Celebrating God’s Faithfulness

From Generation to Generation

Let this be recorded for a generation to come so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.
Psalm 102:18

Has Connected Families blessed or inspired your family?

The donor community makes it possible to offer resources at very low prices (and offer scholarships to anyone asking!). So if you’ve benefited from Connected Families resources, it’s because someone like you contributed.

During our 20th year as a ministry, we invite you to celebrate God’s faithfulness from generation to generation. Two ways you can engage:

  • Join the Donor Team for the first time. Gifts of $20, $50, $100 or more will help bless families in new places through new partnerships.
  • Already on the Donor Team? Consider increasing your gift 20% this year to launch this ministry to the next generation of families. We love to see families connected to both God and His purposes, and each other.
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God’s faithfulness through the ages

In 2002, Jim and Lynne Jackson stepped out in faith with an idea, a handful of committed supporters, and God’s calling on their life.

Over the years, the team has always prayed that God would “multiply our efforts.” That prayer has been answered over and over again!

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Online Courses

Connected Families has equipped hundreds of parents each year in the upper Midwest with live workshops. Now, through online courses, we are able to reach thousands worldwide, and those numbers grow every year.

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Parent Coaching Certification

In the past, Chad Hayenga and Lynne Jackson were able to work 1:1 with a few dozen families a year. By the end of this year, there will be 55 parent coaches certified by Connected Families to have an impact within their sphere of influence.

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Chinese Language Initiative

Approximately 16% of the world’s population reads and writes Chinese. With the help of passionate Chinese parents and grandparents, we are now providing resources to this community as well.

20 years of Connected Families in 10 minutes.

You are part of God’s faithfulness through Connected Families

If you are reading this right now, then YOU are part of what God is doing to bless families.

  • You are engaging with life-giving content and transforming your home in the process.
  • You are sharing Connected Families with your sphere of influence.
  • You are donating to make all of this possible!

YOU are the result of 20+ years of God’s faithfulness through the Donor Team. And we couldn’t be more grateful. 

If you have any questions about our finances, our fundraising philosophy, or our vision for expansion, please ask.

Celebrate with us!

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This year, to meet our goals for the coming year, we aim to raise $450,000. This will fuel the ministry to:

  • Provide more resources to parents online
  • Equip more parents
  • Build more partnerships

Keep checking back here for year-end fundraising updates, and consider joining the campaign by:

  • Giving a $20 donation to join the Donor Team.
  • Providing a 20% stretch gift to multiply our reach to more families!

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Our gift to you

As our gift to you, when you join the Donor Team, you’ll receive a “Connect First” coffee mug as a reminder of the importance of leading with love in your important relationships.

How your generosity helps more parents

  • $50 – covers the annual cost of your own weekly inspiration, and pays it forward to another parent
  • $250 – equips a church, mom’s group, or ministry to register for a small group
  • $600 – allows FIVE families to participate in Discipline That Connects online course on full scholarships


Alternative Donation Methods

You may use our donation link or you may use any of the methods below to donate.

Give through ACH

Completing an ACH form simplifies our administrative efforts and frees us to spend more time in hands-on ministry. Please fill out the ACH form and return it with a voided check.

Give through Paypal

Go to our PayPal Charity account, and follow the instructions.

Give by check

Make checks payable to Connected Families and mail to:
10800 Old County Rd 15, Suite 100
Plymouth, MN 55441

Give by stock transfer

Account Name: Cross Generation dba Connected Families
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AmazonSmile — You Shop. Amazon Gives.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Cross-Generation dba Connected Families. Sign me up!

Give the gift of your story

Sharing stories about how Connected Families has challenged or encouraged you is such a blessing to us and to the Connected Families parent community. Please take a minute and share your story with us.

Check into your company match program

Many companies will match your contributions dollar for dollar. Check with your HR representative today!

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Are you a Thrivent member? Do you have Choice Dollars available? Help more moms and dads parent with confidence by directing your Thrivent Choice Dollars to Connected Families!

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Our Financial Integrity & Commitment to You

Since our beginning in 2002, Connected Families has maintained the highest level of financial integrity. We stand accountable before you and God to use your resources wisely and efficiently. We are committed to financial disclosure and trustworthy stewardship. As such, here are our guiding financial principles:

  • We pledge to use money well – with accountability to God as our greatest desire. We will spend overhead money as wisely as we can – fully accountable to our Board of Directors. Our primary guiding principle is to be good stewards of the funds and the quality employees that God has provided.
  • All our finances are audited annually by the independent CPA firm Ellingson & Ellingson. Recommendations are followed and the report and form 990 filing record are available for review. To request copies, fill out our contact us form
  • If the goal of a given fundraising campaign is met, we will gratefully apply additional gifts to other equally important aspects of Connected Families’ ongoing ministry to families.
  • For many of our services, we invite people to make suggested donations. We let them know what the service costs, and if they are able to pay for the service we invite them to contribute that amount or more. But we do not withhold services when people are unable to pay and we will serve for whatever people can offer.
  • Connected Families compensates all staff within the guidelines provided by the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits. 
  • Jim & Lynne Jackson take no royalties from their books, audios, or videos. These proceeds, and all suggested speaking and coaching fees are paid directly to Connected Families.
  • Connected Families is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all contributions are tax-deductible.

In every detail, our standard is absolute financial integrity. Our most recent financial report is available upon request. To receive a copy, or to ask us any questions about our financial principles or practices, please fill out this contact form.