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FAITHIFY is a crowdfunding site where passionate people follow, share, and fund innovative Unitarian Universalist ministries.

FAITHIFY allows you to:

  • Connect with passionate innovators and invest in ministries that excite you.
  • Bridge geographic and generational boundaries using 21st century technologies.
  • Renew your faith through deeper connection and impact.
  • Ignite ministries in new venues, formats, and communities.
  • Extend the reach of UU values through creative projects.
  • Inspire a culture of innovation that expands your vision.

FAITHIFY's history

Several years ago, Mass Bay-Clara Barton District Executive Rev. Sue Phillips heard our UUA’s COO Rev. Harlan Limpert lift up Apple’s iTunes store as an example of the role our UUA could play in the future: providing the architecture, platform, and basic rules for the wider community to share and “sell” ideas. 

Meanwhile, crowdfunding – using the internet to attract funding for commercial and nonprofit projects from countless individuals – and crowdsourcing – using the internet to engage an almost limitless number of people to share ideas and services – have become global phenomena.  At the same time, Congregations & Beyond – our UUA’s initiative to lower congregational walls and recognize UU ministries outside of congregations – has captured the imagination of our movement’s most creative and entrepreneurial thinkers.

Many folks throughout our movement began dreaming of a UU crowdfunding platform, and while the project is being hosted by the Mass Bay District, Faithify is the result of lots of imagination, goodwill, and passionate excitement from a wide array of people.

FAITHIFY timeline

  • Summer 2012: concept development and fundraising begins
  • Fall/Winter 2012: site developers hired, concept developed
  • Spring/Summer 2013: fundraising continues, site under construction, site design begins
  • Summer/Fall 2013: site marketing, site testing, focus groups convened
  • Winter/Spring 2014: Faithify tweaked, marketing continues, recruit and train potential applicants
  • June 2014, GA: Faithify launch
  • May 2015: Faithify surpasses $250,000 in project pledges

FAITHIFY's funding

The Mass Bay District is Faithify's principal funder and New England regional staff are spearheading the project. We received generous financial support from our UUA’s Congregations & Beyond Program and the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program, and were supported by the Faithful Risk Fund.