Volume 13 Number 2 | January 15, 2019 | www.citygatenetwork.org  


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DC Forum Registration Opens This Week

Citygate Network’s DC Forum provides your mission with the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and agency decision-makers in Washington, D.C. Two of the primary reasons we do this every year are: (1) Awareness—to tell the story of how missions and kindred ministries are continuing to make a difference on the streets of our cities; and (2) Advocacy—to convey our desires and concerns about policies, laws, and bills that can hamper faith-based organizations and the work missions do. And the more people we can have on Capitol Hill to talk about our cause and make our case, the better chance we have of continuing to make a difference the way we believe it needs to be done. 
This year’s event will be held March 11–13, with accommodations at Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./National Mall. A number of special invited guests will help facilitate our sessions. And as always, the final day will be filled with appointments with lawmakers and/or their staff members in Senate and House office buildings.
We urge you to make sure your mission is represented by a member of your leadership team. We suggest the CEO, COO, PR director, or the person on your staff who handles government relations. (And keep in mind that a younger staff member will fit in nicely, as the average age of a Capitol Hill staff member is 31.)
Note: The event will go on regardless of the status of the current partial government shutdown. Senators and Representatives are funded in spite of the shutdown. Come and take advantage of this opportunity to be heard. 
Watch for the link to register by the end of the week. (We are awaiting approval on one of our meeting sites and will send registration and schedule information as soon as possible.)  

Don’t Let the “Next Best Rate” for Our Annual Conference Get Away from You
Okay, so it’s January and cold (in most places). But before you know it, it will be June and time for Citygate Network’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition. Has your team registered yet? 

You don’t want to miss this popular event, to be held June 3–6 in Palm Springs, California. It will include stellar platform guests, amazing worship, fellowship with your peers, and tons of networking opportunities. This is the only conference of its kind, specializing in serving those who serve on the frontlines of the kind of life-transformation ministry that missions do.

Why wait? Head to www.citygatenetwork.org/2019conference for all the details and to register.

By the way, if you’ve ever wondered why we chose Palm Springs (or any other city) for our annual conference, you can get some behind-the-scenes information here.

Metro-Area Locations Set for Three Ripple Effect Cohorts in 2019
Once again, Citygate Network will offer the much-acclaimed Ripple Effect board acceleration program in 2019. Ripple Effect has been helping ministry boards and CEOs govern well, lead well, and thrive since 2015. This year, the program will offer three different cohorts. The West cohort will kick off April 11–12, with its conference in the Los Angeles, California, area. The Midwest cohort will begin June 27–28, with its event in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. And finally, the East cohort will start July 11–12 with its conference in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.

In addition to these events, the nine-month program includes on-site coaching visits from board governance experts, an online repository of resources, governance implementation assistance, a webinar, and follow-up consultation. A sampling of the outputs participating boards have gleaned in the past include: board policy manuals, strategic plans, board member recruitment plans, succession plans, mission/vision refinement, financial stability strategies, term limits implementation, evaluation processes, policy revisions, improved fundraising, and more.

The only block-out time commitment for up to four board members and the CEO is one overnight in nice facilities at a travel-convenient location. Details about registration will be available soon, but to learn more about the program today or to reserve your board’s spot, contact Ripple Effect Program Director Ed Morgan at ed@inspirationalleadership.com or (917) 576-6604. You can also download our Ripple Effect flyer here.

Citygate Network’s Snapshot Survey to Be Held February 7

Citygate Network’s Snapshot Survey to be Held February 7

Citygate Network’s annual Snapshot Survey will take place on Thursday, February 7 (with flexibility for your mission to conduct the survey any single day February 1–11). We hope you and your mission can participate in this 29th year of the survey!

Each year, Citygate Network members survey nearly 20,000 individuals who are utilizing emergency shelter, addiction recovery programs, or other supportive services at rescue missions to produce a local and continent-wide point-in-time count. The data collected through the Snapshot Survey provides a valuable resource for your mission, and it gives local and national media a demographic snapshot of homelessness and poverty in communities across North America.

Forms and additional information will be available soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Director of Communications Brad Lewis at blewis@citygatenetwork.org.

Forms and additional information will be available soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Director of Communications Brad Lewis at blewis@citygatenetwork.org.

Looking Down the Street…

  • Ben and Bert Wenke are retiring from their leadership at Crossroads Nogales Mission (Nogales, Arizona) and are looking for a new leader to take their place. Their departure creates a great opportunity for someone to take on a CEO position at a small to medium sized, well-established mission on the Arizona/Mexico border in a quaint but active town. If you need further information, please contact Bert (Mrs. Wenke) at (914) 374-3668. 

  • The Academy of Dentistry International Foundation has awarded Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (Seattle, Washington) with a Dental Services Grant for homeless and low-income men and women. The mission’s Pioneer Square dental clinic serves more than 1,000 patients annually.

  • Please welcome our newest business member Bigwidesky (St. Louis, Missouri). Eric Pratum serves as Citygate Network members’ main contact..

Citygate Network Staff Settles In 
After a bit of refreshing to offices as some past tenants moved out, Citygate Network’s staff has settled into their offices. (Before the tenants left, some staff members were in temporary offices on the building’s lower level.) We are now within shouting distance of each other, but don’t worry, we have learned to use the intercom effectively so as not to disturb remaining tenants. 

Citygate Network President John Ashmen recently “took a hike” in the Mountain Shadows Open Space to the west of the property and snapped a few photos (below). Behind the buildings, to the east, you can see another open space called Ute Valley Park. 

Needless to say, we are thankful for the great spaces this location provides as we work each day to serve you. Thank you for all you do on the frontlines to minister to poor and destitute people in your community. And by all means, if you are ever in Colorado Springs, stop by and see us.


Stock Volatility Could Affect Charitable Giving and Grant Making
Stock market woes have continued into the new year, raising fresh concerns about whether the volatility is a sign of serious economic troubles ahead that could affect fundraising, grant making, endowments, and more. Nowhere is the strength of the stock market more important than in overall giving trends. According to a report by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, affluent individuals and foundation grant making are both affected by investment trends. For example, Giving USA reported last year that one reason giving by individuals rose so much was that the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index grew 19.4 percent. Charities that depend on those sources of funds could be in for shakier times if the current market drop is sustained. And if the overall economy sours, the impact will be more widespread as demand for nonprofit services rises and donors at all levels feel more pinched.

Fundraising Trends Worth Watching 
Several trends are causing fundraising professionals to rethink their strategies. According to an article in Forbes, here are three fundraising trends worth consideration:

  1. Facebook Fundraising. Perhaps the biggest shift in peer-to-peer fundraising has been caused by the emergence of Facebook as a factor. Facebook has been allowing individuals to raise money on their platform for about three years—but in 2018 it stepped up its efforts to partner directly with charities and dedicated fundraising platforms. The social networking site said in November that it had raised more than $1 billion for charities and personal causes—with roughly $300 million coming through birthday fundraisers.

  2. The Growth of Livestreaming. Nonprofits like Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have pioneered the use of live video platforms to raise millions each year via gaming competitions, creative challenges, musical beat downs, and more. Numerous other nonprofits are taking notice and are exploring ways to recruit streamers to support them, as well as considering creating their own signature programs that leverage this enormous market.

  3. The Rightsizing of Legacy Programs. For many years, success in P2P fundraising was determined by your ability to scale a centerpiece campaign such as a walk or a cycling series. But with the growth of do-it-yourself fundraising and the emergence of new types of signature fundraising activities like rappelling off skyscrapers, or participating in a dance marathon, many organizations are finding that they are better served providing numerous options for their supporters rather than pushing them to participate in one or two massive campaigns.

How Federal Criminal-Justice Reform Will Affect Prisoners 
A criminal justice reform effort known as the First Step Act is now law and will be affecting the lives of an estimated 30 percent of the federal prison population over the next decade. According to an article in Time, it is estimated that some 53,000 of the 181,000 inmates currently imprisoned in the federal system in the U.S. would be affected over the next 10 years. The bill would not cover state jails and prisons, which account for the majority of the country’s prison population. The U.S. has the world’s highest total prison population with more than 2.1 million people incarcerated. The bill will give judges greater latitude in sentencing and allow inmates who earn “good-time credit” by participating in counseling programs to be released earlier. The bill also includes anti-recidivism programs while inmates are still in prison, bans pregnant prisoners from being shackled, and bars most juveniles from being held in solitary confinement.

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Division Street

More Transparency Means Increased Donations for Nonprofits 
Nonprofits face some serious trust issues: About a third of Americans don’t trust charitable groups to spend their funds well, and more than 60 percent of people globally don’t have faith that groups can accomplish their missions. But groups that perform well may be able to raise more money simply by becoming more transparent: People like having the opportunity to vet places themselves before making a contribution. That’s the key takeaway from a recent study published in Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance. According to a report by Fast Company, researchers from Villanova University and University of Wisconsin found that charities earning a seal of transparency from the nonprofit GuideStar gained an average of 53 percent more contributions one year later. 

Homelessness Rises Faster Where Rent Exceeds a Third of Income
Communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness. According to a report by Zillow, income growth has not kept pace with rents, leading to an affordability crunch with cascading effects that—for people on the bottom economic rung—increases the risk of homelessness. The areas that are most vulnerable to rising rents, unaffordability, and poverty hold 15 percent of the U.S. population, and 47 percent of people experiencing homelessness.

Americans More Likely to Die from Opioid Overdose Than a Car Accident
The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached another dubious milestone. For the first time ever, Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than in a car crash, according to a new study from the National Safety Council. According to a report in the Miami Herald, the Council used 2017 death rate data—the most recent year for which the numbers are available—to find that the odds of someone in the U.S. dying from what it calls an “accidental opioid overdose” are 1 in 96. The odds of dying in a car wreck are 1 in 103. While fentanyl plays a role in this uptick, opioid pain relievers continue to be part of the problem, the Council says. Every day, more than 100 people die from opioids in the U.S.—for a total of 37,814 deaths per year. 


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Market Street

Assistant Director, Life Recovery Counseling: Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN

BBQ Pit Master: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Biblical Pastoral Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA

Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Chief Program Officer: Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix, AZ

Development Director: The Gospel Rescue Mission, Inc., Muskogee, OK

Director of Development & Fundraising: Modesto Gospel Mission, Modesto, CA


Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA

Executive Director: Astoria Rescue Mission, Astoria , OR

Executive Director: Rescue Mission of Utica, Inc., Utica, NY

Food Services Manager: Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA

Grant Writer: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Intake Specialist: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Lead Case Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Major Gifts Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA

Marketing & Digital Communications Associate: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY

Salesforce Data Analyst: Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA

Senior Director, Finance/Controller: Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN

Shelter Manager : Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA

Shelter Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Shepherd's Door Case Manager: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Support Services Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY

Women and Children's Program Manager: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI

Women's Case Manager (Growth Leader): Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR

Women's Program Manager - Laura's Home: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH

Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA

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Steet Light

Faithful Stewards

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:21).

It’s a great feeling to achieve success after you’ve worked hard on a task or an important goal. You find a sense of pride, satisfaction, and even contentment. But these feelings don’t compare to the joy felt when we fulfill God’s unique plan for our lives.

If you believe the Bible, then you know that Jesus is coming back. But this doesn’t mean we have to quit our day jobs to serve Him. We’re to use our time, talents, and treasures in whatever we do, every day out of our love for God.

As we work, remember that it’s not about how much we earn, but our faithfulness in utilizing the potential God has given us. When we show God that we can be good stewards of what we’ve been given in this life, we’ll have even greater responsibilities and stewardship in our eternal lives.

Are you fully utilizing what God has given you in this life?


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