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Every Sunday morning service there are two collections. The plate is to support the work of this chaplaincy but the bag is for charitable giving. A committee formed from members of the congregation decides how to distribute these funds and welcomes ideas from the entire congregation. Our policy is to support a wide range of charities with special emphasis on local needs or those in which members of the congregation have a personal interest. Several organizations are supported on an annual basis but most are one-off donations. Since we are not in a position to provide large amounts of money we try to support charities where our donation will make a real difference rather than very big organizations.


If you would like to make a contribution to the charitable giving fund the account is IBAN: NL92TRIO0197723861 {in the name of ('t.n.v.') Holy Trinity Church in ('te') Utrecht mentioning, your name (unless you wish to remain anomymous) and if appropriate, a specific cause in the description ('omschrijving')}.


CHARITABLE GIVING - ANNUAL REPORT 2013

In 2012 the congregation has yet again hit a new high in charitable giving. Donations reached€ €21,500.

In the spring we were able to make all our regular donations:
Schiphol Airport Ministry
Stiltecentrum Utrecht
Telephonische Hulp Dienst Utrecht (now known as Sensoor)
CU for International students, Utrecht
OMDUW (Homeless in Utrecht)
During Lent the donations in the blue bags were destined for the Bishop’s Lent Appeal which this year went to support vulnerable children in Ethiopia.
Other good causes that the Charitable Giving Committee chose to support in the developing world were:
Window of Hope foundation Malawi which is working very efficiently to assist the most vulnerable women and children
World student Christian federation
Helpers of Mary, Ethiopia in which Madeleine de Boer, a member of our congregation is involved
Barnabus Fund - Digging wells for Aleppo, Syria
Curacao Anglican chaplaincy with assistance in the purchase of a van
Sudanese gospel church towards a new church in Loa
Kids in Sri Lanka (run by Priya Mobach, a member of our congregation)
Sith Sevana in Sri Lanka
The Healthy Vine Trust - Luweero
Gadra - assisting with advice and community work in South Africa
Braille without borders - both for a school for the blind in Tibet and a training center in India
Kigama school feeding program in Kenya (associated with a former member of our congregation)
ZOA - Sudan (where Simon Manning, from our congregation, is now working)
Colibri - peuterzalen in Peru
BGM - Kerala - Happy Action

Closer to home we chose to assist:
Happietaria (Stichting Happy Gift)
Quality Centre Vluchtelingvrouwen Utrecht
Exodus (providing houses for ex-prisoners Utrecht)
Mission to seafarers - Vlissingen
We are also trying to help Sudanese refugees in Cairo via St Michael and all Angels church in Heliopolis, Egypt where the father of a member of our congregation is priest but banking in that part of the world is proving very problematic.
Grant and Alison Cooney held a concert in aid of Imibala for which we doubled the amount raised.
The Christmas collections were donated to St Noodopvang Dakloze Vluchtelingen Utrecht assisting asylum seekers in Utrecht.
Other special collections have also been held this year to support:
Emergency relief in Syria via Tear fund
Philippines typhoon relief
Poppy Appeal (assisting war veterans)

During Advent we collected for the Bishops Advent Appeal. Bishop Geoffrey’s last choice before retirement was to support the San Mateo Mission and school in Lima
Also, this year the congregation generously donated lots of non-perishable food items to the collection for the Voedselbank, Utrecht
The policy of the Charitable Giving Committee remains, as always, to find well managed causes where the amount of money we can donate (usually €500) can make a significant difference and to that end members of the congregation are always encouraged to suggest good causes for future donations by means of the blue box in the church entrance porch.
Sheila for the Charitable Giving Committee



Charitable Giving - Annual Report 2012

In 2012 the congregation has again hit a new high in charitable giving. Donations reached almost €20,000.
In the spring we were able to make all our regular donations:
Schiphol Airport Ministry
Stiltecentrum Utrecht
Telephonische Hulp Dienst Utrecht
CU for International students, Utrecht
OMDUW (Homeless in Utrecht)
During Lent the donations in the blue bags were destined for the Bishop's Lent Appeal. This year Bishop Geoffrey chose to support the San Andrés Mission in the north of Lima which is in the Diocese of Peru along with the White Nile congregation in Finland.
Other good causes that the Charitable Giving Committee chose to support in the developing world were:
Zonnestraal Oog hospitaal's charity - Stichting Elvde Vestiging - providing a mobile cataract unit in Africa
Kids in Sri Lanka (run by Priya Mobach, a member of our congregation)
Stichting Lepra Zending
MAF Flying Ambulance
The Healthy Vine Trust - Luweero
Gadra - assisting with advice and community work in South Africa
Braille without borders - both for a school for the blind in Tibet and a training center in India
Kigama school feeding program in Kenya (associated with Priscila Rodriguez, once a member of our congregation)
AMREF Flying Doctors
ZOA - Sudan (where Simon Manning is now working)
SOS kinderdorpen
Tamar foundation in Thailand (helping girls forced into prostitution)

Closer to home we chose to assist:
Exodus (providing houses for ex-prisoners Utrecht)
Stichting Vrienden van De Hoop (helping people with addiction problems)
Ronald McDonald Kinderfonds (sponsoring Mark van Rotterdam's long distance cycle ride )
The Christmas collections were donated to Stichting Present who organise various volunteer groups in Utrecht who assist, in a practical way, the needy of our city.
Special collections have also been held this year to support:
Stichting Colibri - providing preschool education in Peru
Poppy Appeal (assisting war veterans)
During Advent we collected for the Bishops Advent Appeal which this year supported Syrian refugees in Turkey and also continued support for the White Nile congregation in Finland.
As we still had considerable funds available near the end of the year we were able to make additional donations to OMDUW, Schiphol Airport Ministry and Stiltecentrum Utrecht
Members of the congregation are always encouraged to suggest good causes for future donations by means of the blue box in the church entrance porch.

Sheila for the Charitable Giving Committee