“When you give to the Bishop’s Fund, children attend Camp Mitchell, unexpected bills are paid, and people are trained for future ministry.”
A Note from Bishop Benfield
Your Gift Makes It Possible
The Bishop’s Fund
Assisting organizations that do God’s work.
The Bishop’s Fund makes possible much good work in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. For example, when a seminarian needs assistance with unforeseen expenses, I can turn to the fund to help. When a congregation needs extra funding to make a special project or training event happen, the fund is there to help. And when this diocese needs to help feed the hungry or work with other organizations beyond the Episcopal Church, I turn to the fund to support that work.
You make all this work possible. No money from the diocesan budget goes into the Bishop’s Fund. Its only sources are gifts from individuals and offerings taken up during my visits to congregations.
Thank you for having been generous in the past. In 2017, donations to the fund totaled over $62,000. Of this amount, 85% came from individuals such as yourself.
Here are some examples of how we have used those gifts this year.
- $6,500 helped ecumenical and interfaith work in Arkansas.
- $5,200 helped congregations with local programs.
- $3,200 helped restore pensions for clergy in Cuba.
Our companion fund for disaster relief has given thousands of dollars to dioceses to help people recover from the natural disasters that have begun striking with more regularity in recent years.
I hope you will join me in this effort. It is a primary way that we go beyond the “daily business” of the church, and make a difference in the lives of so many people.
You may donate online or by sending a check made payable to the Diocese of Arkansas, noted for the Bishop’s Fund, to the following address:
Diocese of Arkansas
P.O. Box 164668
Little Rock, AR 72216.
You can also make a gift of stock (receive transfer instructions by contacting Mary Jane Hodges in the diocesan office). All gifts are tax deductible.
I remain deeply thankful to everyone who makes this vital work possible.