About Episcopal Charities

The Episcopal Charities Fund’s mission began in 1952 with the desire to help those in need. Our goal is to share the love of Christ with all of our neighbors. We strive to change the lives of Rhode Islanders by funding social service programs in the church and throughout the state.  Donors, volunteers, agencies, churches and people like YOU work together to implement this program. Funds from Episcopal Charities are used to assist battered women and abused children seeking a safe haven, to provide thousands with food, heat, shelter, healthcare and other basic needs, and to give the elderly and terminally ill  a sense of dignity in their last days. Through Episcopal Charities, those who suffer from drug addiction receive help toward recovery. Immigrants learn to read and speak English. Children find the unconditional love of Jesus and learn leadership skills at summer camps.

The Episcopal Charities Annual Campaign raises funds for grant distributions through the generous spirit and caring of individuals in the Episcopal churches of the Diocese, as well as support from members of the Rhode Island corporate community. We are proud to say that 100% of your gift is used for direct support of the agencies we fund.  Episcopal Charities has a separate endowment to cover our administrative costs. Read about our campaign in the latest brochure

In 2017, there were 56 grants that were funded for a total of $350,000.  A list of all the agencies that received funds last year is located here


How to Apply for an Episcopal Charities Grant

The application for an Episcopal Charities grant is posted in late winter each year.  The deadline for submitting the application is April 30.  Throughout the summer and fall, Charities volunteers read the applications and make site visits to many of the agencies.  The grants are awarded in December of each year.  The application (when available ), as well as  information about the application process, can be found here


Other News about Episcopal Charities

Bishop Higgins Award is given to a special person for distinguished and meritorious service on behalf of the Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island.  The history of this award and a list of recipients can be found here

Partners in Philanthropy Honoree is given each year to an Episcopal Charities supporter.  It is sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). More information about this organization and a list of honorees can be found here




You can also donate by check.  Use the mail-in-form located on our latest brochure 


For more information, contact Betsy Fornal at charities@episcopalri.org