Principles

 

At Anglican Aid we believe that the Bible is the Word of God. As such we seek to let it inform the operation of all three funds that constitute Anglican Aid; Overseas Development Fund (ODF), Overseas Ministry Fund (OMF), and Community Care Fund (CCF).

The biblical scriptures attest to an overarching story encompassing all of human history:

“It starts with the creation of mankind in perfect relationship to God, continues with humanity’s fall into sin, proceeds with God’s plan of redemption for sinful people, and ends up at the glorious consummation (that is, the completion, the culmination, the perfection) of God’s reign over his redeemed people.”[1]

Human beings were created in ‘the image of God’ - a picture of man’s responsibility to steward creation according to God’s desires - to enjoy creation and to love God. However, human beings sinned and rejected God and his loving rule, which resulted in a broken world marred by poverty, corruption, oppression, natural disasters and injustice. God in his love does not abandon his work but sets out to reconcile all things to himself ultimately through Jesus’ death and resurrection (Col 1:20).The final picture, yet to be realised, of God’s reign is one of wholeness; his people experience a just, peaceful, and delightful world free from pain, poverty and injustice (Isa 65:1-25, Rev 21:1-4), and are spiritually reconciled to God; free to know him, be known by him and worship him (Jer 31:33-34, 2 Pet 3:13).

This understanding of the world gives rise to the following principles that inform our work at Anglican Aid;

  • People are both physical beings who live in the world and in community, as well as spiritual beings who can be in relationship with God. A Biblical perspective of caring for the whole person includes both of these aspects
  • All human beings are created in the image of God, regardless of race, religious beliefs or political beliefs.
  • It is the responsibility of the Church globally to testify to God’s redeeming work in Jesus Christ and call people to trust in him as Saviour and equip them to live a life of obedience to him. This is the unique role of the Church. This is the basis for work of OMF providing theological training of clergy and lay people within developing countries.
  • It is also a responsibility of God’s people to love others who are vulnerable and needy, and work against injustice. This however is not a unique role of the church but is accomplished by a wide range of actors, and yet the churches and para-church organisations do have unique value that can complement other development efforts. This is the basis for work supported through the Overseas Development Fund and Community Care Fund.
  • These two responsibilities are not halves of the same whole, each has its own importance, independent of the other.
  • In working with Christian partners we recognise the inevitability that faith will be shared across relationships built through the wider program of a Christian organisations work. We rejoice at and welcome this impact.
  • Government is an institution upheld by God and therefore it is important that we seek to honour it and uphold its authority accordingly, including abiding by relevant tax laws.

 

Policy Statement

 

Anglican Aid 

The object of Anglican Aid is to further the work of the Anglican Church of Australia within the Diocese of Sydney by proclaiming the love of God as shown in Christ in promoting and conducting activities of a social welfare, pastoral and charitable nature, to be executed by charitable and humanitarian work for the relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune and helplessness. There is no discrimination of beneficiaries based on religion. Anglican Aid is a PBI and in addition is the trustee for two other funds noted below.

Anglican Aid supports five programs. The Community Care Fund provides grants to Anglican parishes and organisations in Sydney and beyond to undertake community activities to reach marginalised and vulnerable people. The activities include but are not restricted to Refugee and New settler Support, Ministry to Indigenous Australians, Community Chaplaincy, ,Vulnerable Children and Young People and Sydney's Homeless and Vulnerable.  Following changes to the law in 2015, Anglican Aid now supports aid and relief, welfare and benevolent activities overseas. These activities do not meet the criteria of the Overseas Development Fund. As a Public Benevolent Institution in some situations immediate needs may be met alongside with any community development activities. 

 

Overseas Development Fund (ODF)

ODF provides development assistance on a non-discriminatory basis. There must be no discrimination of beneficiaries based on religious or political beliefs. There are no strings attached to any aid delivered by in-country partners and aid can never be used to coerce individuals to participate in religious activities.

Although ODF is mandated to partner only with Church or Christian agencies, no missionary or evangelistic activities will be supported by funds provided by Anglican Aid’s ODF. However, this does not preclude development activities, in line with DFAT ANCP guidelines, that use a biblically-informed worldview to equip Christians with the necessary tools to improve the physical and social well-being of those living in poverty. There will be no discrimination of beneficiaries based on religion.

ODF does not fund political activities. ODF funds will not be used to build up political parties and membership of a political party is never to be set as a condition of receiving development or emergency assistance.

ODF always favours a development approach as opposed to a welfare approach in activities funded However, ODF realises that some situations require immediate needs to be met alongside with any development activities. Consequently, ODF may occasionally use non-government funds to support activities that contain objectives which can be technically defined as welfare.

All ODF Projects will have an Activity Agreement signed by in-country partners, which references and reflects this policy.

 

Overseas Ministry Fund (OMF)

OMF provides assistance specifically to support evangelistic activities of any description deemed appropriate and consistent with the aims of the Diocese of Sydney.

OMF funds are not to be used for political activities or to build up political parties.

 

 

[1] DeYoung, K., & Gilbert, G. (2011). What is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, p. 69.