FAQs About the Transition from ECSF to ECM

What’s happening and why? Following a time of discernment, the ECSF Board has decided to continue the important mission and ministry of ECSF without the burden of operating as a separate foundation. Beginning January 1, 2020, organizational and administrative services will shift from a stand-alone foundation to a committee supported by the diocesan office of the Bishop.

Will my contribution go to ECM grants or somewhere else? All funds received by donors earmarked ECM will be used to fund grants for neighborhood ministries through ECM. Under the former foundation, some of the funds raised did go toward operating expenses; we are now happy to say that all contributions to ECM will go directly to the ministries.

How will I make out my check under ECM? As of January 1, 2020, checks should be made payable to Diocese of Southern Ohio with a note that it is for Episcopal Community Ministries (or ECM). All funds will be processed through the diocesan Finance Department, as they are now, and will be used for grant funding. Please continue to mail checks to 412 Sycamore St., Cincinnati OH 45202.  You can also give online  here.

Will the grant application process be the same? Yes, for the time being, but it may be reviewed by the new committee in 2020 to streamline the process.  The 2020 grants will be awarded in the first quarter of 2020.

Who will decide which grant applications are funded? The new ECM Grants Committee will make these decisions based on the similar criteria used by the ECSF Board.

Who will help me when I have questions? A support staff person will be assigned to ECM administrative tasks and will be available to help with questions about completing grant applications, opportunities and methods of giving, and other details concerning the ministry of ECM – you can email info@ecmsouthernohio.org, with any questions.  The Finance Department of the diocese will continue to process and mail the grant checks to the ministry grant recipients.

How has ECSF been funded in the past? Grants have been funded through fund-raising efforts and donor response. Also, an unrestricted investment account called the Blanchard Fund was established through a major campaign in 1991 and earmarked for ECSF. In the past, salaries and administrative costs have been covered by the Blanchard Fund. Going forward, the Blanchard Fund will continue to be designated for the benefit of ECM and used for administrative costs.  We welcome and encourage ongoing donations to ECM to continue to wonderful work started by ECSF.

How will grant funds be raised going forward? Fund-raising for parish-supported outreach to local agencies and ministries will be addressed through a new “Bishop’s Annual Appeal” beginning in 2020 with funds directed to ECM. Of course, gifts to ECM are welcome at any time of the year! To make a contribution, just click here.