Recently Read: GCFA sues over UMCMarket


The Nashville Post has a story this morning about the lawsuit filed by GCFA in regards to the UMCMarket product they have been promoting during the past year:

In 2012, the GCFA signed an agreement with Foundation Automation and Zebraplace to develop what would be called UMCMarket, through which Methodists would be able to donated to the church and its various arms while making purchases through online retailers such as Amazon. As part of the agreement, Foundation Automation was to pay the GCFA $100,000 on a payment schedule through the beginning of 2015 and Zebraplace would pay an annual royalty fee of 10 percent. In exchange, the companies would be recognized by the denomination as “Strategic Partners.”

The web portal launched successfully in 2013 and Foundation Automation made its initial $5,000 payment; however, according to suit, it has made no subsequent payments. In February, the GCFA gave notice it was terminating the agreement.

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Interested to know more about when this happened.

As of 3/20/2014 – was registered by Zebraplace. That is the time that went into it’s current offline state. shows as being in domain transfer status as of 4/1/2014. A visit to the GCFA website still has the top story about and how it can benefit your church and the connection by using it to shop online.

Would like to have more information as was featured in the most recent edition of the Arkansas United Methodist and then this all happened.

Jay Voorhees, Former Executive Editor

Stephen, we have calls into GCFA to find out more.

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