Bishop's Partnership Appeal 2015

Bishop's Partnership Appeal 2015

Dear Friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you!

I am writing to invite you to join us for the 2015 Bishop's Partnership Appeal. This Partnership is a collaborative year-end appeal process that is designed to actively support your congregation's annual giving campaign.

Over the past two years, the diocese and the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California (EFNC) have developed a year-end direct mail program that is designed to help congregations, programs and institutions of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California raise funds through annual giving. In 2014, the response to our efforts more than doubled. I was able to sign and send checks to 18 different congregations and ministries of our diocese, and those who participated in last year's partnership experienced a real benefit. Now, I want to draw the circle larger so more of us are supported at the local level.

The fact is that 24% - 40% of all charitable contributions are received between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Yet, it seems that the majority of us do not give our membership sufficient opportunity to choose the Church as recipient. I want to change this. I believe we can do more to empower the generosity of our people. We can be better ministers of the great joy of giving. In partnership, we become a stronger Church. We give more Episcopalians the opportunity to support their Church, and we become better stewards of our resources by doing this work together.I urge you to join us.

If you have any questions, please call me. I look forward to being in this partnership with you.

Yours in Christ,


How to Join the Bishop's Partnership

The Bishop's Partnership is a collaborative year-end appeal process designed to assist your congregation with the administrative support needed to run a successful annual giving campaign. The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California and the Office of the Bishop Staff will do the bulk of the work, and your ministry will reap the rewards!

To join the 2015 Bishop's Partnership, please

- Email a confirmation that you would like to join the 2015 Bishop's Partnership to
- Submit your mailing list by November 20, 2015: Click here to access the form to use when submitting your mailing list. Please use this form.
- Submit a brief description of your church, program or ministry for the remittance form (25 words or less).
- In early December, please promote this effort with your local congregation in your newsletters, announcements and bulletins. Please let people know a mailing from the Bishop is being sent, and ask them to support this effort.

We provide the following support:

- The Foundation and Office of the Bishop Staff will provide support staff, letters, paper, copies, envelopes, the remittance form (with your name included), envelope stuffing, labeling, postage and mailing.
- Our team will do the accounting and write the thank you letters.
- Our team will mail a check to you for your designated donations, with a full list of your donors (including name, address and amount).

This year-end appeal campaign closes on January 31, 2016. The Office of the Bishop will send checks to you by mid-February for all donations received by that date. All donations received after January 31st are processed on a monthly basis.We look forward to joining together in this beneficial partnership!


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