About Us

Our Mission

To transform lives, Episcopal Charities and Community Services supports and strengthens its ministry partners, congregational outreach programs, and other faith-based ministries of Christian service that offer hope to all people in the Diocese of Chicago.

Our Ministries

Since Episcopal Charities and Community Services [ECCS] was founded in 1960, God has used this ministry to transform thousands of lives in the Diocese of Chicago.  Today, this life-changing social outreach is accomplished through ECCS’ support of its ministry partners and, increasingly, through its New Ventures and Capacity Building initiatives.

This year, Episcopal Charities will:

  • Grant nearly $650,000 to support the work of its ministry partners, representing the largest single source of unrestricted grants for each agency.
  • Further support and strengthen its partners through the Capacity Building program by helping them manage effective governing boards, increase their fundraising, and better communicate their ministries.
  • Explore innovative, community-based partnerships to respond to some of today‘s most important, unmet social problems through the New Ventures initiative that already include Ezra Community Homes and Waukegan to College.

Episcopal Charities and Community Services is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered in Illinois and governed by an independent board of trustees.  Its ministry is entirely funded by charitable donations received from individuals, congregations, businesses, and foundations.  Because income from invested funds is used to pay for modest administrative costs, 100% of every dollar contributed to ECCS is applied directly to its ministries; administrative and fundraising costs are paid for from investment income.

Our History

1957 - The first “United Episcopal Charities Appeal” raises $37,000 as a result of a consolidated appeal for funding to support the work of eight partner agencies.
1960 - Episcopal Charities and Community Services is chartered in the State of Illinois as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
2000 - New Initiatives in Ministry grants help local congregations develop responses that meet their community’s unique needs.
2003 - Grants from The Chicago Community Trust and the Polk Bros. Foundation help launch the Capacity Building Program that helps partner agencies develop stronger governing boards, increase their fundraising, and raise visibility for their work in the Diocese.
2005 - Ravenswood Community Services is approved at convention as ECCS’ newest ministry partner.
2006 - ECCS’ board of trustees authorize additional funding to explore new ministry partnerships as New Ventures.
2011 - Episcopal Charities’ annual unrestricted grants and other funding to ministry partners over the past decade surpasses $11 million.