About The Fund for the Diaconate
The Fund performs a vital service for our Church by assisting deacons – working, retired or disabled – who have insufficient funds for their needs. The Fund is administered by its board of directors, with the assistance of a Fund Accountant and a Grants Coordinator. Funds are usually distributed by periodic allowances based on individual needs. Special grants can be made to cover emergencies, such as illness, dental care, disaster relief or other special needs.
The Officers and Directors of the Corporation consist of nine deacons, elected by the deacons of The Episcopal Church for three years terms. The officers, chosen from among the board members, are president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. They are elected for one year terms at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation in October, and take office when elected.
The Annual Meeting of the Corporation is held on the second Tuesday in October, in New York City. Members of the Corporation entitled to vote are all ordained deacons in The Episcopal Church, who are not further ordained as priest or bishop. The board also holds its semi-annual board meeting at that same time. The other semi-annual board meeting is held on the second Tuesday in May, also in New York City, and includes a half day strategic plan review.
In 2011, for the first time in recent history, a deacon was elected as president of The Fund. The spring 2014 meeting of the Board of Directors began a planning process to explore how the Fund might broaden how it assists deacons.
Reports from the Board are published semi-annually in Diakoneo, the magazine of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, and at the AED's Triennial conferences.
The Fund's Current ByLaws.
Download this brochure for the history and general information about The Fund.
How has The Fund helped individuals in need?