By tradition Old Saint Paul’s members contribute a percentage of the Church’s net income to charitable organisations. The group meets regularly to discuss nominations and to ensure that people are aware of opportunities to make nominations.
We’ve given to a range of different organisations, all with an emphasis on fairly small amounts of money making a substantive difference. The causes we’ve supported include helping homeless people to establish themselves in a place of their own; providing a centre for those suffering from addiction and their families on Benbecula with a member of staff; getting some special needs children off to enjoy an entertainment or two and running a chilled van for a year so as to distribute donated food to hostels.
If you would like to find out more about nominating a cause for the Tithing Group’s consideration, please download a copy of the Guidelines for Funding Proposals document from Downloads.
The group also administers the Overseas Giving Fund, a £100,000 bequest from Bert Fortune, a teacher and long-standing member of the Church. The Overseas Fund focuses on community development, education and learning, peace and reconciliation. It supports children, young people and families and some of those affected by AIDS, all within a broad Christian understanding of responding to human need. Sustainability has been an essential feature of our support - donating small sums of money that will make a lasting difference. Ongoing funding has been donated to two main initiatives and one-off support given to several smaller projects: