The Episcopal Church Office of Development works to support church ministries.

Bless Appeal

Your gift to the BLESS Appeal supports Episcopal Church lay and clergy staff who are answering the call to restore all people to unity with God and one another and follow Jesus into loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and the Earth.

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What We Do

Supporting God’s Mission

The Office of Development raises the financial resources to carry out God’s mission through our ministries. We engage with individual Episcopalians, parishes, and dioceses to connect them to work of the larger church, from Episcopal Migration Ministries to the Office of Government Relations.

What is the Absalom Jones Fund?

The Absalom Jones Fund for Episcopal HBCUs supports two institutions affiliated with The Episcopal Church since the 1800s: Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Voorhees University in Denmark, South Carolina.

Episcopal Migration Ministries: Welcoming Refugees

For the first time since World War II, there are more than 89.3 million displaced people worldwide, including more than 27.1 million refugees. From the moment they arrive in their new communities, refugee clients receive care, hospitality, and assistance from professional affiliate staff and from the hundreds of generous church volunteers who welcome our newest neighbors through this ministry each year.

Spiritual Care to Military Personnel, Veterans, and Inmates.

Federal chaplains serve those in the military, Veterans Administration hospitals, and federal prisons, providing spiritual and day-to-day support to servicemen and women overseas and stateside, veterans requiring medical services, and the incarcerated. They bring spiritual healing and comfort to those with no other faith resources. If you are interested in federal military or prison chaplaincy, contact the office of the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries; the Deputy Endorser will explain the programs, the application process, and will stay involved with you each step of the way.

Our Commitment to the Environment.

In Jesus, God so loved the whole world. We follow Jesus, so we love the world God loves. Concerned for the global climate emergency, drawing on diverse approaches for our diverse contexts, we commit to form and restore loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with all of Creation.

Support Our Work

Your contribution is an affirmation in what we, as Episcopalians, believe: God loves you—no exceptions.

Ways to Give


Please make checks payable to The Episcopal Church, indicate the gift designation (e.g. Bless Appeal) in the check memo, and mail to: 

DFMS – Protestant Episcopal Church US 
PO Box 958983
St. Louis, MO 63195-8983 

Gifts of Stock 

By donating appreciated stocks directly to The Episcopal Church, you can avoid the capital gains tax that would be incurred if you sold the securities. You may also take a charitable income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of securities on the day of the gift. 

To make a gift of stock to The Episcopal Church, please fill out this form about the securities you plan to donate.  

If you need any further assistance, email Julia Alling in the Development Office or reach out by phone at (212) 716-6041. 

By Phone 

Call April Frazier (212) 716-6002 and make your gift over the phone. 

Planned Giving

The Episcopal Church partners with The Episcopal Church Foundation to assist Episcopalians meet their personal financial goals while making a difference for our future.

  • Bequests: Leave a legacy through your will or living trust.
  • Retirement Plan Gifts: Donate retirement assets for potential tax benefits.
  • Life Insurance Gifts: Name The Episcopal Church as a policy beneficiary.
  • Donor Advised Funds: Create a Donor Advised Fund with The Episcopal Church Foundation

We partner with Episcopal Church Foundation, who can offer guidance on structuring your gift to benefit both your financial goals and The Episcopal Church, including:

  • Providing sample language for bequests.
  • Calculating tax implications.
  • Offering informational literature.
  • Arranging consultations via phone or in person.

Steps for IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts:

  1. Initiate Transfer: Request a transfer from your IRA to The Episcopal Church through your IRA administrator.
  2. Inform The Episcopal Church: Communicate your gift designation via mail, fax, email, or direct email with your details and instructions.

This approach allows for a meaningful contribution to The Episcopal Church while considering your financial and tax planning needs.

Give a Gift of Gratitude

Make a gift in honor of someone who nurtures your faith life. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or retirement with a gift to The Episcopal Church. Indicate whom you would like to honor when you make your gift. If you provide their address, we will send them a card acknowledging your gift.

Make a gift in memory of someone important to you. You can celebrate and give thanks for someone’s life when you make a gift to The Episcopal Church. Indicate whom you would like to memorialize. If you provide us with a spouse or relative’s address, we will send them a card acknowledging your gift.

Investing with Us

Any Episcopal parish, diocese or other Episcopal-affiliated organization is welcome to place funds in custody in the DFMS Endowment Portfolio.  All funds so invested participate on a pro-rata basis in all returns and share proportionately in the investment management fees and expenses.  There are no additional charges for portfolio administration.  Each new custodial trust fund is created through a resolution of Executive Council.

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