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Winter News From Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York

A Record-Breaking Tribute Dinner!

On December 2, nearly 700 guests gathered in the magnificent Cathedral of St. John the Divine for our annual Tribute Dinner, which this year honored Jeffrey M. Peek and Anthony J. Walton. The event has raised more than $1.2 Million, breaking all previous revenue records. All proceeds will be distributed to programs transforming the lives of those in need.  Read more here. Thank you to all who attended and supported this spectacular event! 

 New Grants for 2016
In 2016 Episcopal Charities will offer two new grant opportunities: Program Investment Grants  to fund capacity-building projects and new ministries, and grants for Professional Development  for program staff and volunteers. The purpose of both initiatives is to strengthen and assist parishes in their efforts to serve those in need.   Learn more  about how to apply. 
Youth Opportunity and Basic Human Needs Grant Programs
Youth Opportunity Grant Cycle Begins

T he deadline to apply for Episcopal Charities' Youth Opportunity Grants for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year is Friday, February 5. These grants are awarded to outreach programs addressing the academic , artistic , and summer recreational needs of children and youth throughout the Diocese of New York. We also support skills building and health and wellness programs for youth. Click  here  to learn more and to download the application form. All applicants are asked to fill out a brief Intent to Apply form by Friday, January 15. First-time grant seekers are required to attend an orientation session. Register for orientation   here .
More than 900,000 Served

Applications for 2016 Basic Human Needs grants were received in September, and announcements of grants will be made in January. Nearly 70% of returning grantees reported increasing need. With Episcopal Charities' help they are meeting the challenge, not only by serving more people, but also by increasing quality. For instance, many food pantries and community kitchens are serving healthier food and incorporating fresh produce from local growers. A few parishes are even experimenting with gardens! Our programs will reach more than 900,000 people in 2015, an increase of 4% over 2014. 
Sustainability Institute Workshops Online

Training materials from our fall Sustainability Workshops can now be seen online. Learn more about Leadership Development and Succession Planning and From Potluck to Posh: Raising Money through Events and gain valuable tools to improve your program's success. Dates for 2016 Sustainability Workshops will be posted in January.
Looking Ahead

Volunteer Initiative Explored

Episcopal Charities connects people in need with the power of philanthropic gifts AND the energy of dedicated volunteers. This fall in partnership with NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, we are exploring the possibility of establishing a volunteer coordination program in order to connect interested volunteers with programs seeking their skills and talents.  A team of graduate students has been studying the feasibility of the project. Stay tuned for more information on the study results and recommendations.
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