Working Together for Lasting Change

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Episcopal Relief & Development is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Hearing God's call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, Episcopal Relief & Development serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world. Episcopal Relief & Development faithfully administers the funds that are received from the Church and raised from other sources. It provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the causes of suffering. For the full statement, please visit our website:

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Principal Officer

Dr. Robert W. Radtke

Main address

815 Second Ave

New York, NY 10017 USA

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NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For 80 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Every woman should live a life free from violence and be treated with dignity and respect. There are often barriers to a woman’s growth and development, particularly the ongoing violence against women that takes place in many parts of the world. Our work with Women focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive. Our work to empower and promote the rights of women and children focuses on four key areas:

Promoting Gender Equality,
Creating Economic Stability,
Cultivating Women Leaders,
Ending Violence Against Women.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Our Climate-related work focuses on how families and communities can work together to adapt to the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns. This work includes preparing for and recovering from climate-influenced events such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our work with Children supports and protects kids under age six so they reach appropriate health and developmental milestones. This focus on early development is foundational and critical to helping children achieve their full potential as future contributing members of their communities.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Communities transition from adversity to advantage with support from Episcopal Relief & Development’s partners who work with local churches and ecumenical partners to provide life-saving assistance such as food, water, shelter and medicine; support social and economic rehabilitation through small business development and income-generating opportunities; assist impacted communities in conducting needs assessments and creating long-term recovery plans; remain with communities and support the reconstruction of homes, schools, clinics and other civic structures; offer trauma counseling and psychosocial services for survivors; and assist Episcopal dioceses in the United States as they develop disaster preparedness plans.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work


Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2020

Charity Navigator 2020

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2020

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2020

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Episcopal Relief & Development works in collaboration with church partners and other local organizations to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities that are struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. We also work around the world and here in the US responding to and rebuilding after disasters.

Our programs impact the lives of over 2 million people annually. We respect the dignity of all people and view them as our neighbors, working alongside participants regardless of religious affiliation or background.

Through our Asset-Based Community Development methodology, we work with communities to recognize their existing skills, gifts and resources. Instead of imposing “one-size-fits-all” solutions, we support unique, local long-term initiatives that address the effects of hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Thus, we empower and work alongside local leaders and residents who are best equipped to identify and address the most pressing needs.

Our programs incorporate several activities to help drive change and support our three priorities: women, children and climate. These strategies include: empowering communities to create and maintain clean and safe sources of water; enabling families to prevent malaria through education and the use of mosquito nets; helping farmers improve food production and increase their income through sustainable agricultural practices; providing expectant mothers and their children access to life-saving care and education; enabling communities to access adequate sanitation systems and protect against disease; supporting entrepreneurs in establishing thriving businesses through savings with education programs and access to microfinance; equipping local churches to better prepare for and respond to emergencies; strengthening faith networks to promote gender equality and end violence against women and children.

We work primarily through the agents and agencies of the Anglican Church worldwide: using several key technical methodologies: community participation through asset recognition and reinforcement practices; mainstreaming and integrating gender empowerment with a particular focus on combatting gender-based violence in communities; enhancing access to financial services through group savings training and lending methodologies, leveraging access to internal capital for revolving loans; developing and promoting climate-smart agricultural practices for enhanced yield and more resilient rural livelihoods; reducing incidents of malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia through preventive activities including distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs), and enhancing access to curative services; promoting hazard mapping and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction throughout the communities where we work.

4,720 farmers trained in climate-smart agriculture
1,909,491 trees planted to improve soil and prevent erosion
16,763 children younger than five received responsive care and stimulation to support healthy development
26,164 members of 1,648 savings groups saved a total of $1,539,086
491 communities were protected through disaster risk-reduction activities
608 leaders were trained to speak out against gender-based violence
5,527 households gained access to sanitary latrines
1,513,980 people received information about preventing malaria
4,192 volunteers were trained to educate communities about malaria and install mosquito nets
95 new wells and water systems were installed or repaired for access to clean water

Source: 2018 Annual Report -

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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Board of directors
as of 10/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Teri Lawver

N. Kurt Barnes

Ex Officio

Robert W. Radtke

Ex Officio

Geoffrey T Smith

Ex Officio

Michael B. Curry


Sophie Hollingsworth

Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

John A. MacKinnon

Episcopal Diocese of New York

Laura Ellen Muglia

Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine

Episcopal Diocese of Virgin Islands

Shirley Stover Allen

Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Robert McCouch

Episcopal Diocese of New York

Steven D. Paulikas

Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

Mike Carscaddon

Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Miguel Escobar

Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

Mary Gray-Reeves

Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina

Kenneth Jones

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

Karen Longenecker

Episcopal Diocese of Rio Grande

David M. Martin, Jr.

Episcopal Diocese of Iowa

Matt Silva

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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