Support the Team

Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. is a non-profit charity. We'd love your support.

Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. is about doing just that – building intimate marriages.

If you share even part of our passion, we invite you to join us in this mission.

There are a few ways you are invited to support us.

Refer

The first way you can support our team is by regularly referring your friends, family and acquaintances to our services. Tell them about the workshops, encourage them to drop by our web site, forward an email and give them our number when they need counseling. In other words, join our marketing team and help spread the message.

Donate

Building Intimate Marriages is supported, in part, by the financial contribution of those who believe in marriage and the work we do to support marriages. We are structured as a nonprofit charity so donations to Building Intimate Marriages are tax deductible like other charitable donations. Without your financial gifts many couples might never have been touched by this ministry.

Shop

The easiest way to support us is to sign in to donate each time you shop online. The only cost to you is remembering to start with the link. Merchants donate to us without charging you anything additional.

Click on the above to get started with AmazonSmile. Then, each time you shop at Amazon (using the “smile” link) Amazon will donate to us.

Pray

Those who pray for the ministry are some of the most important members of the team. We ask that you pray for:

  • The ministry – that God will direct our path
  • Dr. Sytsma and our counselors – that God will give them the wisdom and strength needed as they provide counsel.
  • Clients – that God will give hope for the future, direction for today, the ability to see the vision God has for their life and marriage, and the wisdom to stive for that vision.
Your donations make a difference!

We have been in full-time ministry most of our 10+ year marriage. We have adopted one baby, and birthed three in 4 years. We found ourselves in a very difficult place with our marriage tooking a big hit.

Dr. Sytsma was recommended to us by several friends and we knew we needed help. Over the time we’ve seen him, our marriage has been helped so much! He has walked with us through some low times and really helped us see some truth. He has helped us learn how to communicate in a much healthier way and our marriage has been incredibly impacted.

While critical to our family and ministry, we wouldn’t have been able to afford this therapy without the scholarship fund. We are so thankful for the help we needed financially!

Thank you for your generosity. Know it helps protect our family and ministry.

My husband and I are so grateful to be recipients of the Building Intimate Marriages scholarship. Without it, therapy wouldn’t be possible for us.

We are the parents of two young children, one of whom is special needs. It has been of vital importance that we seek therapeutic support and expertise in the area of our marriage, as we found it far too easy to put all of our energies and focus into the needs of our children.

Our resources are stretched thin due to the significant medical costs of caring for a special needs child. I also bring a history of childhood trauma to the table, which requires more frequent therapy sessions.  

Dr Sytsma has offered a safe place to talk about my healing while helping me to become a safe and healthy spouse and parent. It is my deepest desire for the brokenness of my past to stop here. I am so very grateful for the scholarship so that I can continue the work of that goal. Please know that my family reflects the character of gratitude and grace because of your generosity.

About contributing to Building Intimate Marriages.

While we are a non-profit charity in the State of Georgia, we believe general operating expenses and salaries should be paid by receipts for the services we provide. Money donated to BIM goes to two specific purposes.

Our scholarship fund – Our scholarship fund allows many pastors, worship leaders, and other clients access to counseling at an affordable rate. We typically scholarship about $10,000 worth of counseling each year. We’d love to have you contribute to making counseling more affordable to those who need it.

We use Give Lively to manage our donations. You can give a one time gift or set up monthly donations.

Our “Special Projects” fund. This is for special projects we take on to provide care. Past projects have included a video course, Marriage on PurposeBEFORE, and Sexualis Veritas. Contact Dr. Sytsma if you would like to schedule a discussion to learn more about the current project.

Frequently Asked Questions about Donating to BIM

Being a good steward of the resources God has entrusted us with means often asking specific questions. We invite you to ask whatever you need to know to feel confident in donating to BIM. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

Are my gifts tax deductible?
Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)3 corporation, meaning the IRS recognizes us as a non-profit charity. We are also registered as a charity in the State of Georgia. This means contributions to Building Intimate Marriages, Inc. counts as a tax deductible donation like giving to any other charity or church. (Please contact your tax advisor for specifics on how this might impact your situation.) If not provided upon receipt, you will receive a letter in January identifying your donations you can use in preparing your taxes.
How do I contribute?

The easiest way is to use the buttons provided on this page. They will take you to our GiveLively account where you can contribute by checking account, debit, or credit card. You can give a one-time donation, or set up a monthly contribution.

If you prefer, you can also mail us a printed check. Please note on the check that it is a donation. Mail your check to our office address.

Do my contributions go to general operating or salaries?

No. Not unless you specifically request this. We offer valuable services and the groups and individuals who access those services pay for them. We use these service fees to pay salaries and the general operating expenses, just like any other successful business would. We believe this is important. Your donations help those who need specific help, or help us fund new services that wouldn’t happen without your support. Let us know if you need additional specifics.

How do you decide who receives scholarship funds?

Clinical staff and our Board of Directors make this decision.

Priority goes to full time ministry leaders (Pastors, Worship Leaders, Missionaries, etc.). The belief is if we can help our leaders, we provide an exponential impact to our communities.

Next, we support those who have been active in pursuing counseling but circumstances changed (i.e., loss of job) and we are unwilling to let counseling stall due to finances.

Third, we will often assist those who are being assisted by others. If a church is underwriting a portion of the counseling, we will often match part of the church’s contribution.

Finally, we assist those for whom we believe the circumstances specifically warrant it. Typically, this is someone whose case requires a level of care they cannot afford and we believe contributing will make a significant difference.

Can we designate a recipient of our gift?

No. Unless stipulated for a project, gifts go to the general scholarship fund and may be used for anyone. If you would like to pay for someone else’s counseling, please contact us about third-party payor guidelines.