The Lazarus Project

Resurrecting hope for Christian victims and survivors of family violence.

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Financial Support

The intervention services provided by The Lazarus Project, as well as the community outreach services provided by The Ripple Effect, are funded by the goodwill donations of our supporters.

The Ripple Effect operates as a nonprofit entity; however, it does not have its own independent 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. The Ripple Effect’s non-profit status exists as a charter of the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies, under their group exemption. The Ripple Effect and The Lazarus Project receive no funding from governmental sources or from community foundations.

Fees for Services Provided

Direct victim services provided by The Lazarus Project shall continue to be offered free of charge.

“Freely you have received. Freely give.”
Matt. 10:8

Current Funding Sources

Individual Donations

At present, the primary source of funding for operational expenses has been individual donations. Donations are accepted via postal mail or online. All donors are provided a tax-deductible receipt the month following their donation. We have been approached with several ideas by some of our community partners and supporters: corporate matching fund programs, as well as the possibility of pledges, but we have not had the internal capacity to undertake them as yet.

Fundraising Events

In the past, a few minor events have been planned for fundraising purposes.

  • The Ripple Effect sold popcorn and cotton candy at a booth for the Children’s Faire at the Children’s Discovery Museum.
  • In 2002 and 2003, The Lazarus Project sold donated items and hand-made crosses at the Walk Against Domestic Violence and the Women’s Super Saturday event at South Valley Church.
  • In 2004, a fundraiser was hosted at Sweet Tomatoes, honoring the 5th anniversary of The Ripple Effect, highlighting its numerous accomplishments.
  • In 2008, a fundraiser was hosted at Sweet Tomatoes, honoring the 10th anniversary of The Ripple Effect, highlighting its numerous accomplishments.
  • In 2008, the authors of Starting From Scratch When You’re Single Again allowed us to sell copies of the book, donating the profits to this ministry.

Do you have an idea for a fundraiser to help underwrite the cost of providing services? We’d love to hear from you!

“Call to Protect” Cell phone drives

Since 2002, The Ripple Effect has done an annual cell phone drive in October, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At the display in the county government center, a collection box is prominently displayed along with other educational information to be picked up by passers-by. Several used cell phones have been donated in such fashion, and many other agencies have agreed to host collection boxes in the reception areas of their offices. Donated cell phones are then sorted, and sent to the Wireless Foundation, which then refurbishes and redistributes them to domestic violence agencies nationwide. In addition, some of the phones collected can help us earn cash to underwrite our work.

Would your organization like to help raise much-needed funds by assisting us in collecting cell phones? We have everything you need: collection boxes, posters, brochures, and text for e-mail blasts. Just call the office to set up a cell phone drive at your church, business, or Christian school!

Sales of Curricula, Recorded Messages and Other Materials

Proceeds from the sale of items on our website are then re-invested to expand and enhance the ministry of The Lazarus Project in order to eradicate domestic violence in the Christian church.

Commitment to Financial Integrity

  • The Ripple Effect/The Lazarus Project is greatly concerned with stability and sustainability. We do not believe it wise nor responsible to plan, initiate and market programs contingent upon unstable funding sources (i.e., staff positions funded by short-term grants). Because of this commitment, we have grown much more slowly than we might like. However, while other agencies have announced new grant-funded programs with much fanfare that were later forced to close their doors when the funding dried up, we have also held our ground. We are in this for the long haul.
  • Of utmost importance in our financial picture is appropriate attention to details, and functional oversight, and convergence with the overall plan of excellence and accountability as outlined in the Bible. We have a responsibility to our donors, as well as to AEGA and the government, to manage our finances well. In addition, we have the biblical mandate to be good stewards of that which the Lord has entrusted to us. Therefore, our Board of Directors and the staff of The Ripple Effect/The Lazarus Project are committed to transparency in leadership and in all things related to the ministry, (excepting, of course, confidential information related to clients), which includes our finances. Financial records are available upon request.
  • The Ripple Effect/The Lazarus Project operate on the assumption that the projects that God ordains will somehow be provided for financially, and that if the funds required are not provided, that the project is not as high on God’s list of priorities as on our own. We remain submitted to the timing and purposes of God, and our growth as a ministry is entirely dependent upon His control.