Episcopal Relief & Development Offers the Opportunity to Transform Communities this Holiday Season With Year-End Match Campaign Including Gifts for Life

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Episcopal Relief & Development launches $750,000 Year-End Match campaign.

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“Each year, during this matching gift period, thousands of generous donors answer the challenge to contribute,” said Mike Smith, Major Gift Officer.

Episcopal Relief & Development is launching its annual Year-End Match, offering supporters the opportunity to transform lives with twice the impact this holiday season. Thanks to a generous group of donors, contributions that Episcopal Relief & Development receives between now and the end of the year will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $750,000.

“At Episcopal Relief & Development, we work together to transform lives. It’s a shared effort,” said Betsy Deisroth, Vice President, Advancement, Episcopal Relief & Development. “I am deeply grateful to the generous donors who have stepped up to match donations and to every donor who partners with us to create lasting change.”

The Year-End Match will benefit the organization’s Global Needs Fund, supporting key programs in three priority areas: Women, Children and Climate. Gifts will support work promoting the health and well-being of children, empowering women, and helping communities adapt to our changing climate. They will also strengthen the organization’s continued response to areas recovering after disasters worldwide.

“Each year, during this matching gift period, thousands of generous donors – individuals and churches – answer the challenge to contribute,” said Mike Smith, Major Gift Officer. “This year, we’re excited to again be offering the opportunity to give through our alternative gift catalog, Gifts for Life, which includes meaningful gifts that transform lives in communities worldwide.”

Gifts for Life offerings this year include:

  • A goat to increase a family’s sustainability by providing staples such as milk and cheese
  • Vocational training for women to learn critical job skills
  • Beehives to provide their keepers with a reliable source of income and food
  • A bike to help a community volunteer reach more people each day
  • Relief kits that include food and medicine to aid those recovering after a disaster.

Contributions made to Episcopal Relief & Development before the end of the year are eligible for matching, including Gifts for Life, and direct contributions online, over the phone, or by mail. Gifts of stock or from an IRA are also included in the Year-End Match Challenge.

Between now and December 31, eligible contributions up to $750,000 will be matched. Donate online at episcopalrelief.org/match, or call 1.855.312.4325. Gifts can also be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

For over 80 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

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