About Anglican Aid
Sydney Anglicans have always had an obsession with grace. It's one of the things that makes us a bit different - even the way we do aid.
Anglicans are people overwhelmed by God’s generosity. Especially through his gift of salvation. For the death and resurrection of Jesus brings new life to all who believe. In the words of the New Testament:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who though he
was rich yet for our sakes became poor so that through
his poverty we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
It’s this grace that drives us to be generous. It enables us to serve others by proclaiming Christ and caring for those in need.
There’s a real pleasure in passing on this generosity to those in need – both in Sydney and around the world. And that’s our invitation to you: Let Grace Flow.
Grace on the ground
To deliver our aid programs we work with like-minded Christian partners. People we know and trust. As Archbishop Peter Jensen has said, we do this “to make sure that the funds are put into exactly the right position to do the maximum good.”
Anglican Aid partners with Christian organisations to alleviate poverty in the developing world.
We work with Anglican churches in this city as an expression of God’s grace.
And we work together with indigenous Christian leadership throughout the developing world so that men and women will be equipped to proclaim the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus.
How did Anglican Aid start?
The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid is the fresh and simplified name for what was previously known as The Archbishop of Sydney’s Appeals Unit. It was comprised of three funds: the Community Care Fund, the Overseas Relief and Aid Fund and the Overseas Ministry Fund. For more history on the three funds, see below.
Today, the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid still comprises these three funds, known now as Overseas Development, Overseas Mission, and Community Care. When you make a donation to Anglican Aid, you will be asked which fund or project you would like your money to go to. If you do not specify which fund, we will direct the donation to where there is the greatest need.
As the icy grip of the Great Depression crushed Sydney in 1934, Archbishop Howard Mowll decided not just to preach about it, but to make a difference. Over time, this became the Archbishop's Community Care Fund.
Community Care works in partnership with churches all over greater metropolitan Sydney. It supports those facing social and economic hardship, mental health problems or requiring refugee settlement assistance. Projects are active in Summer Hill, Campsie, Auburn, Darlinghurst, Glebe, Macquarie Fields, Nowra, Riverwood, Sadlier and Surry Hills.
The approach is all about community development. This is a process of partnering with people in the community over the long term and encouraging joint participation at all levels.
This partnership enables local churches to show the love of Jesus Christ to those suffering the effects of poverty and marginalisation in their community. Community Care has tax-deductible status and is a registered charity.
In 1971, Archbishop Sir Marcus Loane took Sydney’s eyes from the suffering in our suburbs to needs overseas. To those affected by war, poverty, disease, injustice and natural disaster. The Archbishop’s Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) was established.
Today, the Overseas Relief and Aid Fund is known as Overseas Development and seeks to raise awareness and resources in order to equip and empower communities in the developing world.
Overseas Development works in partnership with Christian agencies in India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Projects assist with a range of health, education, agricultural and capacity building initiatives.
This fund doesn’t support any activities that have religious, welfare or partisan political objectives. It has tax-deductible status and is a registered charity. Overseas Development is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct.
It’s accredited as a Base agency with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid). It wholeheartedly supports the Micah Challenge and the halving of the world poverty by 2015.
“We try to see that faith and works go together.” So says Archbishop Peter Jensen. In proof of this core belief, the Overseas Ministry Fund was founded in 2001. It exists to help ministries in the developing world by providing financial support for bible and leadership training.
Through Overseas Ministry, Anglican Aid is able to partner with Christian brothers and sisters in places such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Through this important ministry, the next generation of gospel workers will enable the grace of Jesus Christ to be revealed to more and more people in the developing world. Overseas Ministry is not tax-deductible and is a registered charity.
Leadership and Management
The director of Anglican Aid is Rev David Mansfield. He was appointed to the role in May 2009. The dedicated staff are:
Eddie Ozols – Office and Africa Project Manager
Virginia Lee - Donor Relations Officer
The Management Committee comprises men and women with long seasons of experience in Christian ministry, international mission and business. They include
Rt Rev PJ Tasker (Chair) ThL,
Mrs Wendy Toulmin
Mr David Dennis
Rev Rob Stewart
Dr Keith Walker
Mr Ross Hall
Dr Philip Selden
Dr James Langridge FAICD
Providing feedback or making a complaint
Anglican Aid invites feedback from our supporters, and others interested in international development issues. Supporters are also invited to provide feedback or raise any issues about the Overseas Ministry Fund or Community Care Fund. Feedback and responding to complaints are important ways for Anglican Aid to improve our performance and accountablility to supporters and the public.
If you have any queries about our work or would like to make a complaint, please feel free to phone, write or email us. Complaints can also be made in person, and our Complaints Policy can be downloaded for further information.
Anglican Aid's Director will ensure any feedback or complaints are acknowledged and either resolved or referred for review of policy or practice.
Anglican Aid's contact details are as follows:
Freecall number: 1800 653 903
Email : email@example.com
Address: Level 2, St Andrew's House, 464 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
ABN: 59 792 865 372 (ODF) 94 609 182 072 (OMF) 28 525 237 517 (CCF)
Frequently Asked Questions
Are donations tax-deductible?
Can I give a monthly gift?
Yes, this is really helpful to us as we can plan our budgets earlier.
Can I leave a donation to Anglican Aid in my will?
Yes, this is great way to leave a lasting gift of grace.
For more information download our brochure, call 1800 653 903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How are project partners monitored?
Our Project Managers liaise directly with our in-country project partners. Project visits take place regularly. Project partners are required to submit regular reports. External expert advice is also sought on project assessments and project evaluations.
Why can’t Community Care fund activities related to Bible Studies and sharing the gospel?
Community Care has a tax-deductible status, and therefore the Australian Tax Office places restrictions on what these funds can be used for. These restrictions mean funds cannot be used for religious or political activities.
Can an Anglican Aid representative come and speak at my church or community group about the work of Anglican Aid?
Yes, of course. We love sharing about the work of Anglican Aid and would be pleased to meet with you and your friends. Please call us on 1800 653 903 or email email@example.com
I would like to hold a fundraising event for Anglican Aid. What next?
Get in touch with us and we would be happy to provide you with resources and information to help make your event a success.
Director of Anglican Aid, David Mansfield, reflects on ways we can let grace flow.
Since 1990, aid has helped to reduce extreme poverty, including almost halving the number of children around the world who die before their fifth birthday – 14,000 fewer children dying every single day.
Let's help make poverty history by giving our fair share of aid – just 70 cents in every $100 of Australia’s national income by 2020.
As a step towards contributing our fair share, by 2016 we’re asking our political leaders to fulfill their bipartisan promise to give 50 cents in every $100 to tackle global poverty
Download the 2012 Annual Report