What is Episcopal Relief & Development?
Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of The Episcopal Church, and a separate 501(c)(3). For more information about our organization, or to read our history, please see Who We Are.
What is our program approach?
Our program approach is based on an integrated model that addresses poverty, hunger, disaster and disease. For more details, please visit What We Do.
What are our program areas?
We work in the following program areas:
To learn more about the specific ways in which we address these areas, please visit our Featured Programs page or individual country pages via Where We Work.
What is our connection to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, build on the work of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Established by the international community in 2000, the MDGs were eight goals focused on reducing the number of people who live in extreme poverty by the end of 2015. The MDGs targeted a range of development issues such as poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to clean water and sanitation.
Inspired by these global goals, all of Episcopal Relief & Development’s international development programs seek to mobilize local resources and expertise toward sustainable, community-led programs that address poverty, hunger and disease. Please click here to learn more about the SDGs and MDGs and how they relate to our work.
Where do we work?
We work in approximately 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Please visit Where We Work for more information.
How do we choose where to work?
Episcopal Relief & Development builds partnerships with local Episcopal and Anglican dioceses and related organizations based on need, capacity and available resources. In order to maximize the impact of our resources, we tend to focus on countries where there is a strong Church presence and where our support and expertise would add significant value. Please visit Where We Work for more information.
Why don’t we work in X country? Why aren’t we responding to Y disaster?
Episcopal Relief & Development works in places where there is a strong Anglican Communion presence and where we present a significant value-add to the work of our local partner, helping them leverage local resources and expertise to create thriving communities.
We are part of the Anglican Alliance and ecumenical groups such as ACT Alliance, which allow us to respond to major crises in areas where we do not have an active partnership.
How do we monitor and evaluate our programs?
With local partners, the staff of Episcopal Relief & Development monitor and assess the effectiveness of the organization’s work by establishing baseline indicators to evaluate the success of each program. These results are a critical component of the program evaluation process. They help us to determine if a program is achieving its objectives and, if not, the kind of technical assistance that can be provided in order to reach them. Our staff conduct regular monitoring visits to all program sites.
How can I support Episcopal Relief & Development?
Our work would not be possible without your ongoing commitment and support. Please click here to learn about the many ways to donate to Episcopal Relief & Development.
What are my giving opportunities?
You can make a general donation to the fund of your choice. Click here to DONATE NOW, or explore other giving opportunities.
Gifts for Life is an alternative gift catalog that allows donors to give a gift with lasting impact. Gifts may be made in honor of a friend or loved one and are disbursed to the programs that they correspond to, wherever the need is greatest. Learn more.
Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, celebrated annually on the first Sunday in Lent, has been endorsed by the Presiding Bishop and General Convention as a dedicated time to reflect on and respond to the needs of our global neighbors. Learn how to participate any time of year.
Participate in Special Church Campaigns such as Lent or Advent. Learn more.
Does Episcopal Relief & Development accept in-kind donations?
Episcopal Relief & Development does not accept in-kind donations, such as food and clothes, since it involves receiving and storing the goods in the US and spending money to transport them. We do not see it as an effective use of our resources. Our organization emphasizes identifying and utilizing a community’s assets in order to stimulate their local economy. Thus we will often work with our partners to purchase goods in country or regionally.
What about donating after a disaster?
Although we appreciate the generosity, we do not encourage unsolicited in-kind donations to churches or organizations in communities recently impacted by disaster for several reasons. These areas may have other priorities, such as searching for or rescuing victims of the disaster. They may also have a limited capacity to receive, store and distribute donated goods. Additionally, the items they receive may not be what they particularly need at the moment. The most beneficial ways to assist our brothers and sisters is through prayer and by making a contribution, which will help us equip local responders to get what they need, at the right time.
Is there a program where I could sponsor an individual, family or church in need?
Episcopal Relief & Development’s asset-based approach is rooted in working with communities over time to leverage their own resources and expertise for sustainable growth. Our donors understand that their contributions are most powerful when combined with the contributions of many other caring people to make a long-term investment toward the success of community-based organizations.
How can I volunteer?
Episcopal Relief & Development currently has the following volunteer opportunities:
- The Network is a group of over 3,000 Episcopal Relief & Development volunteers throughout the United States who actively advocate for, support and promote our ministry in Episcopal parishes, dioceses and seminaries. Learn more about how you can participate in the Our Network section.
- The US Disaster Program maintains a domestic disaster response volunteer database called Ready to Serve. Click here to sign up, or visit our Volunteer page to learn more. This page also lists opportunities with our US Disaster Response partners.
There are numerous other ways to get involved. To learn more, visit our Act section and select your area of interest.
What about volunteering after international disasters?
Following a disaster, we are frequently asked if we need assistance at the disaster site. While we appreciate the genuine concern and compassion of our supporters, we do not provide opportunities for volunteers to become involved in the initial stages of disaster relief. It takes a range of logistical support, leadership, experience and disaster training to lead a volunteer group, and sending volunteers into the impacted area can put additional pressure on already-strained resources.
If you are an experienced disaster responder you may be able to find overseas volunteering opportunities through the Disaster News Network, InterAction and the Center for International Disaster Information.
Can I get Episcopal Relief & Development support for a project I care about?
Unfortunately, Episcopal Relief & Development does not accept unsolicited proposals. We primarily support Anglican and Episcopal Church agencies in their global and local humanitarian activities. We aim to strengthen the Church's position as an agent of development by providing funds, training and technical assistance to support programs that achieve strategic goals. For more information on how we work, please visit What We Do.
How much does Episcopal Relief & Development spend on overhead?
In 2012, Episcopal Relief & Development funds were expended as follows: 85% on program implementation, 6% on administration and 9% on fundraising. Because we receive income from investments and contributed services from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to offset administrative expenses, over 90% of your donor dollar goes directly to programs in the field. For more information, please visit our Financials page and download our current Annual Summary.
What kind of financial transparency does Episcopal Relief & Development practice?
We maintain the highest standards of accountability and are committed to using all donations appropriately and effectively to support programs that have a demonstrated impact on poverty, hunger and disease. Visit the Financials page to learn more.
Does Episcopal Relief & Development give grants to other non-profits?
Although Episcopal Relief & Development has a history as a granting agency, our current approach is based on supporting long-term development projects through Episcopal and Anglican Church bodies and affiliated agencies. We do not accept unsolicited proposals. In emergency relief situations, we may grant funds to Church-related organizations through or in coordination with the local diocese.
What other Episcopal institutions is the organization affiliated with?
Episcopal Relief & Development is connected with a number of Episcopal institutions and organizations. Please click on the links below to learn more.
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Digital Network/Episcopal News Service
The Living Church
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
How can I join your mailing or email lists?
To join our mailing list or sign up to receive updates and newsletters by email, please visit our Sign Up page.
How can I contact Episcopal Relief & Development?
To contact our staff by mail, phone or fax about a donation or other question:
Episcopal Relief & Development (Headquarters)
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
To send a contribution by mail:
Episcopal Relief & Development
P.O. Box 7058
Merrifield, VA 22116-7058
To email our staff, please use the Contact Us form or one of the following addresses:
Episcopal Relief & Development’s President
International and domestic programs
Communications, website and social media