Part 4: I Need Help

I am the most un-technologically advanced 28 year-old on the face of the earth. Here’s another example: I have the PDF’s of all of The Marin Foundation’s tax returns, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how to put them on my blog because for whatever reason they can’t be attached like a picture is attached. Sorry. Instead I will be writing the key facts in this post for you all to see. If anyone wants a hardcopy of the tax returns, please contact the IRS as they are all available to the public as The Marin Foundation officially received our 501(c)(3) non-profit status on July 1, 2005. Here you go:

2005: Not required to file until first full year of 2006. But here are some of the general numbers anyway:

Revenue:

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, and Similar Amounts Received: $11,961.39

Program Service Revenue including Government Fees and Contracts: $0

Membership Dues and Assessments: $0

Net Income or (loss) from Special Events and Activities: $0

Gross Profit or (loss) from Sales of Inventory: $0

Other Revenue: $0

Total Revenue: $11,961.39

Expenses:

Salary for Andrew Marin: $0

Occupancy, Rent, Utilities and Maintenance: $0

Expenses Include:

Printing, Publications, Postage and Shipping; Bible Study Group and Community Forums; Meetings and Development; Track #1 Educational Classes; Track #2 Educational Classes and Scientific Research

Total Expenses: $12,558.29

2006:

Revenue:

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, and Similar Amounts Received: $25,903.86

Program Service Revenue including Government Fees and Contracts: $0

Membership Dues and Assessments: $0

Net Income or (loss) from Special Events and Activities: $0

Gross Profit or (loss) from Sales of Inventory: $0

Other Revenue: $0

Total Revenue: $25,903.86

Expenses:

Salary for Andrew Marin: $206.30

Occupancy, Rent, Utilities and Maintenance: $11,436.29

Printing, Publications, Postage and Shipping: $5,079.38

Other Expenses:

Bible Study Group, Community Forums, Meetings and Development: $2,717.72

Track #1 Educational Classes: $2,389.32

Track #2 Educational Classes: $3,837.17

Scientific Research: $1,570.61

Total Expenses: $27,236.79

End of Year Cash, Savings and Investments Total: +$6,464.17 (this number is positive due to the left-over money I put in The Marin Foundation account from my savings from my work at the luxury hotels)

2007:

Revenue:

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, and Similar Amounts Received: $50,290.00

Program Service Revenue including Government Fees and Contracts: $2,440.00

Membership Dues and Assessments: $0

Net Income or (loss) from Special Events and Activities: $0

Gross Profit or (loss) from Sales of Inventory: $0

Other Revenue: $0

Interest from Savings Account: $53.27

Total Revenue: $52,783.27

Expenses:

Salary for Andrew Marin: $9,800.00

Occupancy, Rent, Utilities and Maintenance: $13,745.40

Printing, Publications, Postage and Shipping: $7,818.87

Other Expenses:

Bible Study Group, Community Forums, Meetings and Development: $15,597.38

Track #1 Educational Classes: $3,450.00

Track #2 Educational Classes: $4,368.87

Scientific Research: $12,991.88

Total Expenses: $67,772.40

End of Year Cash, Savings and Investments Total: +$14,399.06 (this number is positive due to the left-over money I put in a money market account that I cashed out from my savings from my work at the luxury hotels…personally officially cashed everything out at this point and have no money left)

2008:

Revenue:

Contributions, Gifts, Grants, and Similar Amounts Received: $51,205.03

Program Service Revenue including Government Fees and Contracts: $3,250.00

Membership Dues and Assessments: $0

Net Income or (loss) from Special Events and Activities: $0

Gross Profit or (loss) from Sales of Inventory: $0

Other Revenue: $0

Interest from Savings Account: $220.79

Total Revenue: $54,675.82

Expenses:

Salary for Andrew Marin: $8,900.00

Occupancy, Rent, Utilities and Maintenance: $7,282.06

Printing, Publications, Postage and Shipping: $2,650.13

Other Expenses:

Bible Study Group, Community Forums, Meetings and Development: $9,078.51

Track #1 Educational Classes: $3,121.82

Track #2 Educational Classes: $7,272.49

Scientific Research: $8,987.58

Total Expenses: $28,460.20

End of Year Cash, Savings and Investments Total: +$21,782.49

I’ll never forget the very first time I told a famous national Christian figure how much The Marin Foundation works with (because he asked me), and when I told him the most we ever received in donations in one year was about $50,000 he said:

“Really?! It’s like you’re ten times bigger than you actually are. I can’t believe it. How do you do so much with nothing!”

The only thing I could say back to him at that point was:

“It’s not nothing! It’s something. You don’t know what ‘nothing’ is, do you? And the answer you’re looking for is because God keeps giving this bridge building movement opportunities way beyond our support.”

He shrugged his shoulders and said:

“It has to be God because I know I can’t publicly support you. Sorry. I would lose everything I built to this point with my brand.”

He gave me a ‘hug’ and walked away.

That conversation has been haunting me for the past two years, another reason why I was ever scared to say anything to anybody.

But I can’t keep this secret anymore.

Please give. Please help this bridge building movement continue as you boldly step up as so many other ‘famous national Christian figures’ with plenty of resources are scared to touch with a ten foot pole because they’re scared of their “brand”.

Forget your “brand” and do the right thing!

Much love.

www.themarinfoundation.org

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://petegoebel.blogspot.com Peter

    You don’t need douche money anyway.

  • http://www.benlemery.com Ben

    I just don’t know what you are really about Andrew. I have been attempting to figure it out by following your blogs but maybe I am missing something. Sorry if I sound ignorant, I am simply attempting to figure you out, haha.

  • http://www.newcovenantbible.org/NCBC/ASFRoot/031509a/sermon_new.html Tye Male

    Convert the pdf’s to jpeg’s.

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Ben – That question could go in a million different directions. So I’ll start here: I’m about the Triune God being manifested in today’s culture. What are you all about?

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Tye – I don’t even know what those initials mean…seriously, I don’t. :(

  • Tobias

    Just upload the PDFs using
    http://www.2shared.com
    Should be really painless

  • James Wartian

    Andrew,

    When Erin introduced me to your book a few months ago, it was a breath of fresh air. The overall thrust of your book and your desire to build bridges was breathtaking. I then went to your blog and your website and I listened to all of the podcasts. We then had you come to Cedar Rapids. Here is the impression I received (prior to reading your blog the last few days):

    1.) You are clearly sold out to God for this work. I applaud you for that.

    2.) You have a small but significant foundation doing major research work no one else is doing. Which implied a staff. Didn’t know how large, but a staff.

    3.) You never asked for money. Which implied that you had donors, possibly some big donors, underwriting things.

    4.) You didn’t want money to be an issue. Which I totally understand. Hard to be a bridge builder if you are constantly charging for money. Even your coming to Cedar Rapids was not for a hefty fee. Again, you clearly were sold out and didn’t want money to be an issue.

    5.) Your ministry is strictly bridge building. I don’t mean this in a critical way, but you are clearly not an “evangelistic” / “missionary” effort to the gay community. You are not bringing out ex-gays to show the way you have made a difference. Again, this is not a criticism. It is just an acknowledgment that your clearly stated goal is to build bridges. Part of building a bridge is being clear about your own beliefs, and you clearly state your hope is for people to know God personally. But you leave it to God to change people’s hearts.

    Okay, those were my impressions. To summarize, I perceived you to not particularly need money for ministry (though you clearly were living a frugal lifestyle). I also felt most churches would be slow to support you since you did not have a clearly evangelistic emphasis.

    Then I read the last few days. It has been a revelation.

    I put all of the above points to say this: We only know what you tell us. I think you are very open and honest about your feelings and past in regards to the gay issue. I am glad you are now being just as vocal about your financial needs for the ministry.

    Here are two thoughts:

    1.) It will be hard to get funding for bridge building. You are in the middle trying to reach both sides. That is necessary. But it is hard for a church to give money to an effort like yours when there is no clearly defined evangelistic purpose. Yet I can see how that would be the antithesis of bridge building. The alternative is to sell a product (such as the classes you have been doing). Yet that has issues.

    2.) What about the other side? Are you reaching out to those in the gay community who have benefited from your ministry? Other gay organizations do not hesitate to ask for funds for the work they are doing. I think you can do so with integrity.

    I will contact you personally with more thoughts, but felt it worth mentioning these on your blog. Please understand that none of this is meant as criticism of what you have done or are doing. You clearly act on what God is asking you to do. I admire that greatly. My goal is to share with you the perceptions of one pastor who recently was introduced to you and your ministry. I don’t know if I am typical, but I had no idea your organization existed on so little. And to be honest, I am impressed! But I also would say you deserve to ask for more in an appropriate way.

  • Tobias

    You could just upload the PDFs using a site like 2shared.
    Should be really easy.

  • http://www.mikehickerson.com Mike Hickerson

    Andrew,
    Instead of uploading your tax returns, create an account at Guidestar.org (which has copies of all 501c3 tax returns already), update your nonprofit profile, and give people the link to it.

    ~ Mike

  • http://www.mikehickerson.com Mike Hickerson

    Another thought that might help: Do you have any one on your board of directors who can help with fundraising? I’m not talking about a big philanthropist or anything like that. I’ve seen young professionals do some pretty amazing thing on nonprofit boards through sheer energy and enthusiasm.

    On your 990, it looks like your board is pretty small. Any plans to expand it? New board members bring their network of friends and connections to your organization. That’s how I’ve seen nonprofits grow from one-man-shows into real organizations, though you have to be careful whenever you bring someone into a position of responsibility like that. I’d recommend taking your five biggest advocates and consider seeing if they’d be willing to join the board.

    If you don’t have a lawyer, strategic planner, or someone like that to help define your board’s roles and responsibilities, most cities (esp. Chicago) have free nonprofit workshops that will help you build up your organization. It looks like North Park has a “nonprofit gateway,” but I can’t vouch for it – it was just the first thing that showed up when I Googled “Chicago nonprofit center.”

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Mike – On the 990s were my “starter board” and this past year we have strategically (and totally) redone it by starting from scratch and then adding key players that (although not philanthropists) encompass each cross-section of TMF’s audience. And yes, the new board is one of those either “give or get” types. One of the board members have significant non-profit strategic planning and development experience! It’s helped a crazy amount.

  • Mrs T

    Who said that bridge building isn’t evangelism? You have to build the bridge to be heard. But you already know that you can’t force folks to listen or ask. But you are available. That’s evangelism to me!
    It’s just not the old version. :)

  • Tobias

    Sorry for double posting. I thought, the first post didn’t come through because of the link!

  • http://wordthunder.com SarahM

    Andrew, I think you made your point without uploading the PDFs, but if you want them uploaded I will be glad to help.

    Anyone who isn’t sure what Andrew Marin is about buy and read his book. READ THE BOOK!!!

    Sarah

  • Person

    About your brand comment: AMEN!! Way to be unashamed of the Lord’s work, Andrew! If you are able to do the Lord’s work without money, then you will be able to do the Lord’s work WITH money. I will keep praying for you. And I hope that you have already seen improvement in your situation.

  • http://www.mikehickerson.com Mike Hickerson

    Andrew – great to hear that about your board. Personally, I find it very hard to turn to others for help – as hard as it is to ask people for money, asking others to help me ask for money is even harder!


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