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.
Birthday Offering Resources
Promotional materials are mailed to each congregation, Attn: PW/Women’s Group, in January.
2021 Birthday Offering Recipients
Garden Gate Ranch, Inc.
Education Center Renovation, Des Moines, Iowa
Garden Gate Ranch is a Christian organization that provides safe housing and restorative and transitional services for sexually-exploited women and their children. In the spring of 2020, Garden Gate Ranch opened a newly reconditioned home that was expected to reach full capacity within a few months. Garden Gate Ranch inhabits a large area and plans are in place to fully utilize this area to support women and their children. The Birthday Oﬀering will assist Garden Gate Ranch in their mission by providing a separate education center for programming, therapeutic services and vocational rehabilitation.
Memorial Drive Ministries, Inc.
Gymnasium Capital Improvements, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Located in the most diverse square mile in North America, Memorial Drive Ministries, Inc., a partnership between the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and six other churches, provides a welcoming environment for the vibrant ministries that call the Memorial Drive campus home. The Birthday Oﬀering grant will provide a desperately needed roof to replace one that leaks onto the gymnasium floor where sewing, karate, dance, frisbee, badminton, basketball and other after-school activities take place. This costly but necessary fix will ensure that Memorial Drive Ministries can continue to provide a place of welcome to diverse worshipping communities and innovative community services.
Nkhoma Mission Hospital
Women’s Health Center/OBGYN Theatre, Nkhoma, Malawi
The Nkhoma Mission Hospital in Nkhoma, Malawi (located in southeastern Africa) oﬀers aﬀordable, accessible healthcare services for all, inspired by the love of Jesus Christ. The Birthday Oﬀering grant will provide funds to build an obstetrics and gynecology-specific operating room next to the existing prenatal and maternity wards. This new theater will help decrease delays and reduce maternal deaths caused by having to move patients a significant distance across the hospital’s grounds. This theater expansion will aid in the hospital’s goals of becoming more self-sustainable by expanding the surgical services that are oﬀered and living into its vision of being a leader in quality, Christian healthcare and training in Malawi.
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.