Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2017
The parish contributed $23,232 to charities in 2016. Charitable giving is funded through monthly collections taken one Sunday each month during the Divine Liturgy and through funds from the cell towers. We have continued to assist, among other things, a variety of Orthodox Christian missions and causes at home and around the globe. As has been described in previous years, our goal is to support and encourage charities that perform good, Christian works, consistently and in such a manner that 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. The recipient organization can therefore count on us to help fulfill their goals in a more predictable manner. Finally, giving to newly identified organizations helps the parish to fulfill our calling and to help address the immediate needs of said organization in an efficient, responsible way.
The following is a summary of our charitable giving since 2011:
As you can see, the median figure for charitable giving is around $17,000. Although the average for yearly charitable giving is $22,803, the median figure gives a better benchmark on which we should base our decline or improvement in this category. 2015 had a combination of multiple charities and additional community giving which should be noted and for which our parish should be commended --- an atypical, but outstanding year. Below you will see the breakdown of our charities, in a more detailed fashion, for 2016.