Our Core Purpose

Episcopal Charities and Community Services brings to a broken world the hope for lasting change, rooted in Episcopal vision, faith, and experience, and expressed through collective community efforts.

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Hope for a Broken World

When you support ECCS you help bring a message of hope to people from all walks of life in the Diocese of Chicago who thought abundant life was not meant for them.

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Plan now to be part of the fun on November 9th as hundreds of like-minded friends join together on one special night to raise critical support for the life-changing work of Episcopal Charities.

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When You Care Enough to Help

When you come to Episcopal Charities to make a difference in someone’s life, the life that changes may be your own.

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Episcopal Charities Invests in Ministry Partners

Building on a rich tradition of meeting the needs of our communities, today Episcopal Charities and Community Services commits its best resources to community-based leaders and initiatives that are creating lasting change by transforming despair to hope in, by, and through those same communities.

Learn more about our work of investing in ministry partners is making a differencehow we are working to create lasting change here.

Episcopal Charities Continues National Search for Executive Director

Following the retirement of Episcopal Charities' [ECCS] executive director following a distinguished career that spanned 21 years, ECCS is nearing completion of a nationwide search for the next seasoned executive who will help lead the organization into a new, exciting future directed by a bold strategic plan.

New applications no longer are being accepted. Please, no phone calls or email queries.

Author/CEO, Harry Kraemer, Addresses Annual Conference

On Monday, April 23rd, Episcopal Charities and Community Services welcomed former CEO of Baxter and popular Kellogg School of Management professor, Harry Kraemer, as the speaker for its 14th Annual Conference.

Mr. Kraemer spoke on the powerful role values have in guiding nonprofit organizations toward excellence as they fulfill their mission in a rapidly changing world.

"Guided by self-reflection, informed by a balance of perspectives, and defined by both true self-confidence and genuine humility," Mr. Kraemer said to the full room, "values-based leaders at every level make a difference in their organizations. Their values become the basis of their actions an interactions, as they become their best selves. This starts movement forward in a deliberate process, from best self to best team, best partner...best citizen. It is both revolutionary and evolutionary - and it starts with anyone who desires to become a values-based leader."

"We weren't surprised to have our largest attendance ever," says Otto Reinisch, Episcopal Charities interim executive director, "not only because of our acclaimed speaker but because values, more than ever, are becoming the defining characteristic between organizations that claim excellence and those that truly are."

The Annual Conference is only one offering made available by Episcopal Charities to its grantees and other ministry partners through its Capacity Building Program. For more information about how Episcopal Charities works to strengthen governing boards and increase fundraising capacity for nonprofit organizations, contact info@eccsonline.net