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 2018, three projects received funding through Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering. Your gift to the Birthday Offering will allow PW to provide funding to Cottage Village, Village of Grace Center for Physical and Spiritual Health, and The Dwelling place.
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.
2018 Birthday Offering Recipients
Cottage Village, a Tiny-house Community for Low-income Residents
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Cottage Village will provide quality, affordable housing and a safe, structured social community for individuals and families with low or very low incomes. This Birthday Offering grant will be used to help build 13 tiny houses and a central shared-use area that will serve as a compassionate and protective community for vulnerable rural citizens.
Village of Grace Center for Physical and Spiritual Health
This Birthday Offering grant will make it possible for the Presbytery of Honduras to purchase the Village of Grace Center for Physical and Spiritual Health near Tegucigalpa. Originally established by Presbyterian mission co-workers, the retreat center will be managed by Presbyterian women in Honduras. It will offer international hospitality for retreats, workshops and mission teams from the PC(USA), Solar Under the Sun and Living Waters for the World.
The Dwelling Place
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota
The Dwelling Place was established in 1998 to provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women and their children following their escape from a violent partner. Transitional housing, education, food, clothing, trauma-informed support services, programming and mentoring for women are all part of the mission of The Dwelling Place. This Birthday Offering grant will help The Dwelling Place purchase a vacant lot where they will construct a multi-use building with spaces suitable for large and small group programming, one-on-one case management, safe living space and staff offices. With the additional building, The Dwelling Place will be able to serve even more women and children who are seeking safety.
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.