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.

Participants in the current Roundtable series [above] - Nurturuing Your High-Functioning Nonprofit Board - gain new perspectives on preparing their board to meet the challenges and opportunities facing their organization in the rapidly changing environment in which they serve. Since 2005, more than 250 leaders from 40+ nonprofit organizations have participated in an ECCS Governance Roundtable, the most intensive program offered through ECCS' acclaimed Capacity Buildling Program.

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

Episcopal Charities Welcomes Matthew Berryman, New Executive Director

Following an extensive six-month national search, effective July 1st Episcopal Charities and Community Services [ECCS] is pleased to welcome Matthew Berryman as its next executive director. "Matt brings to this role the skills, perspectives, and experience needed to guide ECCS into an exciting future of new opportunities. We look forward to working with him as, together, we continue to put into motion a strategic plan that calls for us to support innovative initiatives formed in, with, and through communities that seek to effect long-term systemic change." - Dick Anstee, Chair, ECCS Board of Trustees

A general announcement of Matt Berryman's role at Episcopal Charities, including updates regardubg progress in fulfilling the strategic plan, will be mailed to all ECCS constituents in the coming days.

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

Did You Know...?

 Ravenswood Community Services announces its new Kitchen Registry. Donations made via the registry will help provide supplies and equipment for use in their community kitchen. If you have an upcoming birthday or anniversary and want to encourage your friends and family to make a donation in lieu of gifts, this is a great way to support RCS while making a diffrerence in many lives.

Do you have an aging parent or know of an elderly neighbor in Lake County (IL) needing companion/wellness visits, transportation for grocery shopping, or help getting to medical appointments? ElderCARE's mission is to help adults age 65+ remain as healthy and independent as possible.

Bishop Anderson House recently announced its Fall Spiritual Care Visitor Training.The course will be held consecutive Saturday mornings, 9:30 am - 12 noon. Sessions will take place at St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Glen Ellyn). This unique learning opportunity is open to all who wish to enhance and sharpen their pastoral skills. Participants will learn and practice the Active Listening technique that will change how they communicate with others forever. Fee required.

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A new round of fun begins this year at the 59th Annual Bishop's Ball when Episcopal Charties hosts its first-ever After Party. The special festivities start at 9:00 pm with dancing, sweet tables, complimentary beer & wine, and many special surprises. A reduced-price ticket ($75) makes ECCS' premier fundraising event accessbile to everyone who loves a good time while raising the funds that make this life-changing work possible across our diocese. Click here for more information.