2019 Fall Football Fling Thing Recap

This past November 16, Man Up and Go saw one 140 Champions of the ministry come out for our 3rd annual Fall Football Fing Thing. This annual fundraiser is one of only a couple we do throughout the year, and we’re grateful for everyone’s participation.

This year we had a specific goal to raise $10,000. This money will be used to hire a part-time program manager for our Man Up 100 initiative. Why do we need to hire help? Well, recently Man Up and Go was donated $100,000 to help fund our Man Up 100 initiative. While this is an amazing and unexpected blessing from God, it also comes with a huge responsibility. We want to make sure that we are stewarding this gift as well as we possibly can.

If this sound counter-intuitive, we invite you to read our blog post, STEWARDING DONATIONS WELL – THE CASE FOR COMPETENT STAFF.

In any case, we’re happy to report that we raised $15,100! Thank you so much for all of those who came out and supported us on the Big Board! Enjoy the pics from our event below, and thank you to our event and raffle sponsors!

Stewarding Donations Well – The Case for Competent Staff

Recently Man Up and Go was donated $100,000 to help fund our Man Up 100 initiative. While this is an amazing and unexpected blessing from God, it also comes with a huge responsibility. We want to make sure that we are stewarding this gift as well as we possibly can.

To do this, we needed to hire a part-time program manager. To many, this may sound counterintuitive that a ministry or non-profit would spend money on staff.

  • After all, it’s a non-profit, right? People shouldn’t make money. Does that mean non-profit staff must work for free?
  • Besides, I want 100% of my donation to go to the end beneficiary. Do you care that the end beneficiary actually receives your donation and who should oversee the process to ensure accountability? 

Questions like the ones above are usually VERY well-meaning. Hopefully the below response will help shed some light on how a non-profit operates when it comes to staff and oversight of dollars given to charity.

Let’s Pretend

Let’s pretend your grandfather just passed into glory and left behind half a million bucks that was designated to help orphans. He’s left you in charge. How does that responsibility sound? Pretty heavy right? You want to steward this money well, but you also know you have a spouse, a family, a job, responsibilities at church, other commitments to your community, and well, the list goes on. In other words, you have other distractions that detract from your ability to focus your time and energies on finding good ministries in which to invest the money your grandfather has entrusted to you.

What About a Non-Profit?

The same philosophy dictates a non-profit. When donors give money, they want it spent on the mission. Without staff to properly oversee and execute the distribution of dollars towards program impact, two things might happen:

  1. It will just sit in an account. Too many non-profits are understaffed and overworked because they simply don’t have the human capital to run the mission with excellence. They’re afraid to spend money on staff because donors expect all of their dollars to go to the end recipient.
  2. Worse, it’s spent frivolously. In an effort to spend the money, some non-profits will write grants to other agencies, churches, or nonprofits, but have very little control over where that money actually goes. They also lack the manpower to implement follow up and oversight of these grants.

The Case for Staff

Wouldn’t it be better, then, to hire skilled people with passion for the ministry to oversee the dollars that are given? We think so. In the non-profit space we call them Program Managers. Better stated, they are stewards of the resources the Lord provides through ministry Champions. By appropriately resourcing non-profits, they can provide critical oversight and accountability to ensure dollars are being spent in the most excellent way possible. If you’re a donor, you really do want competent staff in place to oversee the ministry.

Why Not Get Volunteers to Help?

We don’t want to sound snarky here, but you want to know what the hardest job on the planet is? Serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for a large church. Why? Because your well-intentioned volunteers always seem to have the same emergency at the exact same time – Saturday afternoon before Sunday service. So the 50 volunteers you needed to run the children’s programs now sit at 25, and you spend your Saturday night and Sunday morning scrambling like mad to fill the void. If by God’s grace you can recoup 25% of those, you’re high-fiving anyone in your path because it does seem like an act of God that you were able to find any volunteers on such a short notice.

Yes, volunteers are amazing and no non-profit can run without them. AND, volunteers do not have the same commitment level as paid staff. This isn’t demeaning or derogatory, it’s “just the facts, ma’am.” When you’re getting paid for something, you are more likely than not to fulfill your commitments. Volunteers are fantastic and wonderful. We love you, and we want you to serve with us. At the end of the day, however, we can’t demand anything of you – you’re a volunteer! Staff on the other hand? They can be held accountable to a high standard, which is exactly what donors should want.

That’s Why…

…we needed to raise $10k at our recent Fall Football Fling Thing. The $100k gift we received is a blessing from God, and with that blessing comes responsibility. It was necessary to raise money for staff so that the $100,000 can be stretched as far and wisely as humanly possible, with the grace of God. Praise the Lord we didn’t just raise $10k – we actually raised over $15,100! Because of this gift, we will actually be able to unleash MORE of the $100k gift and be able to serve more families in the Man Up 100 initiative. That is a WIN-WIN-WIN for our families, our donor, and Man Up.

Man Up 100 Impact

Man Up launched its Man Up 100 initiative in two regions of the country in the last few months – SW Missouri and the Tampa Bay area. We wanted to update you on the progress so you can see how God is moving in and through a group of men (and women!) to serve foster and adoptive families.

Man Up 100 Goal

The goal of the Man Up 100 initiative is fairly simple to understand: we want to see 100 men at any given time in a given geographic area embracing and demonstrating Authentic Masculinity according to James 1:27 (Pure and undefiled religion is to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained from the world), We do this through 3 simple strategies:

  • GATHER. Men gather quarterly to encourage one another in biblical masculinity and to discuss how God is moving in the community through their efforts.
  • GIVE. Men sacrifice financially every quarter to fund programs like our Adopt a Family program, which serves foster and adoptive families.
  • GO. Men sacrifice their time to serve these families through practical expressions of Gospel love. These include providing meals to foster families, doing work projects around the house, or providing resources for every day living and special events.

We’re tracking the impact of the Man Up 100 initiative, with our ultimate goal of increasing the likelihood of foster parents continuing the hard work of fostering. With each couple we lose, it literally costs thousands of dollars to replace them, not to mention time lost. We believe the Man Up 100 initiative will save the state money over the long haul as less resources have to be devoted to recruiting and training and licensing new foster parents. If we “love the one we’re with” a little better, everyone wins.

Two-Month Impact (Sept-Oct 2019)

If you’re having trouble reading the columns, here is another look at the data (*Note* this is just from our Man Up 100 Tampa Bay crew):

Our SW Missouri crew has also done a group trauma training and are preparing for the same kind of impact. They currently have 22 men enrolled.

Below are a few of the pictures that tell the stories of what Man Up 100 Tampa Bay has been doing. These guys are incredible. They’re giving their time both on weekends and during the week to help foster families. They’re donating their money. They’re also modeling Authentic Masculinity to their sons and daughters, as many of the men bring their kiddos to help. It is truly awesome to see what God is doing through His people through the Man Up 100 initiative!

One of our Man Up 100 guys celebrates helping a foster family move from one home to a bigger one to accommodate more children. 

This long time foster family poses for a pic after one of our guys replaced a non-working garbage disposal and brought a hot meal. 

The two above pics show some of our Man Up 100 men putting together a swing set for a foster family of 5.

Clearly the kids approved!

We have also participated in a few community events where we handed out gifts to foster families and spread the word about Man Up, Jesus, and Authentic Masculinity. 

Some of our guys were able to support our local Child Welfare Agency’s event benefiting children in our system of care who are aging out and need jobs. 

One of the most impactful things we can do is bring a meal to a foster family. One our guys, Joe, brought his daughter on the above occasion. He felt the Lord’s presence during the entire ordeal.

Often times the kids in the foster care system come with a trash bag of very little belongings. Many times they don’t have shoes. The above kiddos were recipients of new shoes through the Man Up 100 initiative. 

Just the Beginning

The stories above are just a very few that have happened since we launched the program in August. The sky is the limit as to the long-term impact of the Man Up 100 initiative. Below are some of the responses from our families and even the men participating in the initiative.

We’re so excited to see how God is moving among His people! Ultimately all of the work we do is for Him, for His glory, and so that people can see tangible expressions of His love. If you want to learn more about Man Up 100, want to get involved, or are interested in seeing what a local Cohort may look like in your area, please Contact Us and we’d love to chat.