Five Talents is currently seeking final dollars for a matching grant that would aid its microfinance and Literacy and Financial Education Program (LFEP) in Malakal, South Sudan. (Read more about the program here.) A generous foundation has agreed to match gifts by new donors up to $45,000, doubling the impact of donations.
The Rev. Michael D. Kinman, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri, believes so much in Five Talents' work there that he challenged 20 of his friends to donate $25 for the Malakal grant.
Moreover, he promised to match their gifts by putting up $500 of his own money.
"We already had one match going on," Kinman said. "[So I thought], What if I put up $500 and contacted 20 people to give 25 dollars each? I just sat down at my computer and prayed [through] my mental Rolodex and it took me no time at all to come up with a list of people who I thought would be excited for an opportunity to give."
Kinman's friends all agreed to chip in $25, and several weeks ago Five Talents received their $1,000 donation, which will be doubled to $2,000.