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About : Our Vision & Mission

Anglican Aid is

the overseas aid, development, and ministry support agency of Sydney Anglicans in partnership with the global church.

Our Vision

To see the grace of God overflowing to a world in need.

Our Mission

To strengthen churches and help transform communities by sharing resources and building relationships between Australian Christians and overseas partners in need.

Our Values

Our values are informed by reformed, evangelical faith and sound development principles.

Grace
Integrity
Compassion
Gospel partnerships
Community participation
Sustainable transformation

Our History

 

1934 – In response to the hardships of the Great Depression in Sydney, Archbishop Howard Mowll founded the Archbishop of Sydney’s Winter Appeal. This fund, later re-named to the Archbishop’s Community Care Fund, focused on those people in need within and around the Sydney Diocese.

 

1971Archbishop Sir Marcus Loane established the Archbishop’s Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) to reach beyond the Sydney Diocese into the developing world, to care for those affected by war, poverty, disease, injustice and natural disaster.

 

2001Archbishop Harry Goodhew created the Archbishop’s Overseas Ministry Fund, to help ministries in the developing world by providing financial support for Bible and leadership training.

 

2010Archbishop Peter Jensen renamed and restructured the Archbishop’s Appeals Unit, which managed the three funds, and created the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid.

 

2022 – Community Care projects transition to Anglicare, who are experts at caring for Australian communities. This allows Anglican Aid to focus on overseas development and overseas ministry work.

 

Today, Anglican Aid manages three funds which reflect our rich history: Overseas Development (ORAF), Overseas Ministry, and Anglican Aid which provides emergency relief.

How we work 

Local partners 

Anglican Aid often works with low capacity partners, supporting small projects that the local community has identified as necessary and urgent. 

 

Local Christians 

Anglican Aid works with local Christian churches and organisations, often within the GAFCON or Global South Anglican networks, and where we have a personal, trusted connection. This reduces the overhead costs of establishing local delivery agencies, as faithful churches exist in most areas where our projects are located. 

 

A registered charity 

Anglican Aid is a charity, registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). 

Anglican Aid is also the trustee of two funds: The Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) and The Overseas Ministry Fund (OMF).

The Overseas Relief and Aid Fund

The Overseas Relief and Aid Fund (ORAF) supports longer term development projects which meet the Developing Country Relief Fund criteria. These projects assist in empowering and building the capacity of local communities to create sustainable change. ORAF is a registered charity with the ACNC. 

The Overseas Ministry Fund

The Overseas Ministry Fund (OMF) supports ministries in places where strong Bible training is limited and under-resourced, by providing financial support for training church leaders. Through this fund, we are equipping Christian leaders to strengthen churches. 

As a Basic Religious Charity, registered with the ACNC, donations to the Overseas Ministry Fund are not tax-deductible. 

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