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2018 Annual Report
The Legacy Gift Committee completed our third year of grantmaking in this multi-year experiment in watering our Quaker garden. We awarded a total of $125,510 in grants from the NEYM Future Fund and made our first grants from the NEYM Witness and Ministry Fund totaling $28,890.
This year’s grants supported the year-long Nurturing Worship, Faith, and Faithfulness program, the creation of new Quaker adult religious educational materials, digital outreach and ministry, and Friends’ continued witness against climate change and against racism and white supremacy.
New ministry projects include releasing Friends for leadership in the Maine Poor People’s Campaign, the Quaker Dinner Church in Boston, outreach and inclusion for Quaker Voluntary Service, hiring a new program manager for Beacon Hill Friends House, and the use of visual art to explore our Quaker Faith and Practice.
We also supported a number of energy and infrastructure projects including refurbishing South Starksboro’s antique woodstove, more efficient windows for Framingham Meeting, and accessibility at Providence Meeting. For a full list of this year’s grants please visit neym.org/legacy-gift.
Part of our charge from the Yearly Meeting is to do a annual workshop exploring Quaker testimonies and values. On June 2 we led an inspiring and engaging workshop on “Supporting Ministry and Ministers” that was attended by more than 30 Friends from New England, New York, and Philadelphia yearly meetings. Thanks to the digital gifts of Kathleen Wooten, we were able to live-stream and record the morning program for further use. You can view the workshop on the NEYM Youtube channel or at neym.org.
We are committed to meeting in person with our applicants as part of the Legacy application process. This year we experimented by inviting a guest reviewer to join us for the spring cycle. This experiment increased our capacity, as well as giving a Friend an opportunity to participate in the grantmaking process without making a longer commitment to serve on the committee.
In 2017, in recognition of these challenging times, the Legacy Gift Committee made a $25,000 grant to revitalize the NEYM Fund for Sufferings. The Permanent Board then created a process for responding to requests for disbursements from the Fund. At its May 2018 meeting, Permanent Board approved our Committee’s further recommendation that the Fund be made available to meetings as well as individual Friends. The Fund for Sufferings is there to assist us if there are financial consequences to our witness for peace and social justice.
In 2018–2019 we will have two deadlines for the Future Fund, October 1 and March 1; and one deadline of March 1 for the Witness and Ministry Fund. Guidelines and application forms are available at neym.org/legacy-gift.
The seeds we have sown together are bearing fruit across NEYM and beyond. The Legacy Funds are indeed a catalyst for new growth in our Quaker movement and we are honored to do this work on behalf of the Yearly Meeting.
—Suzanna Schell & Jean McCandless, co‑clerks