Religion News: Facebook app to fund your place of worship

Staff reports

Horace Nelson, a software programmer and entrepreneur, is developing a Facebook application that allows places of faith, such as churches, schools, temples, mosques and even certain secular organizations, to tap into the new "social funding" trend on the Web.

The application, called Faith Funder, will allow anyone to financially support any place of faith anywhere in the world with any amount of money. It will serve as a virtual collection plate, empowering places of faith to reach out beyond their membership for funding.

"So many places of faith are simply and unnecessarily under-funded," says Nelson, the creator of the application, "and it's unfortunate, because there are plenty of people of faith who would gladly give trivial amounts to these places in need, if only they knew how and it was easy and convenient."

Members will be able to create a profile for their place of faith as an official representative, regardless of religion or denomination. Users can search for any profile they wish and donate on a one-time or a monthly recurring basis.

"The 'crowdsourced' funding model is not new," says Nelson, "but existing sites function only to fund projects and ignore the ongoing financial needs of organizations."

Nelson is also seeking his own funding for The Faith Funder Project, and encourages people to be not just a member of their faith, but a “Faith Funder.” In exchange, Nelson offers early access to the application and other incentives.

Nelson says, should he raise enough funding in time, the launch date is set for May 16, with an invite-only pre-launch date set for April 18.

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