The Birthday Offering is one of Presbyterian Women’s two offerings. Received in the spring each year, it gives women a tangible way to celebrate the blessings in their lives. The Birthday Offering funds up to five projects each year, in amounts of $75,000 to $150,000 each. The recipients are selected before the offering is received, so grant amounts depend on the gifts received.
Birthday Offering Resources
Promotional materials are mailed to each congregation, Attn: PW/Women’s Group, in January.
Birthday Offering Current Recipients
In 2019, four projects received funding through Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering. Your gift to the Birthday Offering will allow PW to provide funding to the Disaster Response Team, Effingham Child Development Center, Presbyterian Homes, and Services of Kentucky, Inc, and Wings of Refuge.
While Birthday Offering giving often occurs in PW groups, you may also give online to deepen Presbyterian Women’s investments in life-changing ministries around the world.
2019 Birthday Offering Recipients
Disaster Response Team
Presbytery of Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
The Disaster Response Team of the Presbytery of Charlotte will expand its ministry to support people affected by human-made or natural disasters. PW’s grant will help provide a warehouse, parking lot and security fencing. This new space will hold household goods, food, hygiene, and school kits, and clean-up buckets, and will house mobile shower units and disaster recovery trailers.
Effingham Child Development Center
Inclusive Playground, Effingham, Illinois
In a child’s early years inclusive play environments set the tone for successful future relationships. The Effingham Child Development Center serves children and families of differing abilities and is paving the way for all kids to learn and play together. The Birthday Offering will improve the center’s playground by helping to provide a protective play surface and all-inclusive play equipment.
Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky, Inc.
Good Shepherd Community Nursing Center, Phelps, Kentucky
Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky cares for people who are sick, poor, lonely or vulnerable due to infirmities of age and poor health. This project will improve the quality of life and safety for nursing center residents in the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky. PW’s grant will help provide new wardrobes, bedside cabinets, over-bed tables, nursing beds, mattresses and lift recliners.
Wings of Refuge
Restoration Home, Iowa Falls, Iowa
Wings of Refuge provides a safe and healing space for women victimized by human trafficking. Without safety and shelter, there is little healing. PW’s Birthday Offering grant will help fund a larger long-term safe home where many more women will find restoration, identity, community, opportunity and hope, and transition into independent living.
Click here to see the promotional video on the Presbyterian Women YouTube channel
Applying for a Birthday Offering Grant
Grant requests come from a variety of national and international 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.
Learn about giving to the Birthday Offering or applying for a Birthday Offering grant by contacting Cheri Harper.