A brief description of volunteer Tony van Straubenzee. "Fresh off the first corporate campaign for FaithWorks for the Diocese of Toronto [he] has been nabbed by Executive Director John Erb to help the Anglican Foundation".
The Anglican Foundation of Canada will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a series of celebrations in Vancouver, B.C. in May 2017. "'I think it's just blossoming', says [Archbishop Fred] Hiltz, who as primate is also chair of the Foundation. 'At this particular moment in its history, it's kind of like a springtime of fresh expression, and bursting with new opportunity and new life' (p. 8)". "One of the most valuable things about the Foundation, Hiltz says, is its broad geographical reach. Board member Fiona Brownlee who is also rural and Indigenous communities liaison for the diocese of Edmonton, agrees" (p. 8). "In the early days, the Foundation was focused on physical infrastructure -- helping churches fund roof repairs, installations of new bathrooms and the like. Board members say this remains an important part of its work. Archdeacon Sarah Usher, of the diocese of the Yukon, says that in the North especially, this work is hardly separable from funding ministry. 'If we don't have buildings, we don't have ministry', she says" (p. 8). "The Foundation is funded entirely by donations -- from individuals, parishes and dioceses. Its challenge, Brownlee says, is to continue to build its donor base. 'We actually enjoy giving away money, but we can't do that unless we're supported', she says" (p. 9) "To this end, [executive director Canon Judy] Rois says, the Foundation is trying to get its message out in a variety of ways, from running stories in diocesan papers, to social media, to giving talks across the country -- a challenge she says she enjoys" (p. 9).
The Anglican Foundation, begun nearly 50 years ago, has "developed into a large financial benefit each year to the Anglican Church of Canada". Unfortunately, requests for grants and loans have increased every year and "there has not been an equal increase in financial support for the general ministry, and that results in more and more needs not being met". In an effort to raise more funds the Anglican Foundation is going to ask bishops to permit a "Foundation Sunday" "to have a special day set aside in the church year to let us tell our story to parishioners and to provide envelopes and materials to reveal and uplift our good works". The Foundation will also "bring in an executive vice-president to administer fundraising. This will be a volunteer position and support the work of the executive director so that we can open new fields beyond buildings that will allow us to help create national support and training programs".
"1. Of approximately 1,650 parishes in Canada, how many parishes give and annual donation to AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada] ? a) 1,650 b) 670 c) 230. Answer: 670. 2. How much money does the Anglican Foundation receive each year from parishes, dioceses, and individual donors ? a) $100,000 b) $50,000 c) $10,000. Answer: $100,000. 3. How much money is available every year from legacy donations and investment money ? a) $60,000 b) $100,000 c) $600,000. Answer: $600,000. Now you have to do some math $100,000 + $600,000 = $ (Amount AFC disburses in Canada every year !) But did you know ? AFC receives REQUESTS for funding that are DOUBLE its capacity ! There's a solution go to www.anglicanfoundation.org to make a donation. NEW ! We are saving on paper and postage. You will no longer receive a membership 'renewal' letter. Every October at Thanksgiving, send in your annual AFC donation". [Text of entire article.]
"A Will provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge to God that all we have is a result of his love. It is the last opportunity we have to express our love for persons and causes we care about. It is not that God needs any financial help, but his works in the world do." "Most of the funds distributed by The Foundation are received from the bequests of those who realize that the ongoing work is a living and vital reality of God's love in the world. It is their way of saying 'I am a part of it'. "
"In 2017, AFC [Anglican Foundation of Canada] is celebrating 60 years of funding initiatives that have had a tangible impact on thousands of individuals across our country. This was possible because of the donations made by Canadian Anglicans who have been inspired to support people, ideas, and innovations that change lives and build up faith communities in Canada. New Donor Categories: $5,000 + Primate's Circle. $1000 - 4,999 Director's Circle. $500 - 999 Benefactor. $100 - 499 Companion. $50 - 99 Friend. Special recognition goes to the dioceses that ensure all parishes are current donors: Arctic, Edmonton, Easter NL and Labrador, Central NL, Western NL, New Westminster [and] Yukon". [Text of entire article.]
"The challenge that lies before us is one which we brought on ourselves and we would not have done it otherwise. The Anglican Foundation of Canada is just too popular. We have over the years excited many churches throughout the country to find their hope and future in the good work of the Foundation. We have responded over the years to the tune of about $20M [twenty million], to bring peace of mind and strengthen the vision of many churches". "Our challenge is that the AF is in need itself of undesignated bequests that will help us to respond to the ongoing needs of the Anglican Church. It is therefore this new challenge that we face, and one that will have to be responded to in the coming months. The bishops of each diocese have been asked to give permission to encourage support for the Anglican Foundation through benefices, annuities and wills, as well as a major membership drive."
Fundraising expert Lorna Somers has recommended siginificant changes to the way the Anglican Church of Canada seeks donations. She has produced a 73-page comprehensive audit of the various fundraising arms of the church.
There are currently 484 individual members of the Anglican Foundation and 474 parishes who contribute. In 2003 the Foundation gave out $186,205 in grants and $727,500 in loans for a total of $913,795, almost a million dollars. In addition the Foundation administers a number of trust who also made a large number of grants. The Fulford Trust made grants of $13,800 toward music and choir work throughout the church. The Catholic Apostolic Church Fund gave $11,300 in theological bursaries and $30,000 for indigenous work. The Anglican Graduate Award disbursed $2,300 in bursaries and the Esther Snell Fund have $10,900 in bursaries for indigenous people studying for a theological degree. The Anglican General Bursary Fund helped theological students with bursaries in the amount of $9,000. The Jean Grant Foundation disbursed $33,000 for bursaries and the Oonah Bishop Fund made $7,500 available for bursaries. The George and Esther Snell Trust made grants of $24,966 to Toronto parishes for special work. The McGuire Trust gave $78,669.66 to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), LOFT (Anglican Houses) and retired clergy of the diocese of Montreal. The Lewis Garnsworthy Trust for training in preaching distributed $8,450. The Sacred Arts Trust gave out $5,550 toward liturgical celebrations and the St. Basil the Great Scholarship for ecumenical relationships with the Eastern Orthodox churches gave our $8,450.
A listing of "New members" since 1 November 2003 and deceased members can be found on page 6.
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