The Thank Offering is one of Presbyterian Women’s two offerings. Received in the fall each year, it gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. Thank Offering grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. At least 40 percent of the offering funds health ministries.
Thank Offering Resources
Thank Offering Current Recipients
The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women reviewed 49 Thank Offering applications and selected 15 projects for funding this year. Thirteen of the projects serve people in the United States and two are international. In keeping with the Thank Offering bylaws, more than 40 percent of the selected projects are related to health ministries.
Synod of the Covenant
Presbytery of Cincinnati
Health Care Empowerment Project
The Contact Center has an overall mission to organize low and moderate-income people to work for positive social change. This project focuses on training women to be key advocates for beneficial Medicaid policies in Ohio. The Thank Offering grant will support monthly meetings to organize and train 20 to 30 women leaders.
Synod of Lakes and Prairies
Presbytery of South Dakota
All About U Adoptions, Inc.
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About U Adoptions works with expectant mothers who struggle to secure housing due to lack of proper identification, poor credit, no positive rental history and lack of income. The Thank Offering grant will help purchase a home to provide welcoming, safe and healthy transitional housing for expectant mothers as well as counseling and adoption planning.
Synod of Living Waters
Lifehouse Maternity Home
The residents of Lifehouse often arrive with little understanding of cooking or how their own food choices affect their unborn children. This grant will help expand a kitchen to allow space for hands-on cooking classes, daily meal preparation and lessons on essential nutrition, thus improving the mothers’ health and further equipping them for independent living.
Synod of Mid-Atlantic
National Capital Presbytery
Crossroads Community Food Network
Community Kitchen Enhancements
This community kitchen is a haven for local food production and education. Women who are eager to start a food business receive one-on-one technical assistance, affordable rental space and support to grow their endeavors. This project will expand and enhance the kitchen for these primarily low-income and immigrant entrepreneurs.
Synod of Mid-Atlantic
Presbytery of Western North Carolina
Faith 4 Justice
Faith 4 Justice is a bridge between local faith leaders and Black and Latinx community leaders who are committed to racial equity and healing through monthly meetings, trauma-informed materials and discussions led by those directly impacted by racism. The Thank Offering grant will support training for leadership development, community organizing and raising public awareness.
Synod of the Northeast
Presbytery of Geneva
Family Promise of Wayne County, N.Y., Inc.
Day Resource Center Renovations
Through community-based efforts, Family Promise helps families affected by homelessness to gain employment and sustainable housing. Local congregations shelter clients in church buildings, provide meals and assist with social services. This grant will help renovate a building for use as a day resource center and emergency overnight facility.
Synod of the Pacific
Presbytery of Nevada
Northern Nevada Dream Center
Reach the Hungry
With the purchase of a 14-foot box truck, the Thank Offering grant will help provide healthy meals to individuals and families by bringing bring food directly to outlying localities and neighborhoods where food pantries are not available. By serving these communities more efficiently, Reach the Hungry can increase the number of persons they serve.
Synod of South Atlantic
Presbytery of Tampa Bay
Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center
Setting a Place for All
Cedarkirk is working to provide more accessible facilities to older adults and people with disabilities. This grant will help construct a fully accessible dining facility, build a new welcome center and administration space, add an additional cottage to increase adult accommodations, and repurpose the current dining hall for new meeting space.
Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Presbytery of the Pacific
Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC)
Dance Empowerment Programs
Since 2010, CDMC has taught Dance from the Heart, a trauma-informed, free-form movement practice to over 1,500 low-income girls and women. This form of healing movement helps people get “unstuck” and travel forward in their lives with greater grace, ease, joy and support. This grant will support training events for local dance teachers to learn how to utilize Dance from the Heart with their own students.
Synod of the Southwest
Presbytery of Santa Fe
Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Team Refugee Youth
In Albuquerque, many recently resettled refugee middle and high school students experience poor school attendance and academic performance. This grant will help build programs that provide learning helps for refugee youth and equip parents to guide and advocate for their children.
Synod of the Sun
Stillwater Domestic Violence Services, Inc.
Shelter the Children
This grant will support a new initiative to reduce adverse childhood experiences related to violence seen by children in Oklahoma. Art and sports programs will be provided free to children living in the shelter while their moms are looking for work or dealing with legal issues.
Synod of the Sun
Presbytery of Arkansas
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center
Transportation for Disaster Kits
Many churches make disaster kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance but there are no collection depots in 12 southern states. Ferncliff is expanding the program by finding churches to serve as depots. The Thank Offering grant will be used to purchase a box truck for picking up disaster kits from these new depots in the south, thus helping eliminate shipping costs, raise visibility and grow this hands-on mission program.
Synod of the Trinity
The Presbytery of Donegal
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County
Community Healing Circle
First-person storytelling should be at the forefront of any healing process. Community healing circles provide a safe space for those impacted by domestic violence to share their stories, hear the group’s collective wisdom, learn to take control of their narratives and rewrite their own stories. The grant will support facilitator and childcare fees as well as healing circle supplies.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Association of Presbyterian Women of Kinshasa—West Synod
Complete the Women’s Centre and Training of Women
The Women’s Centre in Kinshasa has a goal to enhance the training of women so they can learn to assess local needs, find substantial solutions, and help transform churches and presbyteries of their synod. The Thank Offering grant will provide for the completion of this ongoing building project and offer a place for women to gather and receive leadership training.
Gidada Theological College
Construction of Girls’ Dormitory
Gidada Theological College recognizes that educating women is key to development for the whole society. Their goal is to strengthen the quality of their education programs for everyone by increasing the number of women students. Thank Offering funds will be used for the construction of a dormitory for female theological students in Dembi-Dollo.
Applying for a Thank 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.
To ask a question or to learn more about the Thank Offering, contact Cheri Harper.