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Stealing money raised by a church to help homeless and abused women is pretty low. But that’s just what a group of hackers did, according to CBS News.

…..item 1)….Yahoo! News….THE LOOKOUT….Hackers steal 0,000 from church fund for homeless

By Zachary Roth | The Lookout – 1 hr 27 mins ago……Friday July 01, 2011….


"You kind of have to take a deep breath and you have to trust in the Lord," Richard Pates, the bishop of St Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa told CBS News, after losing 0,000 in the heist.

The swindle was one example of a growing cyber-crime technique, known as account takeover fraud. Hackers, often located in eastern Europe, target small town institutions or civic groups that may lack sophisticated defenses. They send the target groups an email that looks to be from a friend or the IRS, which prompts the recipients to click on a link. That click then allows a malicious software bug to infect their computer, and steal sensitive data such as bank passwords. Money can then be simply be transferred to the criminal’s own account.

Other victims of the scheme include the town of Pittsford, N.Y. which recently lost 9,000, and a small-town library in Florida which was hit for 0,000 last year.

"You’re seeing a lot of this type of crime get reported now," Ron Plesco, head of the National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance in Pittsburgh, told CBS. ""No doubt in my mind this is organized crime," he added.

The FBI says it opens one or two new cases of account takeover fraud a week.

St Ambrose’s losses eventually were covered by insurance and its bank. But that’s not always the case: Pittsford was only able to get back ,000.

Churches Turn to Innovative Internet Fund Raising?

Churches Turn to Innovative Internet Fund Raising?

Churches Turn to Innovative Internet Fund Raising?

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Churches Turn to Innovative Internet Fund Raising?

By: John Reed

About the Author

The author, John Reed, has 15 years business experience and has had the opportunity to use and review multiple online services. You can read more about funding churches via the internet at www.typobounty.com

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Churches are repeatedly short of funds during particular seasons of the year. As members leave town on vacations and holidays, many churches are left in the position of financial limbo until the faithful few return and are able to contribute financially through offerings and tithes.

Other such financial drops happen during special occasions when church congregations are required to dig deep to support various church related programs and events such as mission trips, concerts, television expenses, radio broadcasts, and many other worth while Christian services, activities and duties. Combined with the limitations of having a small congregation or a large congregation that is not high income, many worth while church related ventures go undone or they become postponed indefinitely.

Factoring in those expenses that are crucial to the Lords work but are easily over looked, a church is often less productive than it could be. Financial requirements such as paying for church vans, church utilities, maintenance, landscaping, printing costs, choir robes, office supplies and hundreds of other low key but vital expenditures that must some how be paid for, can affect the effectiveness of a church body to fulfill the great commission which reads, And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 15:16

Many churches are finding that commandment unreachable to say the least. Reaching the world costs money.

For most churches raising the necessary money to do all of the great things they desire to do seems out of reach because of the limited amount of money their parishioners earn in a given year. Tithes and offerings can only be given if there is something to tithe and offer.

Members often feel guilty about their inability to give all of the money they would like to give to their local church. It is a constant struggle in the minds of faithful members whether to give until it hurts to help heaven or apply the money to their various needs here on earth.

This epic tug of war has been raging since the first church and has been the catalyst for the launching of various types of fund raising ventures by members seeking to resolve it. In most churches money raising ideas have ranged from car washes, to musicals, bake sales to fish fries, plays to raffles and a million other witty though barely fruitful ventures.

Nothing is wrong with preparing a plate of food and selling it to customers that elect to buy but its effectiveness at raising large amounts of capital for church related expenditures leaves much to be desired. At the end of the day, a church can employ its members at tasks such as cooking, preparing plates, delivery, and spreading the word, only to come out with a 0 profit after the event has concluded. That is inefficient and frustrating to say the least.

Reaching a 21st century world using 18th century tactics is a very hard thing to do. To raise the funding necessary to meet ever-growing ambitious goals, modern day churches must upgrade their fundraising tactics by using modern day tools. The internet is very

The internet has been used for tasks such as informing those that may be looking for a church home of the churches existence but churches in general have failed to grasp the potential the internet has for raising the necessary funds to accomplish all that they envision. A new fundraising website TypoBounty dot com is changing the way churches raise funds by making the internet a major source for increased offering totals.

TypoBounty dot com is a fundraising website where churches increase the amount of money their members can afford to give them with no additional drain on the members personal finances. Churches with small congregations can raise their offering totals by hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, and churches with larger congregations can increase their annual offering totals by multiple millions of dollars per year.

TypoBounty dot com is where companies seek to have errors such a misspelled words incorrect punctuation, grammatical errors and other errors on their websites located and reported. The church member can get paid for every valid error found and reported. There are billions of web pages on the internet and there are trillions of punctuation errors on those pages alone. Not to mention all of the other types of errors that exist.

With the average fee paid per valid report being 2 dollars each, money donated to the church can add up very quickly. Each of the church members FREE hunter accounts can be directly linked to their respective churchs FREE fundraiser accounts. This means as they report valid errors, the payments go directly into the churchs account.

Churches simply create a free fundraiser account and tell all of their members to get an account and start donating. Members can donate to their respective churches during their normal internet surfing with no out of pocket expense. When hunters notice an error on a website that is not currently listed on TypoBounty dot com, they can refer website to TypoBounty. When they do this, they get a 2 day head start to find and report as many errors as they can find. A single website can yield over 20 dollars to observant Christians that seek to help their church.

If your church needs additional funding and is currently using limited fundraising techniques, suggest the TypoBounty dot com fundraising site to your pastor. Better funded churches can reach more souls for Jesus.

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Kreitler Environmental Fund Announced at Virginia Seminary

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) September 13, 2006

The Very Reverend Martha J. Horne, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), announced the creation of The Kreitler Environmental Fund, aimed to empower clergy and the church with a strong environmental ethic in order to help conserve and preserve the environment.

“The Kreitler Environmental Fund is a wonderful tribute to the Kreitlers, as well as a splendid new resource for this community,” said Dean Horne, “It is vitally important for those who would be leaders in the Church to understand the responsibility we have to safeguard ‘this fragile earth, our island home’… this generous gift will enable us to equip men and women for the critical work of environmental stewardship in the congregations and neighborhoods in which they live and carry out their ministries.”

The Kreitler Environmental Fund is being established by Peter Gwillim Kreitler (VTS ’69), his wife Catharine B. Kreitler, brother Jay Kreitler, and friends, in memory of John (Jack) Henry Kreitler and Muriel (Billie) Gwillim Kreitler, the parents of Peter Gwillim and John (Jay) Taylor Kreitler.

“Our family has initiated this Environmental Fund because Virginia Seminary has had a long and distinguished heritage of sending men and women into the world in service to God throughout all of God’s creation,” said the Rev. Peter Gwillim Kreitler, minister for the Environment in the Diocese of Los Angeles and creator of the Southern California television Series, Earth Talk Today, “…this legacy has inspired the Kreitler family and friends to help foster and embolden new leadership informed by a strong environmental ethic that will help form a sustainable model for the future.”

“Our parents, Billie and Jack Kreitler, always had a great love of the Episcopal Church and God’s natural sanctuaries from Cape Cod to the Florida Keys… they became increasingly concerned that future generations would not inherit as healthy an environment and they encouraged me, my brother Jay and all our family in our desire to preserve the places we love.”

Once fully funded, the Fund will support initiatives such as lectures, fellowships, and scholarships. The Kreitler Environmental Lectures, which will be held at the Seminary every other year, will explore the ways one’s appreciation and stewardship of the environment is enhanced by informed theological beliefs; the Kreitler Environmental Fellowships, awarded to a member of the Episcopal Church on an every other year basis, who would be in residence at the Seminary for one month, will provide recipients opportunities to deepen the Seminary community’s understanding and appreciation of why, from a Christian perspective, the environment matters; and the Kreitler Environmental Scholarships, will provide financial assistance for a student or member of the faculty of the Seminary to participate in a significant international or national consultation, conference, or event related to the environment.

Contributions to support this important ministry may be sent to The Kreitler Environmental Fund at Virginia Theological Seminary, c/o The Very Rev. Martha J. Horne, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia, 22304. For more information, contact Edwin K. Hall, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 703-461-1711.

Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church and was founded in 1823. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and 9 different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas.


Ideal Impact, Inc. Surpasses Sales and Revenue Goals in 2009; New Company Helping Churches and Christian Schools Fund Critical Needs

Grapevine, TX (PRWEB) February 2, 2010

By most accounts, 2009 was a risky year to launch a business, not to mention a difficult time to sign new customers, increase staff, or generate a profit. However, this was not the case for Ideal Impact, Inc. (www.idealimpactinc.com) in Grapevine, Texas. Since opening its doors March 2009, the employee-owned company has exceeded its sales goals, financial projections and staffing plan.

According to Wes McDaniel, founder and CEO of Ideal Impact, defying the odds was a result of having a well-defined mission, passionate employees, and good fortune.

“We are incredibly blessed to be so far ahead of our plan in such a short time,” said McDaniel, noting the company doubled initial projections by implementing 14 energy savings contracts worth 0,000 during 2009. “Because our business is to generate funds for use in other budget areas, we have been very successful in our sales efforts.”

Embarking on its goal to generate billion for Christian ministry purposes, Ideal Impact works with churches, Christian schools and faith-related organizations throughout Texas with a minimum annual energy bill of ,000. By implementing a proactive energy efficiency plan, combined with energy education training, they are able to yield surplus funds, obtain needed facility improvements and have a positive environmental impact.

“Today, everyone is facing the challenge of meeting operational, personnel and financial demands,” noted McDaniel, who estimates his company will generate million of savings during the next 20 years from the customers signed in 2009, which include Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), Bill Glass Champions for Life, Harvest Church and School, White’s Chapel United Methodist Church and Covenant Christian Academy. “Most businesses and non-profit organizations don’t realize the substantial dollars that can be easily achieved through energy savings and allocated for other purposes.”

Through a systematic analysis of energy usage, operational equipment and occupant behavior, these organizations can obtain a customized energy plan that addresses both short-term needs and long-term goals. Regardless of size or age of a building, comprehensive or individual energy conservation measures can be implemented that will improve comfort and decrease energy usage:

    HVAC mechanical equipment
    Temperature controls
    Building automation systems
    Electrical service
    Lighting retrofit
    Repair and upgrade
    Energy efficiency training

Most significantly, projects are a positive cash flow from the start with no up front costs or lease-purchase/ loan to repay.

This appealed to the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), which entered into a three-year energy savings agreement in June 2009 for its administration facility in Grapevine, Texas. The 30,000 square foot facility will save ,200 annually and projected savings over a 15-year period is approximately 8,000. In addition, they have already achieved monthly savings of 43 percent of their electric consumption.

“For several years, we have been looking for ways to maximize efficiencies in our energy usage and this is a solution that I believe will provide substantial long-term savings to our ministry,” says Joe Davis, chief financial officer of the SBTC, which has 2,143 affiliated churches throughout the state. “These savings will increase as time goes by and energy costs continue to climb. Putting more dollars into ministry and less into overhead makes perfect sense.”

Moving into 2010, McDaniel plans to increase his staff from 10 to 16, lease additional office space, exceed million in sales before the company’s one-year anniversary in March, and generate approximately 8 million in energy savings for ministry purposes.

“Our momentum continues to get stronger and our sales pipeline longer, so it seems our message is being heard and more importantly, our services and benefits understood.” stated McDaniel.

Founded March 2, 2009, Ideal Impact’s mission is well-defined: to help worship facilities and faith-based organizations reduce energy consumption and create a new revenue source; to help clients use resources wisely and efficiently; and to have a positive impact on the environment.

The company’s corporate office is located at 1133 South Main Street in downtown Grapevine. For more information call (817) 251-8498 or visit www.idealimpactinc.com.