FAQ

What does Episcopal Charities and Community Services do?

Episcopal Charities and Community Services’ ministries help people in the Diocese of Chicago experience God’s transforming grace. We provide support to congregations, our ministry partners, and other community organizations with both unrestricted grants and intellectual capital to enable a wide range of social service initiatives which serve more than 60,000 men, women, children, and families across the Diocese each year.

What is your track record?

In the last 10 years alone, Episcopal Charities and Community Services has distributed nearly $7 million in grants to support the life-changing work of its diverse partner agencies. Partners and peers respect Episcopal Charities and Community Services for good governance and responsible stewardship of resources. In addition, our partners regularly draw upon our pool of experts in business, education, philanthropy, and theology to address solutions “for communities, by communities.”

How is Episcopal Charities and Community Services funded?

Known for good governance and responsible stewardship of resources, Episcopal Charities and Community Services is an independent 501(c)3, with a separate board of trustees. We are funded by voluntary charitable gifts from individuals, congregations, businesses, foundations, and others. 100% of donations to Episcopal Charities and Community Services go directly toward making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in northern Illinois.

How much of my congregation’s pledge to the Diocese goes to support Episcopal Charities and Community Services?

Episcopal Charities’ ministry is entirely funded by voluntary 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 programs and agency support.

Why should I support Episcopal Charities and Community Services?

Episcopal Charities and Community Services is the premier resource for public ministry in the Diocese of Chicago and the most comprehensive Episcopalian social service network in the region. Whether offering your financial resources or your time, the Episcopal Charities and Community Services ministry is a meaningful way for all of those who want to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly” to live with your God.

How can I get involved?

A wide range of opportunities exist for those who are seeking a way to live out their Christian values by serving others. For instance, you can:

  1. Serve as a board member of ECCS or a partner agency.
  2. Volunteer to mentor a child, train to be a lay volunteer chaplain, work at a thrift store, sponsor a food drive, help out in the office, clean up the yard, serve a meal, or stock a food pantry.
  3. Be an ambassador. Help inform your congregation about ECCS’ ministries. We’ll come to your church to lead adult education, preach, and lead retreats.
  4. Donate. You can make a difference today by making your next gift online today.