Global Institute For Transformation® (GIFT)

  Transforming hearts, lives and communities by helpng people accept and share the gift(s) of God.

Welcome to the Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT), a cross-denominational, 501(c)(3) ministry. 

GIFT's mission involves supporting the spiritual, material and physical needs of people around the world, by working collaboratively with the Church 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 places globally.  (Click here to learn more.)

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."

And as the United Method Church explains, "The Mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."


Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT) has become an affiliate of the Father Joseph Network (FJN), after working together to advance economic development.  FJN's work across Haiti represents a proven model for eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger, enabling wellbeing and more.
FJN has appointed Tim Maurer, GIFT's founder, as CEO of the Father Joseph Network organization.  Learn more about FJN by watching a documentary produced about Father Joseph available through Amazon, and by visiting the FJN website (

GIFT espouses and supports Christian unity

GIFT has received endorsements from both Catholic and Protestant leaders due to our focus on 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 help Catholic and Protestant church communities and parishioners in their faith journeys and put their faith into action in exciting new ways.

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

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 works hard to create exciting innovations in Spiritual & Material resources to help people advance in their faith and share Christ's love with others.
GIFT enables solidarity
GIFT helps U. S. churches affect greater solidarity with our hungry brothers and sisters by growing local community gardens,  and
then helping churches around the world grow community gardens.
For example: GIFT is working with  Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center, Poland, and has forged a collaborative with multiple organizations in Haiti and Malawi, to bring smart sweet potato farming -- "The Mother Teresa of Foods" -- to communities in such need. GIFT is helping global communities harness leading-edge technologies -- such as  real-time soil sensors, weather data and webcam video, and an instructional web portal  -- to increase solidarity and optimize farm results. 
Click here to learn more about this example of GIFT's transforming work. To make a  tax deductible donation to this worthy cause, please go to our invest page:(  and click on the Global Sweet Potato Farming button.
GIFT seeks out, 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 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. The Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT) will be working with individuals, churches, ministries and the business community to advocate for the fulfillment of these goals 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:  Check out this video, too, and join us in something so meaningful, so impactful, so wonderful and so worthwhile: