We support the outreach work
of 76 churches in the
Diocese of Southeast Florida
with resources to create
thriving and spiritually strong communities
Following Christ’s example and the tradition of The Episcopal Church, we partner with Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Southeast Florida by providing funding, leadership, and resources to enable Episcopalians to lift up people facing poverty and oppression and to achieve significant, long-lasting change in our communities.
We partner with and empower the people of our Diocese in answering God's call to respond to human needs.
The vision of Episcopal Charities is to partner with every congregation in building a culture of philanthropy and launching 100 new outreach ministries. These ministries serve disadvantaged youth and their families, elderly and homeless persons, regardless of their religious affiliation.
We value equally Christ-centered compassion, faithful stewardship, justice, service, and community.
Founded in 1998 as the Southeast Florida Episcopal Foundation by Bishop Leo Frade, Episcopal Charities' primary role was to function as the planned giving arm of the Diocese.
In 2000, a $2.9 million bequest was left to the foundation by Blair and Agnes Smith, long-time members of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Pompano Beach. The bequest was to be used to support feeding, clothing, shelter and healthcare needs of youth and elderly persons.Founded in 1998 as the Southeast Florida Episcopal Foundation by Bishop Leo Frade, its primary role was to function as the planned giving arm of the Diocese.
As a result of its expanded philanthropic role, in 2006 the Foundation's name was changed to Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida. In 2007, the Diocesan Human Needs Fund was moved to Episcopal Charities to be administered with the Smith Fund by an appointed group of parishioners and clergy who form the Matthew 25 Committee. The combined Smith Charity Fund and Diocesan Human Needs Fund is now known as the Basic Human Needs Fund. To date, over $3.5 million has been granted to parish-sponsored outreach programs through these funding sources.
With its expanded role, Episcopal Charities contributes to disaster relief efforts through its Disaster Relief Fund and supports the Bishop's mission outreach throughout the United States and world.