“Playing With Fire”
by Rev. Andrew Stehlik
1 Kings 17:1+1; 18:1-2+17-24+26-40...Download
The Giving Network selects Presbyterian and non-Presbyterian organizations on the local, national and international levels to receive financial support from Rutgers Presbyterian Church. The Giving Network also has responsibility for inviting members of the Rutgers family to participate in annual Stewardship campaigns. Stewardship is what makes it possible for Rutgers to support these worthy organizations.
The Giving Network was formerly called the Benevolence and Stewardship Committee. It was renamed in 2011 to emphasize that there is collaboration across the Rutgers community in ensuring that gifts are directed effectively. We take input from committees and individuals when considering where to direct financial support. We select organizations that are in alignment with the mission priorities of Rutgers Presbyterian Church; that can benefit highly from our level of contribution; that allocate a significant percentage of dollars raised to programs; and that will not develop a dependency on our funding. Difficult choices must be made as there are so many deserving, well-run organizations.
We are pleased to highlight on this page a few of the outstanding organizations selected by The Giving Network to receive financial support from Rutgers Presbyterian Church in Spring 2012. Check back often as our list will rotate. A full list, with links to websites, can be found here. Many of these organizations have received our financial support in prior years as well. Along with our contribution we send each of them our best wishes for continued success with their important work.
In addition, the Deacons of Rutgers Presbyterian Church have invested $ 45,000 of their reserves with Oikocredit U.S.A., a global cooperative established in 1975 by the World Council of Churches which aggregates investor money from people in the developed world and then re-distributes those investments to creditworthy microfinance institutions in the developing world. The investment earns 2% interest per year, and is combined with funds from other individual and group investors to provide capital to a network of 570 rigorously-selected microfinance partners in 70 countries.
Rutgers also has invested about $ 3,000 in revolving loans through Kiva, a non-profit organization that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty.
Partners like you make our work possible in this especially important time of change, uncertainty and possibility. We are gratful that you continue to be in our community of Member Congregations!— , Presbyterian Welcome
164 West 100th Street, New York, NY 10025
(646) 580-7045 / www.trinityplaceshelter.org
There are as many as 8,000 LGBTQ youth/young adults currently living homeless in New York City, and only 250 beds or fewer that are specifically available for this population. These youth often experience abuse and trauma in other shelters and on the streets. Trinity Place Shelter is a non-sectarian, 10-bed transitional shelter that is open all year to provide LGBTQ youth/young adults with a safe place to sleep, eat, store belongings, have access to transportation, individual/group counseling, and additional independent living supportive services. All youth referred to Trinity Place have been identified as interested in, or are actively seeking, employment or schooling.
2651 Saulino Ct., Dearborn, MI 48120
(313) 843-2844 / www.nnaac.org
The Network’s primary mission is the development of Arab American community-based nonprofit organizations that understand and meet the needs and represent the concerns of Arab Americans at the local level, and collectively address these issues on the national level. NNAAC has three main programs: Organizational Development, Advocacy and Civic Engagement, and Community Service. Established in 2004, NNAAC has 23 members in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
965 Mission Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 644-0509 / www.nesst.org
NESsT is a catalyst for social enterprises in emerging markets and worldwide. NESsT provides financial capital, training and mentoring, and access to markets for a high-impact portfolio of social enterprises in emerging markets. NESsT combines the tools and strategies of business leadership, entrepreneurship and investment with the mission and values of the social sector to enable their portfolio to: better plan, improve management capacity, grow, and increase their social impact. NESsT has ongoing operations in 10 countries across Central Europe and Latin America, and has supported social enterprises in nearly 50 countries around the world.