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Thank Offering

Order a 2014 Thank Offering packet.


Visit the church store to order other promotional materials to help you celebrate the Birthday Offering or download free resources.

Download a Thank Offering grant application in Word format.


Give to the Thank Offering. The goal for the 2014 offering is $900,000.

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What Is the Thank Offering?
Grant Recipients
History of the Thank Offering
Thank Offering Grant Process
Thank Offering Application
Thank Offering Resources

What is 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. The goal for the 2014 Thank Offering is $900,000.

Give to the Thank Offering

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.

2014 Thank Offering packet cover, heart locketGrant Recipients

2014 Thank Offering recipients

Thanks to your generous giving to the 2013 Thank Offering, 30 projects (17 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—a reading program for children in Phoenix, clean water in India, transportation for refugee families in Nashville, and a pig farming program that will provide income for women in Congo, and much more. The grants awarded total $699,125. At least 40 percent of the offering funds health ministries.

Learn about these projects  and what your donation will provide.

History of the Thank Offering

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.

Thank Offering Grant Process

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 outlined in the 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.

Thank Offering Resources

Visit the church store for promotional materials and other resources to help you celebrate the Thank Offering or download free resources.


Email Presbyterian Women. For more information, see the July/August issue of Horizons each year.



  • Hi Sally! The PW Thank Offering is an international project, not just for the United States. Thanks for asking! by Patricia Longfellow PC(USA) Staff on 11/18/2013 at 4:38 p.m.

  • Is the Thank Offering a U.S. project or do Presbyterian Women around the world participate? by Sally Craxton on 11/09/2013 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Thank you for your interest in the PW Thank Offering! The site has been updated and everything is now available. by Patricia Longfellow PC(USA) Staff on 10/09/2012 at 4:05 p.m.

  • I'm looking for graphics or even a photo of the poster for 2012 Thank Offering and all the links here get me to 2010 and 2011. Can this site be updated? by E Davis on 08/14/2012 at 10:03 a.m.

  • Which Sunday in November is the Thank Offering being received? by Ivette Bender on 08/15/2011 at 5:39 p.m.

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