Mission Match® Terms and Conditions
General Terms. Mission Match®, including all previous and future versions, is a project of empty tomb®, inc. that has been developed to make matching contribution funds available to qualified congregations that submit an application with related materials, and are accepted by Mission Match. This offering will terminate without further notice if available funds have been expended. Funds will be distributed on a first come-first served basis. No church is eligible to receive more than the amount of matching funds available to the Mission Match program. Mission Match shall be the sole and final judge, both of the qualification of applicants, and whether the proposed mission projects meet the Mission Match criteria. Matching contributions shall be made only to churches within the United States that are historically Christian churches, as defined by Mission Match. Mission Match is not obligated to reserve or distribute any funds, if the total amount of available Mission Match funds are reserved or expended before your church's initial application letter has been received and approved by Mission Match, or if churches fail to follow the appropriate procedures, including the completion and return of a valid Request Form within the congregation's Reservation period, if applicable. In the event that Mission Match provides a matching contribution to a congregation that applies for such a matching contribution, Mission Match assumes no responsibility for the mission project proposed and/or carried out by the congregation. The congregation carries out the mission project that it has proposed to Mission Match on the sole responsibility of the congregation. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the congregation shall indemnify and hold harmless Mission Match, and its parent organization, empty tomb, inc., from and against all claims, damages, losses, and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys' fees, arising out of or resulting from the implementation of the mission project proposed and carried out by the congregation for which the congregation applied for and received a matching contribution from Mission Match. Mission Match and empty tomb, inc. reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions without notice.
Timing and Handling of Application Letters. Since the funds are available on a first come-first served basis, the timing of the application is important. All applications received in the office of empty tomb, inc. on any given work day (excluding holidays) before 5:00 P.M. Central time, will be considered as having been received on that same day regardless of the time of day they are received. If applications are received after 5:00 P.M. or on non-working days, they will be considered to have been received on the next working day. If multiple applications are received on the day when the remaining balance of Mission Match funds is insufficient to satisfy all applications received that day, the remaining balance may be allocated among the qualified applications, at the discretion of Mission Match. In questions of date and time of receipt and distribution allocations, the judgment of the Mission Match staff shall be final. Mission Match and empty tomb, inc. shall not be liable for any damages of any kind associated with an application for Mission Match funds.
- All submissions to the Mission Match program must be in writing and have the following words printed clearly on the outside envelope: Mission Match, c/o empty tomb, inc.
- All U.S. mail should be sent to P.O. Box 2404, Champaign, IL 61825-2404 or, if a carrier other than the United States Post Office is used, to 301 North Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820.
Computer Access Documents. Documents for Mission Match may be obtained via access to the empty tomb, inc. Web site. Mission Match is not responsible for any computer errors or technical difficulties that may prevent you from accessing the Web site or from our failure to update information (such as the remaining balance of available Mission Match funds) on the Web site in a timely fashion. Mission Match will attempt to keep such information up to date, but makes no guarantee to do so. No electronic applications will be accepted.
Duty to Distribute. After having been notified that Mission Match funds have been reserved for the congregation, the next step is for the congregation to raise the New Mission Money within the Reservation Period. To request the Mission Match check, the congregation must have in hand the New Mission Money that is to be matched by Mission Match funds. When the funds are raised, the congregation returns the provided Request Form. The congregation that requests and accepts Mission Match funds must agree in writing that, within 30 calendar days of the delivery of Mission Match funds to the congregation, the congregation will distribute to the mission project stated on the Application Form, both the Mission Match funds and the funds raised by the congregation for that same mission project. Any extension of this deadline must be agreed on in writing at the time the Request Form is submitted and accepted. The congregation returns the completed Confirmation Form provided by the Mission Match office to confirm the money has been spent by the congregation on the mission project stated on the Application form, or the congregation returns the uncashed Mission Match check, on or before the deadline on the Confirmation Form.
Publicity. empty tomb, inc. reports all Mission Match matching contributions that it makes, on the annual Internal Revenue Service Form 990. This form is also required to be available to the public, and therefore is posted on the empty tomb Web site. In addition, the congregation will provide information to Mission Match on its Application, and may also send additional materials, such as photos (whether print or electronic), comments (in writing or verbal, in hard copy or through electronic transmission), video, and newsletters or other materials about the congregation and its members. By signing an application and accepting a matching contribution, the congregation's representatives grant to Mission Match and empty tomb, inc. permission to use any or all materials, slides, photos, video, or other media (whether print or electronic), and comments (such as written and in emails) provided by congregation correspondents, in explaining and publicizing the Mission Match program to others, whether the materials are used in information on the Worldwide Web, or in other media, whether printed, electronic and/or in other forms.Back to top