Matching Gift Challenge Doubles Impact of All Donations Until November 30

October 24, 2011

From October 20 through November 30, donors have the opportunity to make their dollars go even further toward healing a hurting world. During the Matching Gift Challenge, any donation made to Episcopal Relief & Development will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. This means a total of up to $1 million to support programs that alleviate hunger, promote health, create economic opportunities and overcome disaster.

Any size gift to any of Episcopal Relief & Development’s funds – online, by mail or by phone – will be matched in full until November 30, or as long as matching funds are available. The matched gift amount will be donated to the Global Needs fund, which supports the organization’s work worldwide.

Judy Sawler, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Manager for Direct Response Marketing, explains the impact this doubling can have: “A gift of $50 provides not one, but two infants with critical immunizations, vitamins, medicines and other life-saving essentials. And $100 becomes $200, which can help someone set up a small business by providing a micro-loan and the necessary tools and training.”

Last year’s Matching Gift Challenge, also with a $500,000 match, was an unprecedented success. In just six weeks, it raised a total of $1.8 million for Episcopal Relief & Development’s core programs.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of all our donors, and especially those who have provided these matching funds,” said Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development. “It is a wonderful blessing to be able to continue and expand our work, despite global economic uncertainty and disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes that compound existing challenges. The faithfulness of our supporters, both to our work and to the promises of the Baptismal Covenant, is truly inspiring.”

To have your gift matched, simply make a donation between now and November 30. Making a gift to the Global Needs fund will ensure that your contribution will be used in the area of greatest need, though donations to any fund – including through the Gifts for Life catalog – will be matched. Click here to donate today!

To support Episcopal Relief & Development’s work, please visit or call 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.