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.
2020 Birthday Offering Recipients
Center for Social Assistance to the Disabled, Family, and Children —PREOBRAZHENIYE
Assisted Living Facility, Davydovo, Russia
In Russia, facilities for adults with disabilities are state nursing homes that are inadequate to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of their patients. The goal for PREOBRAZHENIYE is to create a Christian model of housing and community. The Birthday Offering grant will help construct a new home that provides suitable living conditions, constant medical support, and an environment in which the residents can realize their rights to freedom of religion and work.
GAP Ministries of Augusta, Georgia
Expand Access and Service Space, Northeast Georgia Presbytery
For 40 years GAP Ministries has served a community on the margins of society, helping with food, clothing, toiletries, prescription assistance, photo IDs and storage bins for homeless persons. By renovating the second floor of their historic church building and adding an elevator, GAP can address other needs such as a Saturday service for the working poor, expanded health assistance and meeting spaces for partner ministries.
Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center in Payson, Arizona
Childcare and Prekindergarten Facility, Presbytery of the Grand Canyon
Established in 1979, the Community Presbyterian Child Learning Center provides daycare and prekindergarten programs for children in Payson, Arizona; the Tonto Apache Tribe; and neighboring communities. The center currently uses two historic buildings and a modular structure that is small and not well suited for child care. This grant will help build a modern facility that will increase the number of children served and provide infant care that is currently not available in Payson.
Liberty Community Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northside Healing Space Expansion, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
The Northside Healing Space is part of Liberty Community Church, the first and only African American-led Presbyterian congregation in Minnesota. This community-driven “healing homeplace” provides supportive housing, workforce development, access to healthy food, K–12 school initiatives, and care for survivors of trauma and commercial sexual exploitation. The Birthday Offering grant will help renovate their historic building and expand programming based on the expressed needs of the community.
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.
Please note: The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected the Birthday Offering application process. The deadline for submission remains May 15, and materials should be sent to the PW offices in Louisville, KY, as directed in the application packet.
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.