Paul Sorensen, Founding President of The Holy City Collective, talks with us about how he uses MoonClerk to raise money from around the globe for his nonprofit initiative.
Can you tell us a little about Holy City Collective?
The Holy City Collective (HCC) is a new nonprofit space and initiative being established in the Daniel Island Corridor of Charleston to cultivate community and culture for the common good of Charleston and beyond. Part coworking space, part meeting space, and pure functional goodness, we aim to serve all, with a special emphasis on social and tech entrepreneurs. With sponsors from Nashville to Chicago to New York City to London, we hope that many good works will be inspired and birthed in our space.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I serve as the Founding President of the HCC, and my responsibilities include being the pack leader in buzz making, leadership recruitment and oversight, and the growth of our intellectual, service, network, and financial capital.
How did you get started?
The vision behind the HCC was birthed in a network meeting I was able to attend with Tim Keller of Redeemer City to City many years ago. Originally trained as an investment banker and then making the switch to charity and church planter, I sought to find a way to more innovatively and collaboratively serve Charleston and other cities around the United States. The HCC represents our flagship model to achieve this end, and we hope to share and export our model to other cities once we become self-sustaining.
What have been some key factors in growing your organization?
The first thing that comes to mind is clarity and conviction of calling. When you are doing a startup, there are many good folks that are “for” you but not necessarily “with” you. Thus, the journey can be lonely and demands a great deal of perseverance. Ironically, what we have discovered is that displaying this necessary perseverance around clarity and conviction of calling actually wins people over time.
The second thing that comes to mind is humility and hunger. We have asked so many good people and organizations for wisdom and help, and we are committed to being lifelong learners and networkers. As we are able, like those who have helped us along the way, we hope to be known for our radical hospitality and generosity.
What do you use MoonClerk for?
We use MoonClerk to raise donations via our overseeing nonprofit organization, The Mission Collective, as well as to receive member and guest payments for the HCC.
What made you decide to use MoonClerk?
We have used MoonClerk since our birth. We have several friends in both the startup and the nonprofit sectors who use MoonClerk (e.g. Redeemer City to City), and it helps that I had heard good things about MoonClerk’s cofounder.
What was your experience when switching and getting started with MoonClerk?
MoonClerk was very simple and reliable from day one. We like that MoonClerk is a simple platform that offers recurring payment (and donor) plans. Moreover, we like how responsive the MoonClerk management team has been when we have had questions.
How has MoonClerk improved or helped your organization?
Moonclerk has allowed us to raise money as a nonprofit initiative with ease from around the globe.
Any advice for others who are in similar industries?
Given the nature of our organization, we really believe that it is better to give than to receive. Thus, I would encourage likeminded organizations to always look for ways to share and to serve without any expectation of reward. In the thick of the struggle of startup mode, this posture can be incredibly challenging. Still, I believe giving builds better organizations and cities and is worth the investment.