Download a 2016 Birthday Offering packet
Visit the church store to order other promotional materials to help you celebrate the Birthday Offering or download free resources. Expect to receive the Birthday Offering packet by mail in late February.
Download a Birthday Offering grant application
Give to the Birthday Offering
The Birthday Offering is a PW offering received in the spring of each year to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. The offering funds up to five projects that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support, such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns.
PW in the Congregations (PWCs) typically collect the Birthday Offering in the spring and dedicate their offerings at spring gatherings. No giving guidelines are suggested other than “give as you are blessed.” PWCs who collect the Offering should send their donation (as a check made payable to Treasurer of Presbyterian Women) to the treasurer of PW in the Presbytery. Email Presbyterian Women to find out the name and address of your PWP treasurer.
After reviewing numerous proposals, the Creative Ministries Offering Committee chose four projects to receive grants from the 2016 Birthday Offering. Your gift to the 2016 Birthday Offering will allow theses ministries to help at-risk youth in Kansas and Florida, girls in South Sudan, and individuals living in California in manufactured homes that are in dire need of updates. The actual grant amounts for these worthwhile programs will depend on gifts received in 2016. The goal for the offering is $500,000; give now.
Overland Park, Kansas
Heartland 180—a new program in the Kansas City, Kansas area—serves boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who have been a part of the criminal justice system. Heartland 180 conducts intensive training sessions on character building, core values and life skills for these at-risk youth. Funds from the Birthday Offering will allow Heartland 180 to purchase a dedicated space and computers that will enable the program to maintain confidential information about participants and donors. These investments will help Heartland 180 continue their important work and increase the number of youth served.
Direct Action and Research Training Center
Direct Action and Research Training (or DART) Center trains individuals to build powerful local justice ministries. With funds from the Birthday Offering, DART will train clergy and lay leaders in more than 20 communities on how to stop the flow of children into the school-to-prison pipeline. High illiteracy rates and zero-tolerance discipline policies within school districts have led to high numbers of youth being suspended or expelled. DART’s training will help communities advocate for restorative behavioral practices for these students, facilitating their development and education rather than pushing them into the juvenile or criminal justice systems.
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Housing costs in the East Bay and Silicon Valley areas of California are among the highest in the country. Manufactured or mobile homes are often the only affordable option for individuals and families with low-incomes, many of whom are elderly or disabled. Nearly two-thirds of the manufactured homes in East Bay and Silicon Valley were built before 1980 and need significant repairs. Your gift to the Birthday Offering will allow Habitat for Humanity to partner with more than 100 individuals and families to repair their manufactured homes, ensuring safety and stability for these households.
Building Minds in South Sudan
Pittsford, New York
Building Minds in South Sudan increases access to education for girls in the Republic of South Sudan. The literacy rate in this country is among the lowest in the world, and the rate for females is significantly lower than for males. Your gift to the Birthday Offering will fund the construction of a girls’ primary school, for levels one through eight, in Majok-Keen, a village in Warrap State, South Sudan. With six classrooms, a large multi-purpose building and two blocks of latrines, the school will serve approximately 600 girls. Investing in girls’ education produces benefits for the girls, their community, their future families and their country.
In 1922, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Woman’s Auxiliary (PCUS), it was decided that an offering should be made for a definite cause. That same year, Hallie Paxson Winsborough, superintendent of women’s work, visited Miss Dowd’s School for Girls in Kochi, Japan. Realizing the school’s needs, she challenged members of the Women’s Auxiliary to give one penny for each year of their life as a birthday gift to the school. Over the years, that tradition has become known as the Birthday Offering. Presbyterian Women have given more than $29 million in support of mission projects throughout the world.
Birthday Offering grants range from $200,000 to $750,000. Grant requests come from a variety of sources including PC(USA) governing bodies, health agencies, overseas churches, ecumenical councils, community groups, educational institutions and church related groups. Projects must meet the criteria established by Presbyterian Women.
Download a Birthday Offering grant application in Microsoft Word format.
Applications for grants must be submitted by May 15. The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women meets in the fall to review applications and make selections. Up to five projects will be selected for funding. Projects will be notified in November and will receive the first payment in October; second payment will be made by May 1 if the interim report is received by February 1.
Bill, and anyone looking for Birthday Offering promotional videos, you may find them on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/PresbyterianWomen.
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You can order through the Church Store online by going to this link: http://store.pcusa.org/Communications?search=birthday+offering . Most of the materials are free, but there may be a handling charge.