We have had the opportunity to work with many companies that by their own actions demonstrate a spirit of help and support to our faith based clients. We have no business agreements with these companies and can suggest them with no economic bias.
For United Methodist locations, please visit GCFA.org to see the many companies that are participating in the GCFA United Methodist Sponsor Program. The sponsor program seeks to provide a ministry of administrative solutions that has an end goal of finding new funds that can be directed to the mission of the church. Cost Stewardship is pleased to be an early participant in the program and is also pleased to be premier sponsor of the General Conference in Portland Oregon May 10th thru the 20th. The Sponsor Program includes but in not limited to large companies included Home Depot, Vanco, Staples, EO, etc.
Here is a list of trusted partners who can help save you money to help fund your programs:
Out Touch Ministries
OutTouch specializes in providing telecom, internet and data management solutions at significant savings to faith based organizations. OutTouch has numerous national carrier agreements with no bias to any and they engage these carriers in a competition to supply your phone and data services.
Faith based organizations consistently experience savings of 20% to 30%. Many report even more. OutTouch will provide bid results to you to facilitate participation and understanding in the carrier selection process. We recommend that with demonstrated savings, your organization honor their work by allowing OutTouch to be your authorized agent in placing your cost reduced services.
OutTouch Ministries President, Richard Halsted, has been an advocate for our churches for years. Based on his principles and results, we endorse OutTouch as a trusted partner. View their service offerings at www.OutTouch.org.
Richard Halstead, President
Over 800 deeply discounted items from Office Depot are included in your supplies program. Expect +25% savings on your purchases and stock up. Office Depot offers free next business day delivery for orders over $50. Rural church deliveries are via UPS ground and deliver within two business days. Response from our faith based locations on cost savings has been very positive.
Signups take just a few minutes, there is no cost to join and no requirements to use exclusively. Accounts activate in less than a week so begin saving dollars to help fund ministries and outreach by enroll with the Office Depot Online form or filling out and faxing the Office Depot PDF.
Our account representative is Angela Gallagher, Territory Development Manager and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest Land Co-op-Harvest Land Fleetwide Fuel Card
The Harvest Land Fleetwide Card is a fleet fueling card that can help manage fuel purchases with the convenience of over 500 fuel stations in Indiana and 40,000 locations nationwide. With the proper tax exemption form(s) on file, churches, schools, government entities and other non-profit organizations can purchase gasoline, diesel and other fuels for their vehicles without sales tax (or excise taxes for some schools & government entities). The card can help track and control fuel purchases by person or vehicle, with reports available to help manage your fuel budget.
Harvest Land delivers bulk fuel, heating oil, propane and other related products in over 16 counties in Indiana and Ohio, including all or parts of the Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Ft. Wayne, and Dayton metro areas as well as the areas and towns in between. If needed, we can arrange delivery outside this direct delivery trade area. As an agricultural cooperative, Harvest Land also provides other products and services such as fertilizer, feed and farm supplies and operates 5 fuel stations.
For more information on tax exempt fuel cards contact:
John Fisher, Energy Sales & Business Development
Constellation – Natural Gas
Constellation, an Exelon company, is an energy company providing electricity, natural gas, and sustainable solutions to residential and business customers. Business Development Manager, Dana Murphy has worked for years with many of our UM churches in providing cost effective natural gas alternatives. With their recent acquisition of Proliance energy, they are well positioned to serve the Ctitzens and Vectren markets and are also a NIPSCO Choice supplier.
We have seen best practice and worst practice examples by secondary natural gas marketers (see programs page). Our experience with Constellation/Proliance has been positive and the feedback from local churches has been consistently positive.
Dana Murphy, Business Development Manager