Magazine article Anglican Journal

Synod's $9-Million Budget Up Less Than 1%: Appeals, (Anglican) Journal Hit by Mail Strike

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Synod's $9-Million Budget Up Less Than 1%: Appeals, (Anglican) Journal Hit by Mail Strike

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General Synod has set a budget of $9 million for 1998 - a figure representing an increase of less than one per cent over last year, according to synod treasurer Jim Cullen.

The budget consists of two sections - a voluntary apportionment and a mandatory assessment, which finances the administration of the church, including the primate's office, archives and national meetings.

Seven dioceses gave more than asked for under last year's apportionment, while the church's three major fundraising appeals were hit hard by the postal strike, federal government spending cuts and the forces of nature.

Also affected by the postal strike was the Anglican Journal appeal, which raised $177,000-well short of its $230,000 target, said the paper's business manager, Larry Gee.

In his report to the Journal's advisory board, Mr. Gee also pointed out that the Diocese of Toronto bumped the appeal from September to November, the month after its own diocesan paper's appeal. The diocese's decision was largely a result of problems in its own fundraising campaign, Faith Works, which only achieved half of its $1.3-million target.

Another factor was a decision of the Diocese of New Westminster to permit the Journal appeal to be mailed only to previous donors. Bishop Michael Ingham cited diocesan appeals and concern over the editorial direction of the Journal as factors in the decision.

The appeal will be an annual event, he said. "I can't see how we are going to get around it. …

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