About Us - History & Vision
Meet The Need’s origins date back to 2000 when its founder, Jim Morgan, was a consultant helping “Dot Com” companies develop Internet strategies. As a Christian he began thinking about how the Internet could be leveraged for a ministry purpose rather than for just making money. At the same time, he was looking for opportunities to “give back”, but had no idea who to call or where to go to find ways to help that would fit his skills and interests.
God gave him an inspired thought – if we can shop online for what we want to buy, why can’t we “shop” online for someone who needs what we want to give away? By creating those types of 1-to-1 connections, Christians could meet not only the physical and material needs of others, but their spiritual needs as well. Jim realized that technology which could potentially mobilize millions of others just like Jim to help those in need was already available in the business world – someone just needed to bring it over to the world of outreach!
A 501(c)3 to test the concept was launched with a few churches in 2003 in Tampa, Florida and it quickly became apparent that churches and church members truly did want to do more to impact their communities. But someone needed to help alleviate the administrative burden of running outreach programs – doing so could dramatically increase the amount of outreach activity taking place among Christian churches. The rest, as they say, is history.
Meet The Need began working on a comprehensive redesign in 2005, taking over 3 years to complete. Today, Meet The Need brings best-practices in E-Commerce, Outsourcing, Business Intelligence and Customer Relationship Management to churches and ministries for the sole purpose of helping them reach out to those in need, yet continues to do so as a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit ministry.