Sunday Update on Fundraising

Today I’m speaking in Irvine, CA at Mariners Church (no relation :) ) at their Lumen131 event. Each of the four people speaking get 20 minutes to communicate one big idea, and then we each have a 40 minute Q&A to follow. I’m really looking forward to this. Although, me and just 1 idea? I’ll try…

As for our fundraising efforts. Due to your extreme generosity, we have raised just over $28,000 thus far.

Here is the breakdown:

Your individual donations: $20,000

My speaking: $5,500

Churches: $2,000

My book: $500

Also, we had a goal of 275 new people giving $15 per month. Thus far, we have had 36 new people sign up! If you’re interested in signing up, please email me at so we can keep track of our running total. You can securely donate via Paypal on the right. As for automatic monthly giving, we were planning to have that capability as of Feb 1, but it has been pushed back a few weeks. We should have that up and running by mid Feb.

I am continually humbled by all of your generosity. Thank you so much, and literally, this work and The Marin Foundation could not continue without you.

I love you all dearly.

Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( 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).

  • adam mclane

    I know it must be awkward for you to have to talk about money. But I am appreciative of your openness and frankness.

    I am praying the Holy Spirit would convict others to give to the Marin Foundation. It’s more than just supporting you personally… it’s about tangibly changing the conversation between evangelicals and the GLBT community. You’re making a huge difference!

  • Dianne Petrina

    Andrew: I bought your book today at Mariners. Today was the first day I’ve missed church in over 2 years. I don’t know what happened, but by the time I got ready, it was too late to go, so I looked up events and ended up at your event. My youngest daughter is gay and told me about a year ago. I do have unconditional love for her–she is my youngest, but she always said, I know your church doesn’t approve of my lifestyle. I’ve never known how to answer her. Now I do, thanks to you. Although she isn’t involved with Jesus right now, I at least feel I have an answer out there. It was good reading, “God has your back, and you are the apple of his eye.” She has always been the apple of my eye so why wouldn’t she be the apple of his? It seems so simple now.

  • Sam

    You did a great job, both in your presentation and in the Q & A session! I think that many of the people there are actually trying to better understand the issues. Thank you for coming to California.

  • Hector

    Andrew, thanks for taking the time after the seminar to speak with me and sign your book. I have to admit, just talking to you one on one I can see the passion you have for what you do, it’s genuine and like I told you, your stepping out in faith inspires me. But I have to admit, on the way home (an hour drive) I had more questions than answers. I will read your book and seek the Lord’s guidance on this subject. I just read what you signed in the book “let the Lord lead your heart and your head” yeah…I need that…I guess we all need that, right. Take care and I’ll frequenting your blog. God bless,