Welcome to the Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT),

a cross-denominational, 501(c)(3), non-profit ministry

GIFT's mission involves supporting the material, physical and spiritual needs of people around the world, by working collaboratively with the Church, ministries and the global Christian community. For example: GIFT is running a "smart," sweet potato farming program to bring "The Mother Teresa of Foods" to those in dire need of food and income in Haiti with the Father Joseph Network, in Malawi with Daughters of Wisdom and in Philippines with the Eco-genesis ministry. (Click here) GIFT advances transformative solutions to unmet needs, including developing, testing, learning from and scaling best practices globally,

GIFT helps all Christians fulfill our calling identified in the Document on the Laity, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: "All of the baptized are called to work toward the transformation of the world... All of the faithful are called in various ways to share in the Church’s mission of announcing the reign of God and transforming the world in the light of Christ.”

As Pope Francis indicated in his first Palm Sunday Mass, "With Christ, we can transform ourselves and the world."

ONE OF GIFT'S KEY ROLES IS HELPING OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND MINISTRIES TRANSFORM THE WORLD

GIFT has researched and vetted innovative solutions for impacting lives and addressing global issues and has advanced such solutions as supercomputing for smart agriculture, water filtration, and irrigation for continuous farming.  GIFT has also identified organizations involved in sustainable development which we are supporting with innovations and resources.

GIFT seeks to create exciting innovations in Spiritual and Material resources to encourage and help people in advancing in their faith and in sharing Christ's love with others in tangible ways. GIFT researches, develops and provides access to high-impact resources -- and enables co-creation and collaboration processes -- to help the Church body continue to build a more loving, just, equitable, livable, peaceful, happy and sustainable world for all people.

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

-- "17 Goals To Transform Our World."

In 2015, all 193 nations in the UN committed to achieving radical goals of eradicating all poverty, ending all hunger, providing universal clean water, assuring well-being, advancing industry and jobs globally, fixing the planet, and more -- all by 2030! Fact is: this is what the Church is called to do in Matthew 25 and elsewhere in Holy Scripture. Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT) will be working with individuals, churches, ministries and the business community to advocate for fulfillment of the SDGs and to continue researching and deploying efficacious innovations to "transform our world."

Please take the time to read the following blog post on fulfilling the SDGs written by Tim Maurer, GIFT's founder, which is based on his career-long involvement in helping to set strategy for corporations, business organizations and even the White House: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/everyone-can-benefit-we-take-steps-now-fulfill-un-goals-tim-maurer? Check out this video, too, and join us in something so meaningful, so impactful, so wonderful and so worthwhile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpqVmvMCmp0/.

The key to fulfilling the SDGs will be to affect both cross- cutting initiatives as well as collaborations as recommended in SDG 17-Partnerships.  GIFT's work using supercomputing in advancing Orange Flesh Sweet Potatoes and Leaves is one example of enabling both cross-cutting impacts and  interdiciplinary, cross-sector collaborations.

GIFT Works Directly With Faith Communities Encouraging 

Active Faith Engagement In Transforming Lives


GIFT resources and leadership have been tapped by multiple churches to encourage active spirituality, including addressing unmet physical and material needs.

GIFT Aligns With Honey For Haiti

"Something Sweet for Sustainable Change"

Honey For Haiti has developed an array of services to help a wonderful orphanage in Haiti, and now Honey For Haiti is part of GIFT.


Honey For Haiti has designed and implemented innovative sustainable development projects for Maison L'Arc-en-Ciel d'Haiti Orphanage, benefiting children affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. H4H's goal has been to assist the orphanage in creating sustainable sources of income through agricultural and livestock based projects, in addition to providing technical training for the children to develop their skills for their eventual reintegration into Haitian society. This model plan and operation can benefit others.


By aligning with GIFT, Honey For Haiti's tremendous works, model and success can be transferred across Haiti and to other communities in need globally. For more details on Honey For Haiti's work, visit Honey For Hait's website.

GIFT supports Christian unity

GIFT has received endorsements from both Catholic and Protestant leaders, recognizing our innovations in serving people's spiritual and physical needs.

Archbishop Elden Curtiss endorsed GIFT as “sorely needed” for our work in Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. GIFT has also received multiple Catholic Church Imprimaturs. Nazarene Church District Superintendent, Larry White, also encouraged the creation of GIFT.

GIFT has developed Spiritual resources to encourage and equip Catholic and Protestant church communities and parishioners in their faith journeys and in putting their faith into action in exciting new ways.


GIFT leadership has been engaged to conduct transformative faith formation seminars for Archdiocesan and local Church communities. GIFT stands ready to work with your organization in helping to advance fervency of faith to transform lives.

GIFT encourages everyone to reflect upon all the wonderful gifts our loving God has bestowed upon us (including life itself and all God's provisions) and to reciprocate with love to God for his incredible provisions and love. GIFT asserts that there's much comfort and joy in knowing that we're all brothers and sisters in the family of God, and GIFT encourages everyone to love one another as Christ loves us. GIFT advances the two faith pillars: 1) everything's a GIFT; 2) based on everything being a gift from our creator, we should be open to transforming our lives and the world in accordance with the love of God.

GIFT enables global solidarity by addressing hunger with smart sweet potato farming

GIFT helps Churches and Christians across the U. S. affect greater solidarity with our starving brothers and sisters around the world, by growing orange flesh sweet potatoes and their leaves as foundational, highly efficacious and nutritious crops.

GIFT has forged collaborative efforts with multiple Church organizations in Haiti, Malawi and Philippines -- and works with Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center, Poland -- to provide tons of sweet potatoes, The Mother Teresa of Foods, to hungry people, and to create farm incomes.

GIFT is helping global communities harness leading-edge technologies -- such as real-time soil sensors, weather data and an instructional web portal -- to increase solidarity, optimize farm results and close the digital divide. Click here to learn more about this example of GIFT's transforming work. To make a tax-deductible donation to this worthy cause, please click here to go to our investment page, and then click on the Global Sweet Potato Farming button.

GIFT has Aligned with FATHER JOSEPH NETWORK to Fulfill the UN SDGs

www.fatherjosephnetwork.org

Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT) has become affiliated with the Father Joseph Network (FJN), Haiti, after working together to advance the SDGs. FJN's work across Haiti represents a proven model for eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger, enabling wellbeing and more.


FJN is a great example of the Church and God's people carrying forth Christ's love through tangible, innovative action -- consistent with Church teaching to Act (on an issue)… Reflect (on the root cause)… and TRANSFORM (the root cause). FJN is an NGO conglomerate comprised of the nation's largest Microfinance institution, a Peasant's Cooperative, a University, Clinics, a School, an Orphanage and a Religious Order. FJN had appointed Tim Maurer, GIFT's founder, as CEO of the Father Joseph Network organization to help create centers of excellence organization-wide. Learn more about FJN by watching a documentary produced about Father Joseph available through Amazon, and by visiting the FJN website (www.fatherjosephnetwork.org).