The Report of the Program Committee was presented by Archdeacon Clarke with the assistance of Miss Betty Graham, Canon Brown, Archbishop Jackson and Clarke Raymond.
There was further discussion concerning the reduction of Executive staff in the Program Division of Church House and a Motion that was passed at the Program Committee meeting was brought to the attention of the Council:
'That, recognizing the difficulties of reducing programs in order to live within the fiscal restraints placed upon us, the Program Committee regretfully accept the reductions in the 1974 budget developed for us by the staff and with National Executive Council to be informed about our distress at these reductions, and ask that the National Executive Council convey the implications of these reductions to the dioceses'.
That this National Executive Council approve the action of the Program Committee regarding 1974 budget and the implications of the reductions in program be conveyed to the dioceses. CARRIED
The Program Committee expressed their concern over the budget limits for 1975 and at the continuing decrease, and recommends that the National Executive Council make allowance for the increase in the inflationary index in its requests to the dioceses.
That the recommendation of the Program Committee concerning the making of allowances for the increase in the inflationary index in its requests to the dioceses be sent to the Task Force on Funding National Goals for their reflection and that it be requested to submit an interim report at the May, 1974 meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED
The Council received the following recommendation from the Administration and Finance Committee:
That the National Executive Council be advised that the Administration and Finance Committee shares the Program Committee's concern; points out that 1975 Suggested Diocesan Apportionment Quotas are $185,000 above 1974 Acceptance (8%) which provides for at least a large proportion of inflationary pressures; and because of a change in timetable for the development of the 1975 Program Budget (about a year later than usual) which reduces the need for a large unallocated provision, and because of the development of Spending Guidelines for budget/expenditure review, recommends:
That this National Executive Council approve the recommendation of the Administration and Finance Committee that the proportion of the 1975 Spending Estimates unallocated as to program be reduced from $140,000 to $40,000. CARRIED
In November the Program Committee was directed to cut 1974 Apportionment Spending Estimates by 2 1/2%. In the course of a review of the 1974 Spending Estimates, it was considered desirable to transfer three items in the Sundry General Synod section to the Assessment Budget and one from that section (the Library) to the Program, Planning and Personnel section. The first three are Archives, Committee on Ministry (A.C.P.O. conference costs, secretarial honoraria, etc.) and Newfoundland Pension Premiums.
1. That this National Executive Council give approval to the transfer of the Spending Estimates for Archives, the Committee on Ministry (A.C.P.O.) and Newfoundland Pension Premiums from the Apportionment Budget to the Assessment Budget.
2. That the revised Spending Estimates of the 1974 Apportionment Budget, totalling $2,714,225 be approved. CARRIED
A record $254,632 was contributed to the Primate's World Relief Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada during Centennial Year. Through the fund Canadians help to alleviate starvation and distress caused by disasters, assist refugees and homeless people, and give support to a variety of relief projects abroad.
Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, the Primate, expressed gratification at the achievement, at the same time announcing that the 1968 target had been set at $400,000. Last year's total compares with the previous high mark of $235,412, reached in 1960, the year the fund was established, and exceeded the 1966 figure by $53,908. The eight-year aggregate amounts to $1,676,988.
"Canada is one of the few countries that today are increasing their aid to under-developed countries," Archbishop Clark said. "But still it is not doing enough. And the Primate's World Relief Fund is not doing enough."
Speaking particularly of the need for food in India and other countries, he said: "The world is facing a crisis. So far, it is losing the battle with hunger. We are still producing too many people and not enough food."
Grants made by the fund last year amounted to more than $235,000. They included $33,500 for a variety of needs in Africa; $20,000 to drought-parched areas in India for projects designed to promote irrigation and better farming; $25,000 for Middle East refugees without distinction of nationality, religion or politics and $10,000 for the East Asian Christian Council's teams working among civilian war victims in Vietnam.
Most of the grants, made up of voluntary donations given over and above the regular church budget, go to relief projects sponsored by the Division of Inter-Church Aid of the Refugee and World Service of the World Council of Churches. Administrative costs average just over five percent annually.
The sum of $101,063, earmarked to aid victims of the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, figures largely in a record total of $415,871 contributed in 1968 to the Primate's World Relief Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada. The fund is a continuing facility through which Anglicans assist in the alleviation of global suffering.
The total exceeds the objective of $400,000 set by Most Rev. Howard H. Clark, the Anglican primate, who in his annual appeal emphasized the need of immediate aid for Nigeria and Biafra. It topped the 1967 total by $161,239.
Since the Primate's World Relief Fund was established in 1960 to aid suffering occasioned by disasters and famine, the rehabilitation of refugees and a variety of relief projects overseas, contributions have amounted to $2,092,850, a yearly average of $232,539.
Refugees in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana, lepers in Ethiopia, youngsters in an inter-racial school in Mbabane, Swaziland, in addition to the starving people of Nigeria and Biafra, were included among those assisted through grants totalling $221,063 designated for Africa and the Middle East. The sum of $42,000 went to India, Pakistan and Ceylon, most of it for famine sufferers on the sub-continent. Civilian war victims in Vietnam will benefit from a grant of $20,000 to be disbursed by the East Asian Christian Conference, while $10,000 was set aside for rehabilitation of earthquake victims in Iran.
Most of the grants, made up of voluntary donations, apart from regular church budgets, go to relief projects sponsored by the Division of Inter-Church Aid, Refugee and World Service of the World Council of Churches.
The Anglican Fund is supervised by a committee of the church's General Synod and administrative costs last year amounted to less than four percent.
That National Executive Council adopt the 1995 Apportionment Budget as presented.
The mover and seconder agreed to include the amount within the motion and the amended motion now reads:
That National Executive Council adopt the 1995 Apportionment Budget as presented, totalling $8,193,040. CARRIED #18-11-94
A Note on the 1995 Apportionment Spending Ceiling
NEC has now approved the 1995 Apportionment Spending Ceiling of $8,193,040 as noted on document #007-20-94-11. Some might be puzzled by the fact that this figure does not correspond with the figure shown on the Administration and Finance Committee report (#006-06-94-11). That report shows total Apportionment spending at $8,664,710; or $471,670 greater. It is possible to reconcile these two figures. The Apportionment spending estimates proposed by Program Committee include the Apportionment grant to the Anglican Journal, but not the Journal's total spending. The Administration and Finance Committee document properly includes all General Synod revenue and expenditure, including the total revenue and expenditure of the Journal.
Specifically, the Program Committee document (#007) includes the 1995 grant to the Journal of $462,430. The Administration and Finance Committee document (#006) includes the Journal's total budgeted spending of $934,100. The difference, again, is $471,670.