Peace & Social Concerns, Planned SVFM Giving Plan for 2016-17
After several months of discernment, which included work by four subcommittees of our P&SC Committee, and consideration of the results of the telephone survey we conducted in the Meeting, the following are the approved designated beneficiaries for disbursing the funds which the Meeting has budgeted to contribute to the relief of poverty and injustice and the implementation of social change.
- We want to give nearly 30% of our available funds to four organizations, two of them Quaker, which work directly in the impoverished, oppressed third world:
- Right Sharing of World Resources (Quaker): micro-loans to women in India and Africa
- Madison Quakers: Reconstruction and Recovery in Vietnam (Quaker)
- ANERA: American Near East Refugee Aid in West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon
- Doctors Without Borders: medical work in war zones around the third world
- We want to give about 25% of our available funds to five Quaker organizations that work at the regional or national level educating and advocating for spiritual and social change toward our core testimonies:
- Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), lobbying for Palestine at national level
- Quaker House, for military counseling and peace advocacy near Fort Bragg
- Earth Quaker Action Team (Philadelphia), for direct action to combat climate change
- Pendle Hill, for Quaker education and retreats near Philadelphia and Swarthmore
- Quaker Voluntary Service, providing leadership development through service projects and group living for young adult Quakers
- We want to invest the remaining 45% of our funds to improve the lives of local residents, particularly minorities, through:
- Local work related to climate change, providing grants for weatherization of the homes of low-income residents, and supporting the Creation Care Alliance;
- Local emergency relief (food, heat, etc), both through the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, and through grants to local residents, including Latino families;
- Work for justice for prisoners, by grants for prisoner re-entry support (with African-American prisoner focus, and assistance from Kathy LaMotte’s advocacy), and support for prison chaplaincy at local women’s prison (Ministry of Hope)
- Note that included in the above donations are some 22% of the total dedicated to earthcare.
Please contact Ames, the Committee Convener, if you wish to learn more about the organizations and grants listed above, or if you wish to participate in future donation planning. The Committee views the giving plan as a supplement to the generous giving from individual members and attenders to an even wider array of worthy causes.