Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2015
By Philip Stamatakos
The parish contributed over $25,000 to charities in 2014. Charitable giving is funded almost entirely through monthly collections taken one Sunday each month during the Divine Liturgy and those collections are matched by the Church. The parish's charitable contributions, which are entirely a function of the good will and generosity of our parishioners, have assisted a variety of Orthodox Christian missions and causes at home and around the globe and collectively represent about 10% of our parish’s budget – a tithe.
The parish council believes that the combination of repeatedly giving to charities that are effective in doing good, Christian works and giving in an "ad hoc" manner as needs arise provides both the parish and the recipient organization with a number of benefits. Repeat giving permits the parish to become more closely identified with an organization and its objectives and allows the recipient organization to rely upon a relatively consistent level of annual giving; giving to newly identified organizations permits the parish to address immediate needs.
Certain charities have been recipients of giving for several years and are likely to receive money from the parish in the future. These include the following:
• The Orthodox Church in America,
January charity St. Luke Mission Trips 8,800
Total 2014 charity donations: 25,332
If you have suggestions for monthly charities, please contact Phil Stamatakos at firstname.lastname@example.org.