Magazine article Anglican Journal

Record Living to PWRDF in 'Year of Disaster': New Focus on Planned Giving

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Record Living to PWRDF in 'Year of Disaster': New Focus on Planned Giving

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Canadian Anglicans recorded an extraordinary level of giving in 2005 to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, responding generously during "the year of the disaster" and continuing to support development projects abroad and native ministry at home.

The Toronto-based fund received $4.639 million in donations from individuals, parishes and dioceses in 2005, up 4.3 per cent from $4.449 million in 2004. The 2005 figure included $1.274 million given in response to specific disasters: the devastating South Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan earthquake, civil war in the Sudanese province of Darfur, Hurricane Stan and famine in Niger. It also includes $357,000 donated towards the fund's campaign to benefit HIV/AIDS victims in Africa.

Canadians responded most generously to the South Asian tsunami, which struck on Dec. 26, 2004, giving a total of $1.339 million in 2004 and 2005.

"People have maintained a solid connection with the organization," said Beth Baskin, co-ordinator of public engagement.

She noted that the fund within the last six months redesigned its Web site and online donations were available for all of 2005.

Of the 30 dioceses, 17 increased their givings and 13 were lower. The diocese of Calgary's figures were affected by a $150,000 onetime donation in 2004 and the diocese of Nova Scotia recorded a donation in 2005 of $50,000 in securities, said Ms. …

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