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 $100,000 to $300,000 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 2017, three projects received funding through Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering. Your gift to the 2017 Birthday Offering will allow these ministries to provide water systems in New Mexico, medical clinics in Cuba and emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse in South Carolina. The actual grant amounts for these worthwhile programs will depend on gifts received in 2017.
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.
2017 Birthday Offering Recipients
The Family Justice Center
Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence
The Family Justice Center (JFC) currently operates an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Georgetown and Horry Counties in South Carolina. With room for only 11 people, the center is frequently at capacity. The 2017 Birthday Offering Grant from Presbyterian Women will help FJC construct a new domestic violence shelter for victims of abuse living in these two counties of northeastern South Carolina.
Navajo Water Project
The Navajo Water Project will eventually provide water systems to 205 families at the Smith Lake Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. This Birthday Offering grant will provide a running water system for 40 families who do not have access to running water in their homes, who currently store their water in pots, pans and 55-gallon drums. The grant will provide each household with a cistern, pump, sink, shower and all pipes for their water system.
First Hand Aid
Rural Clinic Development Initiative
First Hand Aid exists to diminish the suffering of the most marginalized Cuban citizens by providing them hope, dignity and the basic necessities of life and health. In rural Cuba, where people often do not have a means to get to, or the opportunity to benefit from, resources located in large urban centers like Havana, people turn to the church for their basic needs, including certain medical needs. The Rural Clinic Development Initiative will build, fund, stock and staff medical clinics in six established Presbyterian Churches in rural Cuba.
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 Kathy Reeves.