What We Do
The Development Office of The Episcopal Church is a ministry to Episcopalians, helping to educate them about the connection of their personal values with the Church’s mission and needs, and then cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding them.
Jesus talks about money more than any other subject; and we believe that it is important for us to talk about it, too – openly, candidly and without embarrassment. How we use our money is a direct reflection of our values. It impacts our spiritual lives and the lives of those around us, near and far. Thoughtful, prayerful usage can deepen our faith and bring unfathomable joy.
As a new entity, authorized by the 77th General Convention and funded as of January 1, 2013, we pursue our work in a variety ways.
Our areas of focus
Our work is primarily focused now on funding the diocesan infrastructure destroyed in Haiti in the January, 2010 earthquake. Haiti: More Than a Cathedral, Episcopal Haiti Database and Building Haiti - One Block at a Time.
And on the ministry of Navajoland Area Mission, located across some 26,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/navajoland-our-american-heritage.
Our Journey into the Heart of Mission pilgrimages help to connect hearts and minds with the Church’s work in these places. http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/reflection-pilgrimage.
All of these entities are involved in exciting ministries, and raising up young and dynamic leadership, but they lack the resources – both financial and personnel - to meet their needs. And these needs exceed the capacity of any one Episcopal entity to meet. Hence, a churchwide Development Office, which can reach out to the wider Church to help and heal and work together for the good of all.
How Can We Help You?
We host an annual fall Symposium on philanthropy – in its many aspects. And we are straightforward in our discussion about the spiritual implications of giving and the practical aspects of fundraising.
We are already working with The National Episcopal Network on Stewardship (TENS), The Episcopal Church Foundation, respected key leadership at large, generous parishes, and others to help describe a philanthropy curriculum suitable for seminarians , so that future generations of clergy will have both the theological and hands-on tools to address these critical issues when they need them.
We are working with the College for Bishops to help train these leaders with the fundraising role many expect of them. Research shows that only 30% of a priest‘s skill sets are directly applicable to his/her new episcopal role. That’s a steep 70% learning curve, with all instruction occurring only after Ordination. Over a three-year period, The College educates and mentors new bishops to their position of leadership; the Development Office will partner with the College in education around responsible fundraising.
Episcopal entities seeking reliable information about potential prospects for capital campaigns can tap into our Research Analysis service. As part of our outreach, we also offer research training, as well as assistance in designing cultivation and solicitation strategy. Despite our recent arrival on the scene, several dioceses have already availed themselves of this free service.
Because thorough preparation is the key to successful fundraising, it is important to know your ability to create, implement, and follow-up all fundraising efforts in an appropriate and timely fashion. By interviewing staff, reviewing current and past materials, processes and procedures, job descriptions, database systems and office operations, we can assess your fundraising readiness and recommend the best options for moving forward.
By its very nature, giving is transformative. James Russell Lowell once astutely and gracefully observed: “Not what we give, but what we share. For the gift without the giver is bare.” Thus, as we present the inspiring stories of Haiti and Navajoland in print, in pictures, and in person, we do so in the belief that as the Holy Spirit touches our hearts and minds and finances, our lives are transformed by joy.