Created in 1982 under the leadership of the late Rt. Rev. Bennett Sims, the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, ECF continues to respond on behalf of the Diocese of Atlanta to the Christian imperative that the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the homeless housed, and the poor be sharers in the good news of the Gospel
In food pantries and family shelters, in health clinics and prison cells, in job centers and community gardens, ECF makes the love of Christ incarnate and tangible
ECF grants are made possible by the generosity of individuals and parishes around the diocese. Gifts made to the Disbursement Fund go directly into the work with the poor, while gifts made to the Endowment Fund allow ECF to use the gift over and over. A variety of planned giving options enable a gift to last beyond a lifetime.
Since its inception, ECF has given away over $4 million in the name of all Episcopalians in the Diocese of Atlanta.
A Shared Ministry
A board of representatives from around the diocese meets several times a year to consider grant requests, and to plan for the continued work of the Foundation. Board members make site visits for each grant request, creating direct relationships and contact with each ministry. This approach ensures that all funds shared are wisely utilized, and equally important, that the diocese deepens its understanding of the needs in the world it is called serve. The requirement fo ECF funding is need; and for organizations and ministries who meet that need to be non-profit, providing services without respect to religious, racial or ethnic background.