To help keep the emphasis on giving instead of getting this time of year, mark your calendar for UMC #GivingTuesday Nov. 29. Last year, nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries who donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. Thank you for your faithful giving! In an effort to change even more lives this year, we've created a host of UMC #GivingTuesday resources to help you get involved and spread the message of generosity. You will find the answers to frequently asked questions, tips for using social media, and creative ways to foster the giving spirit.

What missionary or project will you support this year? Through The Advance, you can choose from more than 300 United Methodist missionaries and more than 800 United Methodist-related projects worldwide. From feeding the hungry to improving the quality of life of women and children around the world, you are sure to find a project that feeds your passion.

As always, 100 percent of your gift to The Advance goes directly to the project of your choice.

Our UMC #GivingTuesday toolkit offers ways to get friends and family involved, including asking them to make an early Christmas gift in your honor to your favorite Advance missionary or project Nov. 29. You can also make a gift in honor of those on your Christmas list. If you still want to give a wrapped gift, accompany the notification with a token representation of the designated ministry (a framed map of the region, a water bottle for a water project, a hammer for a construction project, etc.), or design or purchase a card that reflects the theme of the ministry