About The Fund
The Fund performs a vital service for our Church by assisting Episcopal deacons--working, retired, in formation or disabled—who have insufficient funds for their needs. All Episcopal deacons are members of The Fund by virtue of their ordination.
The Fund is administered by its board of directors, with the assistance of a Grants Administrator, Director of Communications, and Bookkeeper (all part-time). Funds are usually distributed by monthly allowances based on individual needs. See our Grants section for the specific types available.
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 is held virtually each October. Deacons interested in attending the meeting should contact President Deacon Keith McCoy, in order to receive a Zoom invitation. The members of the Corporation who are entitled to vote are all ordained deacons in The Episcopal Church, who are not further ordained as priest or bishop.
The board typically meets in person to conduct business in mid-May, and in mid-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 in Diakoneo, the journal of the Association for Episcopal Deacons (AED). Representatives of the Fund are available at AED's Archdeacon & Deacon Directors conferences, and at General Convention.
DID YOU KNOW?
All deacons in The Episcopal Church are automatically voting members of the Fund, with no dues.
How does The Fund help?
History Of The Fund