FAQs

About Us

What organizations does ECF work with?

ECF provides funding, leadership, and resources to enable Episcopal parishes/worshiping communities and their nonprofit partners to lift up people facing poverty and oppression and to achieve significant, long-lasting impact in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Since its inception, ECF has donated more than $4 million to promote thriving and spiritually strong individuals, families, and communities locally. View projects funded by ECF.

There are many phenomenal efforts and ministries geared towards national and international efforts to relieve poverty and oppression that are supported by parishes throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. However, the Episcopal Community Foundation specifically supports those working in our local communities in Middle and North Georgia.

What issues does ECF aim to resolve?

ECF helps resolve important issues in our local communities, including efforts around hunger, homelessness, generational poverty, refugee services, human trafficking, and those whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

How is ECF affiliated with the Diocese?

ECF is a ministry within the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. We specifically fund parishes and worshiping communities in our Diocese as well as nonprofit organizations which have a substantial relationship with one of these parishes or worshiping communities.

While our administrative office is located within the Office of the Bishop at the Cathedral of St. Philip, our budget is separate from the budget for the Diocese. Unlike other diocesan ministries, ECF is not funded by the fair share assessment.

How is ECF funded?

ECF is funded by the Rt. Rev. Bennett J. Sims Endowment. We also raise funds through events (e.g., annual Hunger Walk/Run) and individual giving (e.g., donations, planned giving opportunities and legacy gifts). We are the only ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta that provides opportunities for individuals to establish a lasting legacy to serve the poor and oppressed, as well as to honor their individual parishes in their estate. Unlike other organizations in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, we are not funded by the fair share assessment.

How We're Different

How does ECF differ from other ministries in the Diocese?

  • ECF grants can support traditional and non-traditional ministries, and must have parish involvement and collaboration. Grants will NOT be funded to a nonprofit partner without a strong parish connection that is spiritually enriched by the partnership.
  • ECF grants must serve the poor and oppressed for a parish’s community, and therefore do not include building loans or funds for repairs.
  • ECF grants are not intended for individual use, and therefore do not includes loans, education funds, or other individual purposes.
  • ECF does not require a matching contribution for our grants; however, we can serve as the matching grant for a Ministry Innovation.
  • ECF grants are not supported out of the 10% Fair Share assessment, but through our endowment and donations from individuals.
  • We are the only ministry in the Diocese that provides opportunities for individuals to establish a lasting legacy to serve the poor and oppressed, as well as to honor their individual parishes in their estate. ECF serves as a resource to parishes around outreach ministry and planned giving.

Is ECF a part of Episcopal Relief & Development?

No, ECF is a specific ministry to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and is not affiliated with Episcopal Relief & Development.

ECF partners with Episcopal communities in Middle and North Georgia to lift up people facing poverty and oppression, creating sustainable impact for individuals, families, and communities. While there are many phenomenal efforts and ministries geared towards national and international efforts to relieve poverty and oppression, we specifically support those working in our local communities in Middle and North Georgia.

Episcopal Relief & Development works globally to respond to human suffering in the world. ERD administers funds that are received from The Episcopal Church and raised from other sources to provide relief in times of disaster and promote sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering. Learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development on their website.

Is ECF a part of the Episcopal Church Foundation?

Despite sharing the “ECF” moniker, the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia is a specific ministry to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and is not affiliated with the Episcopal Church Foundation.

The Episcopal Church Foundation works with Episcopal faith communities to support strategic visioning and planning exercises. These exercises enable lay and clergy leadership teams to raise financial resources for ministries and affect positive change in their communities through Christian Stewardship and ministry. Learn more about the Episcopal Church Foundation on their website.

Grantmaking

How are ECF grants awarded? What is the criteria?

ECF provides charitable grants from The Rt. Rev. Bennett J. Sims Endowment to create significant, sustainable ministries and community partnerships that serve people in need and encourage spiritual growth for Episcopalians through service.

  • Offered twice a year, our General Grants are available to parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and their nonprofit partners to fund collaborative efforts that utilize the skills and resources of our shared communities to make an impact for the poor and oppressed.
  • Our Small Acts of Charity acknowledge that sometimes smaller funding requests are needed to continue our work of building the Beloved Community. Each quarter, one to two smaller grants of no more than $5,000 are awarded.
  • Each spring we participate as a benefiting partner in the annual Hunger/Walk Run and offer specially designated grants to hunger-related efforts from the event’s proceeds.

Does ECF fund general operational support?

ECF recognizes that it is through our collaborative efforts that we are able to see significant change. With that in mind, ECF prioritizes funding significant, sustainable ministries and partnerships with the community. While this does not exclude operational support for existing projects, ECF seeks to enable sustainable partnerships that utilize the skills and resources of our communities to accomplish that which we cannot do on our own.

What issues does ECF aim to resolve?

ECF helps resolve important issues in our local communities, including efforts around hunger, homelessness, generational poverty, refugee services, human trafficking, and those whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

Legacy Gifts

How is ECF funded?

ECF is funded by the Rt. Rev. Bennett J. Sims Endowment. We also raise funds through events (e.g., annual Hunger Walk/Run) and individual giving (e.g., donations, planned giving opportunities and legacy gifts). We are the only ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta that provides opportunities for individuals to establish a lasting legacy to serve the poor and oppressed, as well as to honor their individual parishes in their estate. Unlike other organizations in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, we are not funded by the fair share assessment.