That the chartered accounting firm of Ernst & Young be appointed as the Auditors for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund and the Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation, for the fiscal year of 2009. CARRIED #07-05-09
Ms. Michèle George presented the audited 2008 Consolidated Statements as of December 31, 2008 and the report of the Audit Committee. She acknowledged the work of Interim Treasurer Michael Herrera in improving the presentation of the statements to make them more transparent and to bring them into alignment with compliance requirements and the budget.
Ms. George reviewed the financial statements illustrating the changes that had been made. She reported that General Synod was in a healthier financial position than in 2007.
That the Financial Statements of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund and the Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation for the fiscal year ended as at December 31, 2008, be approved, as amended by the Audit Committee. CARRIED #06-05-09
That the Council of General Synod authorize the allocation of $350,000 to internally restricted funds from unrestricted funds in 2010 to invest in the Gift Catalogue, a Bequest Identification Process, and the 2010 Nationwide Feasibility / Planning Study for a nationwide fundraising initiative.
That the Council of General Synod authorize the officers of General Synod to make a decision on whether or not a nationwide fundraising initiative goes forward should the Feasibility/Planning Study so recommend.
The mover and seconder accepted a friendly amendment from Canon Robert Falby to delete the words "authorize the Officers of General Synod" and add the words "after consultation with the House of Bishops".
The resolution now reads:
That the Council of General Synod make a decision on whether or not a nationwide fundraising initiative goes forward should the Feasibility/Planning Study so recommend, after consultation with the House of Bishops. The amended motion was put and was CARRIED #05-11-09
That the Council of General Synod authorize a nationwide Feasibility/Planning Study to be undertaken in summer/fall 2010 in order to assess the readiness for a major fundraising initiative led by the Department of Philanthropy and encompassing Parishes, Dioceses, Provinces and General Synod and its related Partners. The study will establish the feasibility for such an initiative as well as recommend its possible goal and timeframe. CARRIED #04-11-09
a) That this Council of General Synod adopts the following points in carrying forward the work of the Department of Philanthropy in regard to a national fundraising effort and the department’s collaboration with diocesan fundraising efforts.
- 1. That the Department of Philanthropy develop a case for national support
- 2. That we encourage diocesan campaigns that include support for the national church case
-3. That the Department of Philanthropy will support dioceses doing feasibility studies that include components of the national church’s ministry in their cases for support.
- 4. That feasibility studies will come to the Council of General Synod, not for approval, but to assess the capacity of the national Church to support the diocesan campaigns.
b) And that the previous motion dealing with this matter is rescinded. The wording of the previous motion was:
That the Council of General Synod ask the Philanthropy Committee to draft a recommendation to the Council of General Synod on the issue of how and when recommendations based on feasibility studies might be considered and bring their recommendations to the November 2010 meeting of Council.
ADOPTED BY CONSESUS #27-03-10
Note: The Philanthropy Committee and the Department of Philanthropy will bring to the November 2010 Council of General Synod meeting a comprehensive plan for the nation-wide fundraising initiative that will include:
- 1. A national case for support,
- 2. A progress report, including volunteer development and the work of the M & M International (and its cost) in the feasibility study,
- 3. Which dioceses are currently committed and are considering collaborating with the national initiative,
- 4. An update on the pilot campaign in Ottawa,
- 5. And whether there is adequate capacity to do this work at the national Church level.