December, 2015: AoP launches iGive campaign to raise $202,000 during the current fiscal year. It will formally launch on GIVING TUESDAY, December 1, 2015, with an appeal to patrons and friends to give through social media to support the Academy of Preachers, in particular the 2016 National Festival of Young Preachers, January 2-5, 2016, in Lexington, Kentucky. 150 Young Preachers are expected to attend and participate. At the AoP, we are developing a culture of philanthropy.
August, 2015: AoP contracts with Harrison Jones Philanthropic, LLC, of Indianapolis, Indiana, to assist with fund-raising efforts. This consulting firm is the initiative of well-known Young Preacher Winterbourne Harrison Jones, AoP'10, who is a graduate student at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPIU, in Indianapolis.
July, 2015: AoP Board of Directors sets fund-raising goal of $202,000 for the current fiscal year, July 2015-June 2016. All grants and gifts, designated and undesignated, will be credited toward this annual goal.
March, 2015: AoP Memberships are now available. We have created three categories for members: Young Preachers (with annual dues of $25); Professional Ministers ($120); and iPartners ($500, for organizations and institutions). Visit the Membership page on our web site for more information.
December, 2014: The Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis continues its generous support of the Academy of preachers, providing approximately 47% of our anticipated expenditures for fiscal year 2015-16. AoP received a three-year $798,000 grant from the Endowment in December of 2014. Other revenue comes from gifts and grants, program fees, sales of advertising and products, and interest.
Donations through this web site or by check mailed to our office constitute one effort by the Academy of Preachers to sustain and expand our mission and programs. We also receive grants from foundations, interest from our AoP reserve fund and endowment, revenue from the sale of items (see our on-line store), fees from those who attend our events or advertise at our advents, and dues from AoP Members.
Consider making a monthly gift through an automatic bank transfer. This will make you a member of the Medallion Club and you will receive one of these red-ribbon, silver medallions. One Young Preacher, Mary Alice Birdwhistell, AoP'10, join the Medallion Club this year and wrote this testimony:
“I’m 28-years-old and serving as a full-time associate pastor in Texas. Since 2010, I've had opportunities to preach at several AoP festivals and events in various parts of the country. I am where I am today, in part, because of the important ways that these experiences have affirmed, encouraged, challenged, and empowered me as a preacher. Now, I feel like it’s my time to start giving back financially as a monthly-giver to AoP so that other young preachers can continue to have these same opportunities to be inspired in their call to gospel preaching.”
You can participate in our mission to the rising generation of Young Preachers through any of our “Donate Now” buttons on the web site or by using the QR92 graphic. Every dollar given is used for programs for Young Preachers including the National Festival of Young Preachers, the emerging network of Gospel Catalysts, and an expanding network of local, regional and denominational Festivals of Young Preachers. Additional support for the Academy of Preachers is made possible through the Mauney Fund for Preaching Excellence and the Tom Moody Preaching Scholarship.
How your generosity will help a generation of young preachers:
A gift of $8,000 will under-write the cost of a regional festival, like those in Texas, New England, and Louisville in 2015.
A gift of $4,000 could cover the cost of a denominational festival, like those with the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.
A gift of $2,000 is enough to publish our annual book of sermons, like this year’s “Uncommon Sense: Jesus and the Renewal of the World.”
A gift of $1,400 enables one young preacher attending the National Festival of Young Preachers.
A gift of $1,000 allows one young preacher to attend one of our summer preaching camps.
A gift of $500 provides a registration, housing, and food scholarship for one young preacher to attend the National Festival of Young Preachers.
A gift of $100 can cover the honorarium of one preaching specialist to help evaluate the sermons of the young preachers.
NOTE All gifts are tax-deductible based upon the letter of non-profit status and tax exemption received in 2013 by the Academy of Preachers from the Internal Revenue Service. Unless otherwise directed by the donor, 15% of each gift is placed in the Academy of Preacher Reserve Fund, which functions as a quasi-endowment for the long term support of the Academy of Preachers. We appreciate your support. Call Dr. Moody (859-229-8642) to discuss how your gift can provide a transformational experience for young preachers.