When The Life That Changes Is Your Own
For more than 50 years God has worked through Episcopal Charities to transform lives.
People come here from all walks of life to make a difference in the lives of others. Their compassionate, generous acts of service offered through our programs and ministry partners help turn despair to hope for thousands of people living in the shadows of society across the Diocese of Chicago.
As people come to Episcopal Charities in order to serve others, however, many discover meaning and joy when they find their own life transformed in the process.
Are you looking for a life-changing opportunity? If so, you are in the right place.
"If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
-- Isaiah 58:10
My Living Legacy: Episcopal Charities Receives LaVerne Gage Bequest
Before Ms. LaVerne Gate, born and raised on Scott Street in Winnetka, Illinois (a northern suburb), passed away earlier this year, she perpetuated her annual gifts to Episcopal Charities - and more - by including a $400,000 charitable bequest in her will. "Ms. Gage indicated to us many years ago she had included a gift to Episcopal Charities in her estate plans," said Otto Reinisch, ECCs' Director of Organizational Development, "but we had no idea it would turn out to be such a significant contribution."
"It was a privilege for us to stay in touch with Ms. Gage over the years," Mr. Reinsich continued, "after she apprised us of her intentions. While we are humbled by and appreciative of every bequest, we are especially thankful when a donor, like Ms. Gage, gives us the opportunity say thank you during their lifetime."
2013 ECCS Ministry Partner
Grants Increase to $670,000
[Chicago, IL] -- "At at time when the work of our ministry partners is needed by more people than ever in our Diocese," said Jeff Eng (Church of the Atonement, Chicago), Co-Chair of the Evaluation and Allocations Committee, "Episcopal Charities will grant $670,000 to support their life-changing ministries. Apart from a few grants intended to help smaller agencies complete the strategic planning process, these grants are unrestricted, providing the valuable resources each agency needs to ensure excellence in their programming, the resources needed to develop new intiatives, and otherwise to help them where needed most."
"Our own generosity is made possible by the generosity of donors across the Diocese who make their support of Episcopal Charities a priority in their stewardship," says Georgianna Gleason, Executive Director. "Their gifts help make more work possible by our ministry partners while providing the resources Episcopal Charities needs to help them secure a future where they can fully live out their mission."
"One way we can do this," says Otto Reinsich, Director of Organizational Development, "is through our Capacity Building Program, a program designed to complement our grant making by working alongside our ministry partners to provide the resources they need to strengthent their governing boards, increase their fundraising, and better communicate their life-changing work."
Over the past decade Episcopal Charities granted more than $8,000,000 to its ministry partners, one reason it is the premiere resource for public ministry in the Diocese of Chicago.