What are the Thank Offering and Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women?

Thanks for your interest in what women are doing to make a difference in the world.  The Thank Offering is one way women can see their mission dollars at work. The Thank Offering is a way for women to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. The offering funds programs that deal with issues such as economic justice, elderly care,  women and children, domestic violence, homelessness, hunger,  and much more. Last year we funded approximately $900,000 for these type of programs both nationally and internationally. At least 40% of the money is awarded for health programs. The range amounts for funding are between $5,000 and $50,000.

The Birthday Offering  is for larger grants and PW can award up to five per year. The range amount for these types of grants is between $200,000 and $750,000. We typically fund around $700,000 but have funded as much as $900,000 in past years.

I will be listing grant recipients in this blog so that if you want to connect with an organization in your community, you will have an opportunity to do so. But first, I want to take a moment to explain the history of Presbyterian Women.

Women’s groups in the Presbyterian Church have a powerful history. Since the early 1800s Presbyterian women have organized themselves to support mission and combat social injustices nationally and internationally. While the levels of involvement and recognition from the denominations have varied, women’s dedication to living out God’s call through women’s organizations has remained steady.

I am a national staff person of Presbyterian Women that helps to carry out the purpose and programming of the organization. Our staff serve as keynote speakers, workshop leaders, resource liasions for committees in the organization and much more.

As I organize and write this blog, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thanks for taking time to read this and I hope you enjoy the content and can learn something about the tremendous need in the world.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Cindy! this is Myriam, from your MK class. Does your organization have a website? I’d like to have a look and understand better what you do, and the projects you fund. I have a couple of friends who work for NGOs let’s say, also religious ones. Cheers, Myriam


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