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Yes. All contributions to Global Mapping International for the 1% Club are fully tax-deductible, and a receipt is mailed to the donor following each contribution. GMI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
We admit the percentage is a bit arbitrary: it seems to be a level that is both manageable for many professionals and significant for GMI's staff. If you can't give a significant amount of your time to missions at this time, perhaps a significant amount of money is a more realistic expression of your commitment.
Surely there are also technologists working in other mission organizations. GMI's programs and products are designed to support the ministry of people in all other evangelical mission organizations, enhancing the effectiveness of their work. GMI's distinctive priority is serving missions leaders in the developing world, where both financial and information resources are extremely limited compared to the US.
GMI management allocates all 1% Club donations directly to the salaries of GMI technology staff, in an effort to bring their salaries up to the approved level (which is still well below market rate). No administrative fees are taken out of 1% Club donations; 100% of the funds received go to meet the salaries of GMI technologists. All club members receive an annual summary of 1% Club contributions and disbursements.
Support for GMI's full-time technologists, including singles and married staff, currently comes to an average pre-tax salary and benefit package of $30,875 per year. Obviously there is a need for additional support for these faithful, called and very committed laborers.
GMI develops projects and products not on the basis of their commercial profitability but on the basis of their value for the cause of global mission. It is wonderful when these two criteria overlap, but often they do not, especially because our priority clientele is evangelical mission leaders in the developing world (Two-Thirds World).
It would if they were merely employees and GMI was merely a non-profit corporation; but GMI is a mission agency and all full-time program staff, including the technologists, are missionaries. Personally building and maintaining a team of prayer supporters and financial supporters is a spiritual discipline and a key part of our missionary identity. The 1% Club donations supplement the missionary support raised from other individuals and churches.
The work of tens of thousands of missionaries, students and other Christian ministry leaders in over 100 countries is more effective as a direct result of the strategic information resources produced by GMI. Read the GMI World newsletter and our Annual Report for specific examples.
Yes, though we expect that most members will give to the salary pool that is shared by all of GMI's missionary technologists.
One year. We suggest renewals by October 1st for the following year.
Whichever. It's not for us to make that call (see Luke 12:13-15).
Yes, EFT services are available; contact Laura for details. firstname.lastname@example.org
We definitely have opportunities both for work done remotely and on short visits at key times in a project. Please make your availability - interests, expertise and time frame - known to Bill Dickson, Vice President for Research and Development (email@example.com).
No, the IRS has certain reservations about such arrangements. However, what is legal and gladly provided is accommodation in our homes for GMI visitors. (And our homes are 90 minutes from the ski slopes. Advice is free.)
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