“FaithLife Financial Chapters have served churches and communities with many acts of kindness for over 45 years. We are grateful to all Chapter members for leading initiatives that have inspired others to build a better world.” – Karen Bjerland, FaithLife Financial President & CEO
A new “chapter” in our history
As Chapter members, you exemplify FaithLife Financial’s mission of building a better world and we are grateful for the many ways that you continue to volunteer in your churches and your communities.
After conducting market research, we have developed a new member activation program, ACTION TEAMS. This new member benefit will engage the next generation and is an easy way for each member to involve their family and friends to support their church or another cause they care about.
As of January 1, 2019, the Chapter program, including Matching and Fellowship Grants will no longer be available. Instead, we now encourage each adult member to apply online to lead an Action Team fundraiser or service project to support their church or another cause that you care about.
Although the program has changed, our vision for vibrant communities of people living by Christian values – inspired to grow in stewardship, compassion and generosity remains the same. We continue to believe that what makes us different is the difference we’re making together with you, our valued members. This is the ongoing story at FaithLife Financial and we invite ALL members to be part of this exciting new member benefit in 2018 and beyond.
As an individual FaithLife Financial member, think about an unmet need in your community and how you and a group of volunteers, including your family and friends, could help. Apply online to lead an Action Team and once your project is approved, FaithLife Financial will send you a kit with seed money to help you get started.
Your action team kit will include:
- $150 cheque in seed money to help fund your event or service project
- LIVE Generously NOW t-shirts for you and your team (up to 25 per Action Team)
- Planning and promotional materials
- A banner to inspire engagement at your event
- Stickers to share with volunteers and participants
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that you may have some questions surrounding the change. Below is some information to help answer your questions:
Will FaithLife Financial be offering Matching Grants to Chapters in 2019?
FaithLife Financial will no longer be offering Matching or Fellowship Grants in 2019 and beyond, as the Chapter program will be closed as of January 1, 2019. Instead, as a FaithLife Financial member you can apply to lead an Action Team. When you lead an Action Team you will receive $150 in seed money to help fund your event or service project. To learn more about how the seed money can be used please click here.
How can I, as a FaithLife Financial member, continue to support my church or other causes?
Each FaithLife Financial member can apply to lead one Action Team to fundraise or complete a service project each year. As an Action Team leader you can gather a group of family, friends, and church attendees – including previous Chapter Members to volunteer and rally around a cause close to your heart. Please note that other volunteers do not have to be members of FaithLife Financial.
If I still have approved Matching Grant event(s) in 2018, can I complete the event(s) and still receive the Matching Grant?
Yes, you can complete all previously approved Matching Grant events in 2018 and your Chapter will receive the Matching Grant. Each FaithLife Financial member can also apply to lead an Action Team in 2018 in addition to your Chapter events.
How do I receive my already approved remaining Matching Grants in 2018?
If you have already applied and been approved for a Matching Grant in 2018, you will receive an email after your event, to complete the online post event details. Once you complete the details, print, scan and return the Matching Grant paperwork via email, along with a copy of your promotional materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matching Grant cheques will be made payable to your church or charitable organization. The Matching Grant cheque will either be mailed to the Chapter Contact or it may be sent to your FaithLife Financial Representative for personal presentation to your church or charitable organization, where applicable.
Can multiple FaithLife Financial members, within the same congregation, lead separate Action Teams to support the same cause?
Yes, each FaithLife Financial member can apply to lead an Action Team for the same cause. You would need to apply separately and lead different events or activities. For example, one FaithLife Financial member can hosts a spaghetti supper and a second FaithLife Financial member can hosts a garage sale, both in support of their church’s Summer VBS camp for kids. Each member will receive $150 in seed money and an Action Team kit.
If my Chapter has already been approved for Matching Grant(s) in 2018, can I apply to lead an Action Team as well?
Yes, as a member of FaithLife Financial, we encourage you to also apply to lead an Action Team in 2018 and beyond.
Do Action Teams require more than one FaithLife Financial member?
No, now it takes only one FaithLife Financial member to apply to lead an Action Team, but you are also welcome to include other FaithLife Financial members to volunteer in your Action Team as well. The idea is for you to invite your family, friends and church attendees to volunteer alongside you. You will no longer need to form a group of five or more FaithLife Financial members to take advantage the Action Team benefit.
Can the Action Team seed money be used to purchase items, match donations or act as a grant?
The Action Team seed money of $150 cannot be used to purchase items (gifting), match donations or act as a grant for the cause/charity. It is meant to help fund your event so you can raise even more for the cause you care about. Please click here to see examples of Action Team ideas.
Will my Financial Representative be notified and available to attend my Action Team fundraising event or service project?
Yes, once your application has been approved, each member’s Financial Representative will automatically receive an email about your planned Action Team. Your Financial Representative is your Action Team Champion and he or she will reach out to you to let you know if they are able to attend your Action Team event.
Do I need to still keep track of Fellowship Grant Volunteer hours in 2018?
Yes, for 2018 please remember to continue to keep track of your Fellowship Grant volunteer hours and submit them, via email, to email@example.com after your Fellowship activity is completed.
I have additional questions about the Chapter program changes:
If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact the Fraternal Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-563-6237 x 271.
*FaithLife Financial’s benefits, grants and programs are not contractual. They are subject to change and maximum funding limits.
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