The Impact Fund is essential to all areas of EMM’s mission. It enables EMM to recruit and send workers, cover some of the cost of worker support, update constituents through publications like Missionary Messenger, provide salaries and benefits for the staff who support these activities, and much more. A charitable gift for which you do not indicate a preference will benefit the Impact Fund.

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The Impact Fund makes a difference — here’s how givers like you made an impact in 2017:

In 2017, 139 people’s gifts to the Impact Fund were multiplied during the Extraordinary Give.

One day out of the year, your gifts to Eastern Mennonite Missions go further. During this incredible 24-hour event, the Lancaster County Community Foundation and its sponsors expand any charitable gift of $25 or more given here.

Since the Extraordinary Give started in 2012, more than $31 million has been raised for participating organizations. In 2017, there was a “stretch pool” of $523,490. Participating organizations each received a portion of this stretch pool based on the total percentage of giving. In addition to the funds from the stretch pool and the $32,040 given toward the Impact Fund, people also preferenced $23,192 for EMM workers, bringing the total money EMM received from the Extraordinary Give to $58,842!

Last year, Roy and Ada Burkhart took part in the Extraordinary Give by supporting EMM. They give to EMM because they believe in what we do as a Mennonite organization. We asked Roy what he might say to someone who was considering giving to EMM for the first time during the Extraordinary Give. He shared, “EMM is definitely worthy, and as God blesses and provides, we’ll continue to share!”

You can be part of this year’s Extraordinary Give!

Mark your calendar for November 16, and join our community for this wonderful opportunity to make a difference. Here’s how it works.

  1. Let others know about the Extraordinary Give!
  2. Any time from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on November 16, go to, where you can give to EMM.
  3. Stop by 450 N. Prince St., Lancaster, Pa., from 5 to 9 p.m. on November 16 for an Extraordinary Give party with EMM and other organizations. Learn more here.

To learn more about what makes the Extraordinary Give so extraordinary, click here

Kaylene Derksen serves as Development director at EMM.