’re trying to meet people where they are and trying to engage them in out-of-the-box ways,” he said. “It’s really individuals doing what they can collectively to do a huge amount of difference in the world. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing, which is to share Christ’s mission to the world.”

  1. Is the IMPACT 365 app still available by a different name? My iTunes search cannot find it.

    by Amy Florence

    March 15, 2014

  2. My app store offers Daily Prayer PC(USA) for $2.99 and Gracie's Journey for free. Also listed us United Campus Ministry nd Santa Barbara Presbtery, also free. Is the app regarding Impact 365 not available. If so, what is the name in the App store?

    by b martin

    January 14, 2014

  3. How does this work? I work on the website for the First Presbyterian Church in Cranbury, NJ & would love to put these stories onto our website. Does the Impact 365 app use RSS to subscribe to content from the PCUSA website somewhere? If it did that, then I could do that to. Any idea who I would ask about how the app gets its info?

    by Matthew Rhodes

    March 2, 2013

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