FAQ

Developing funds for growing Christian work

General


General


Q. What is the vision and mission of Genesis?

Our vision is:

    Development funds for growing Christian work.

Our mission is:

    To help Christian Organisations throughout the world with strategic planning and seed capital in order to multiply their work and implement projects that become self funding, so that they have the greatest impact for Christ’s Kingdom.



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Q. What are the requirements for an applicant for financial support from Genesis?

The applicant should have a clear understanding of its vision and mission, which is clearly articulated. This mission should be based on thier calling by God and thus be based on a Christian motive.

The applicant should demonstrate good corporate governance, strong leadership and professional management principles.

The applicant must be endorsed by the Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (Item 1) (DGR) or if it is not a DGR entity,  it must be endorsed as an Income Tax Exempt Charity and Tax Concessional Charity(TCC).



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Q. What are the requirements for a project that Genesis would consider?

The project should be specific and strategic within the mission of the applicant and the general development of the kingdom of God. Once implemented, the project should produce some multiplier effect. The project should plan to become self funding in a reasonable time.



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Q. What does Genesis look for in a church plant?

Church planting is essentially a spiritual endeavour, instigated and driven by our Father. Yet God uses human agency to grow his Kingdom.

 The following are some criteria we use to assess a request for a grant to plant a church:

A. Is the leader the right person?

Is the leader an ‘entrepreneur’ rather than a ‘manager’?  There is some evidence that a church planter should be more entrepreneur than manager.

Some characteristics of an entrepreneur are… 

  • Clarity of vision and ability to communicate that vision with enthusiasm
  • Gifts of evangelism & an evangelistic heart (including one-on-one)
  • Ability to work without structure and then create structure
  • Tenacity, resolve, determination, perseverance
  • Ability to rally others to a cause (leadership gifts)
  • Willing to be accountable to the governance of the core support group

 Some other issues are: 

  • Training – what training or experience in basic sub-ministries (youth work, aged care, etc) and organization management does the person have?
  • Self evaluation – has the leader conducted an objective analysis of their suitability, and their role and responsibilities?
  • Is the person the right cultural fit for the target group?
  • Confirmation by mature Christian leaders – e.g. other church planters, leaders in the area, diocesan leaders.  Referees should be given who are available to interview. Is there a review by Geneva Push, Acts29 , City to City or similar?
  • Is there a possibility of part time work (tent making) in the area?
  • are the range of gifts (Ephesians 4) included in the leadership team that oversees the core group/church plant?

B.    Who is the Target Group?

A well-defined description of the target group that God has called the church planter and the core group to minister to is essential.  We like to see a focus on new believers.

  • Has a target group been identified?
  • Does this church plant reach the target group in ways others have not?
  • Has an evangelistic strategy been developed?
  • Will the location of the gathering(s) be suitable to the mission?
  • Does this mission inspire the church planter?
  • Future planting possibilities – Will this first planting become a beachhead for further planting?
  • Does the target group have the potential to provide self-sufficiency in 3-5 years? This will depend on the socio-economic profile of the target group.

C.   Leadership team & Church plant team

A committed and active leadership team and church plant team is seen as critical. 

  • Is there a leadership team established with the range of gifts (Eph 4:11) and are able to significantly contribute their gifts?
  • Has the leadership team been meeting and praying regularly, over a good length of time (3-6 months)?
  • Is there a prayer strategy?
  • Do some of the leadership team and or the church plant team have gifts of evangelism?
  • Do the socio-demographics of the leadership team and church plant team fit the strategy?
  • Is the initial church plant team aligned with the leadership team's strategy and prayer?

D.   Mother Church/Mentor 

The support of a mother church is preferred. However, in the absence of a mother church, a committed, suitable mentor should be in place. 

If there is a mother church:

  • Does the mother church have a clear, written vision for the target group?
  • Has the mother church planted a church before?
  • Is the mother church growth-oriented?
  • Will the core group leaving have a detrimental effect on the mother church?
  • Will the mother church provide support (e.g. prayer, people, funds)?
  • Will this support be for a reasonable period (3 years)?
  • Is it planned for the new church to become totally independent?

 If there is no mother church, then the committed mentor:

  • Does the mentor have a clear, written vision for the target group?
  • Has the mentor planted a church before?
  • Is the mentor growth-oriented?
  • Will the mentor provide support (e.g. prayer, time, active oversight)?
  • Will this support be committed for a reasonable period (3 years)? 

E.    Is there a plan?

A plan unifies the core group and team members around the God-given vision of the church plant and facilitates co-ordination of the various gifts within the team. 

Is there a written strategic plan, including the following?

  • Core Biblical Values
  • Mission and Vision (for that church and the target group)
  • An accurate profile of the target group
  • Identified initial key ministry areas
  • Preliminary goals, including conversion growth
  • A methodology for evaluating success (perhaps use of an external facilitator?)
  • Role of prayer

What is the legal structure of the church plant?

  • Structure and how it relates to other relevant bodies (Denomination? Mother church? etc)
  • The selection of a governing body of suitably gifted and called members
  • Schedules for governing body’s meetings and the administration thereof
  • Accountability of the leader

Are there developed/organized teams?

  • Prayer team
  • Key ministry areas
  • Financial role
  • Clear job descriptions of each role
  • Involvement of the team in developing the plan
  • A commencement timetable

Is there a budget?

  • Viable in 3-5 years?
  • External, objective audit

Is there a detailed plan and time line for the first 12 months?

F.    GLF Policy

The Genesis Life Foundation will generally consider supporting church planting in Australiasia (including start up, “re-potting”), with a grant of up to 1/3 of the costs in the first year and reducing over 3 years, with balance met by the core group and mother church/external sources.



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Q. Does Genesis support property projects?

As a general rule, Genesis does not support the development of property and plant for Christian organisations. We are more interested in supporting the development of intangible activities that will be undertaken in the property and plant.



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Q. What projects are excluded?

Tax restrictions: Genesis Charitable Foundation can only distribute to organisations that have Deductible Gift Recipient (Item 1) (DGR) status. Genesis Life Foundation can only give to organisations that have Income Tax Exempt Charity and Tax Concessional Charity (TCC) status.

Geographic restrictions: The Genesis Foundations tend to favour organizations based in Australia.

Amount of funding: We like to see a well thought out, discussed, prayed over and approved ( by the governing body) growth plan for the organisation for at least 3 years. The larger the grant request, the more detail we would expect.  The funding must be for a specific project that will grow the ministry to a new sustainable level, with measurable outcomes. We expect the grant to reduce over the years of the project as the self sustianability is increasing. For first time applicants, the Genesis Foundations do not usually consider applications for greater than $50,000 in the first year and reducing in subsequent years. 

Other exclusions:

  • Generic public fundraising appeals
  • Capital or endowment funds established to provide a corpus for institutions
  • Where Genesis would constitute the sole funder of an initiative
  • Construction and refurbishment of buildings
  • part-time staff (our criteria is 3+ days pw)
  • Emergency requests and disaster appeals
  • Travel and accommodation costs alone
  • Organisations which have a capacity to obtain significant corporate or community support
  • Organisations with internal funding available


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Q. What are the grant conditions?

The conditions of the grant are broadly:

  • The grant is to be used exclusively for the project
  • The grantee must use their best endeavours to complete the project in the specified time
  • The grantee will advise Genesis of any material change in the project
  • The grantee will show the grant separately in its accounting so that the use of the funds can be reported to Genesis
  • There will be no acknowledgement of Genesis in published material, without prior consent
  • The grantee will provide a receipt promptly after each grant payment they receive
  • The grantee is to provide an annual report as at 30 June each year (to be received by 30 September), using our one page Annual Report format
  • The grantee is to provide a Final report as at the 30 June or 31 December following completion of the project (to be received within 3 months of that date), using our one page Final Report format.


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Q. How do I make a donation to Genesis?

Gifts maybe made by bank transfer or by cheque. Simply complete the form on this website and

Either mail the cheque and the form to

    Genesis Charitable Foundation
    PO Box N316,
    Grosvenor Place
    Sydney NSW 1220

Or (if your gift is by bank transfer) fax the completed form to 02 9969 5034.

Genesis only receives monetary gifts, however transfers of financial assets can be arranged after discussion with the Chairman.



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Q. Are donations to Genesis tax-deductible?

All gifts to the Genesis Charitable Foundation over $2.00 are tax deductible. The Australian Taxation Office reference number is DGR:461 235.

You can read a copy of the letter in the Donors section of this web site.

(Donations to the Genesis Life Foundation are not tax deductible).



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Q. What happens to the money I gift?

The monies are invested while the projects are investigated. The Foundation is conservatively invested with a balance of defensive and growth investments. The distribution policy is on a needs basis and not restricted to the annual net earnings of the fund - in recent times, the distributions haev exceeded the net income of the foundations.



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Q. What is Genesis Life Foundation and how does it differ from Genesis Charitable Foundation?

Both foundations support similar projects and have similar project requirements. The same grant application form can be used.

However the foundations differ in certain tax requirements for gifts:

    Gifts to Genesis Charitable Foundation are tax deductible (over $2) and grants from that foundation can only be to organisations that have the Deductible Gift Recipient (Item 1) status.

    Gifts to Genesis Life Foundation are not tax deductible and grants from that foundation can only be to organizations that have Income Tax Exempt Charity and Tax Concessional Charity(TCC) status.

The same form for gifts maybe used for either foundation.

Both foundations have the same trustee company.



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