A Year of Service through Giving
Friend Steve Lyrene is following a leading to offer a year of service through giving to FGC. His call is to postpone his retirement for a year beyond originally planned and to give a portion of his earnings during this extra year to Friends General Conference. Read his article about the leading located at the bottom of this page.
A Foundation with a Vision to Transform the Religious Society of Friends
The Thomas H. & Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund names “the renewal and strengthening of the Religious Society of Friends” as its main strategic goal. This is so similar to FGC’s central purpose that we have sought and been awarded several substantial grants for projects geared toward Quaker renewal.
The Shoemaker Fund led the way in helping FGC to launch and sustain Quaker Quest in the U.S. and Canada. Now, the Shoemaker Trustees have awarded FGC another significant grant to begin a “New Meetings Project,” which FGC will be launching soon. Read about both of these significant projects here.
In the last three years, the Shoemaker Trustees have awarded FGC grants totaling $800,000. The newest $400,000 grant is to be paid over the next two years and requires FGC to raise $100,000 in order to obtain the full amount.
Using Quaker Capital for Generations to Come
One FGC donor has been clear that his major gift to Friends General Conference is restricted expressly for our permanent endowment. “I took a lifetime to build my assets and I want my Quaker capital to keep on giving for generations to come.” His gift to the FGC endowment is invested, along with other FGC endowment funds, from which a modest percentage is harvested annually to help support FGC’s many programs and services for meetings, seekers, and Friends.
Major Gifts in the Stoking the Spiritual Fire of Quakerism Campaign
In October 2006, FGC launched the Stoking the Spiritual Fire of Quakerism Campaign. Thanks to many, many donors—including several hundred who made gifts of $2,000 or more—FGC was able to raise $6.5 million for projects and programs such as Youth Ministries, Ministry on Racism, Quaker Quest, and much more. The Final Tally of Gifts and the final Campaign Report are available below.