Development, Planned Giving, & Stewardship

Stewarding our Time, Talent, and Treasure is how we enable ministry, serve our neighbors, and grow our churches. The Episcopal Church in the Bay Area Development Working Group collaborates with our congregations, institutions, and lay and clergy leaders to raise congregational annual funds, grow legacy societies, plan and implement capital campaigns, and support diocesan ministry.

Funding outreach, growing mission, cultivating generous donors

Stewardship strategy and consulting

Good stewardship practices are at the heart of every congregation and institution. The Development Working Group can help your congregation learn best practices for annual campaigns and develop resources for year-round stewardship formation. When we can make the connection between our gratitude and our generosity we have found the intersection of impact in our congregations. Learn more about our webinars, teaching and preaching, and our direct consultations, and together we will deepen our theology of abundance.

Capital Campaigns

Church growth and development experts suggest that a healthy congregation should undergo a capital campaign every seven to ten years. While that may seem often to many, there is wisdom in this idea. Capital campaigns have many inward and outward benefits to a congregation.

Learn more about how we can help you plan, implement, and execute a successful capital campaign to address issues in your building and grounds, grow or expand endowments, and implement visionary programs for ministry in your congregation.

Disaster Relief Fundraising

Helping those who have been ravaged by any number of disasters is important and dear to the hearts of those of us here in the Episcopal Diocese of California. It is a way to care for people the Lord has placed on this world with us and indeed it is much needed!

Planned Giving

Legacy giving is an integral part of Christian stewardship. What we do with all that God has placed into our hands includes how we arrange for its distribution when we face our final transition.

Learn more about how the Development Working Group can help you to set up or grow your legacy society or planned giving program, teach and preach about legacy giving, and set up informational coffee-hours or workshops in your congregation.

Expanding Horizons

From 2015 to 2019, more than twenty congregations, nearly a thousand individual donors, and three diocesan institutions came together to raise more than $20,000,000 to benefit congregations, diocesan programs, and diocesan institutions. Learn more about this historic effort.

Support for College Chaplaincies

The Diocesan budget, visionary congregations, and generous donors support the Episcopal presence on three Bay Area college campuses.

  • Canterbury at the University of California, Berkeley
  • The Stanford Chaplaincy at Stanford University
  • EcHouse at San Francisco State University

Learn how you can support these ministries with your donations.

Diocesan Non-Profits

Did you know….

  • The Episcopal Diocese of California is home to 80 congregations and specialized missions?
  • DioCal has many officially chartered non-profits covering the Bay Area in a range of services?
  • Together, our congregations and institutions serve more than 200,000 individuals across the Bay Area every year, providing hope, healing, support, and community. 

This year, in addition to your home congregation, please consider one of these worthy Episcopal causes for your giving:

Bayview Mission

To learn more about this neighborhood organization and the life-changing work they do in San Francisco’s Bayview community, please visit

Braid Mission

Your donations help Braid Mission build community around youth who have been in foster care through mentoring, Cards of Hope, and support for youth, caregivers, and social workers.

Clausen House

As the oldest multi-programmatic agency that provides life-changing services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Alameda County, Clausen House has overcome many obstacles this year to continue to deliver innovative and necessary programming to the population that we serve. With our humble beginnings founded in the Episcopal Church, we hope that you consider supporting our agency this holiday season so that we may continue our mission to be a voice for the voiceless in a time where help is needed most. To make a gift, please visit

College Chaplaincies (SF State, Cal, and Stanford)

Often the only organizations with progressive Christian voices on Bay Area collect campuses are found in our chaplaincies. Please make a gift this year to support Episcopal students in our local universities, ensuring that they can find a caring community, service opportunities, and support during their education.  To make a gift, please visit

Community of St. Francis

The Community of St. Francis is an international community of women belonging to the Anglican Communion who seek to live the Gospel life fervently in the Church and the world, after the example of St. Francis of Assisi. To make your gift, please visit

Episcopal Impact Fund

Episcopal Impact Fund and our 90+ grantee partners served more than 90,000 people in 2020 – rising to the challenge as the worst of the pandemic hit with more money, services and support. For more than 40 years, your commitment – to put your Episcopal beliefs in action – has made a measurable difference in the Bay Area. Make an impact by donating today to light the way for your neighbors:

Thanks to you, Episcopal Impact Fund is BELIEF IN ACTION for the Bay Area.

Episcopal Community Services

Episcopal Community Services is one of San Francisco’s most impactful providers of services for people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty.  Your contribution will enable us to provide essential services, including supportive housing, shelter, and meal programs to over 13,000 of our most vulnerable neighbors per year.  Please consider a year-end gift to ECS at

Episcopal Resource Center

The Dioceses of California and El Camino Real in association with Saint Thomas Gardner Memorial Library are pleased to provide our parish and mission communities with an expansive library and resource center to support individual & group ministries, programs, education and spiritual growth. To make your gift, please visit:

School for Deacons

The mission of the School for Deacons is to provide an affordable, innovative program for the education and formation of deacons who will be proficient in bringing the needs, hopes, and concerns of the world to the Church and in showing the Church how to serve the world. To make a gift, please visit

Society of St. Francis, San Damiano Friary

We are vowed Franciscan Brothers in the Episcopal Church, and part of a worldwide Anglican Franciscan community.  We live together in community after the pattern of many Franciscans before us, and under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  Our way of life is over 800 years old, but our vision is fresh and new.  As Franciscans, we live a blended life of contemplation and active service to the most vulnerable in our communities.  Learn more about the Franciscan way of life, our history as an order, the distinctives of being a vowed religious in the Episcopal tradition, and the principles and projects that motivate us.  To make your gift, please visit:

Good Samaritan Family Resource Center

Immigrants, parents, children, teens, and educators count on us every day to provide bilingual emergency services and a continuum of support. We’re on a mission to improve lives in unequal San Francisco. To make your gift today, please visit

The Bishop’s Ranch

Your year-end gift to The Bishop’s Ranch allows us to continue our work until we can once again offer our welcoming hospitality. A gift of any size is a blessing and will be received with deep gratitude. Donate online at

Sojourn Chaplaincy at SF General Hospital

Since 1982 Sojourn has practiced the mission described in its name: “to stay with for a time.” We offer compassion and understanding to patients and their loved ones as well as to the staff at SFGH. Our vision: Comprehensive spiritual and emotional support for everyone who needs it.

To make a gift, please visit

St. Dorothy’s Rest

As 2022 comes to a close we are looking forward to the New Year with hope. Hope that we will be able to gather together in person, hope that we will be able to circle together and sing the St. Dorothy’s Ritual, hope that each of you will stay healthy and well in body, mind and spirit. Please consider contributing to the ongoing mission of St. Dorothy’s Rest so that we can continue to welcome groups, individuals, and campers to this place for healing, retreat, and recreation for years to come. In hope, faith, love, and luck!  To make your gift, please visit:

Ohlhoff Recovery Programs

For over 60 years, Ohlhoff Recovery Programs has been at the forefront of addiction treatment in Northern California. Our campus, located near the iconic Alamo Square, offers a full continuum of care — from non-medical detox services to short and long-term residential, and intensive outpatient programming.  To make a gift, please visit: