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 our very part-time Grants Administrator, Director of Communications, and Bookkeeper. Funds are usually distributed by monthly 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 eleven deacons, nine elected as directors by the deacons of The Episcopal Church for three years terms, plus the President and Treasurer. The vice-president and secretary, plus the assistant secretary and assistant treasurer if necessary, are elected from among the directors; the president and treasurer may be elected from outside the board. Director terms begin on January 1, while officers are elected for one year terms at the reorganization of the Board in early January, and take office at the conclusion of that meeting.
The Annual Meeting of the Corporation in 2021 will be held on Monday October 4 at 4 pm, at the office of the Church Pension Group, 19 East 34th Street, New York City. Deacons interested in attending the meeting should register before Friday October 1 by emailing President Deacon Keith McCoy. Members of the Corporation entitled to vote are all ordained deacons in The Episcopal Church, who are not further ordained as priest or bishop. A virtual option will also be provided upon request.
The board typically meets to conduct business around the second Tuesday in May, and the second Tuesday in October, usually in New York City. The meetings, which include reviews of grants, financial reports, and other business, are over the course of two days. Expenses for directors to attend the board meetings are covered by the Fund.
Reports from the Board are published semi-annually in Diakoneo, the journal of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. Representatives of the Fund are available at AED's Triennial Assemblies and A3D conferences, and at General Convention.
More info in our FAQ's.
The Fund's Current ByLaws.
How has The Fund helped individuals in need?
CPG Deacon Webinar: Watch the recording, view the slides
On Dec. 8, 2020, CPG held a webinar for deacons, explaining changes to the Clergy Pension Plan that make it possible for eligible deacons to participate. Replay the webinar and view the slides. For specific questions, contact CPG Client Services.
Legal name: The Fund for the Diaconate of The Episcopal Church
Tax ID: 23-7125960
All deacons in The Episcopal Church are automatically voting members of the Fund, and elect members to the board annually.
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Key Dates: 1857 - present
For Deaconesses, The Retiring Fund for Deaconesses, and The Fund for the Diaconate.
The Fund for the Diaconate history
"Thank you so much that the Fund for the Diaconate saw my need and contributed to me and my family during the time of lockdown.” ~ Deacon E., recipient of Emergency Grant
Association for Episcopal Deacons
AED is an association of persons and dioceses in The Episcopal Church whose mission is to increase participation and involvement of all baptized persons in Christ's diaconal ministry, especially by promoting and supporting the diaconate.
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