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Download a Thank Offering grant application in PDF format.
Download a Thank Offering grant application in Word format.
Give to the Thank Offering
The Thank Offering is a PW offering collected in the fall of each year that gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. The offering funds projects 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. At least 40 percent of this offering supports health ministries throughout the world. The remaining 60 percent funds new creative ideas for mission.
PW in the Congregations typically collect the Thank Offering in the fall and dedicate their offerings at fall 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) with a PW Remittance Form to the treasurer of PW in the Presbytery.
Email Presbyterian Women to find out the name and address of your PWP treasurer.
The PW Thank Offering originated in the late 1800s with Eliza Clokey of Springfield, Ohio. Her plan was to ask each woman to give a gift in addition to her usual contribution to the Women’s General Missionary Society of the United Presbyterian Church of North America as a “thank offering to our Lord.” In 1888, the women designated a day for prayer and thanksgiving when this special offering should be received. These sacrificial gifts, it is said, saved the worldwide missionary movement of their denomination. Though the thrust of how and where the money was used changed over the years, the “thank offering to her Lord” continued to be an important part of United Presbyterian Women’s giving.
2012 Thank Offering recipients
Thanks to your generous giving of $623,873 to the 2011 Thank Offering, 26 projects (13 national and 13 international) will receive grants, allowing them to improve the lives of women, children and men in need. The recipients will provide an array of services in their communities—from establishing a garden that will supply a weekend backpack feeding program in North Carolina to expanding the maternity and newborn wards in a Malawi hospital, to offering preventative healthcare in Washington to building a water tank and pipeline in India. At least 40 percent of the offering funds health ministries.
Learn about these projects and what your donation will provide.
Thank Offering grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. Grant requests come from a variety of sources, such as 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 Thank Offering grant application.
Download a Thank Offering grant application in Microsoft Word format.
Applications for grants must be postmarked by September 15. The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women meets in the spring to review applications and make selections. Projects will be notified in April and will receive 70 percent of the funds in May. Upon receipt of the Interim Report by September 1, the remaining 30 percent will be released by December 1.
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