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Gift Matching Fund on Target to Meet Goal

Friends and supporters of Episcopal Relief & Development have been taking full advantage of the gift matching opportunity recently created by two very generous donors. Excited by the prospect of having each contribution matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000, congregations and individuals have risen to the occasion, donating more than $200,000 with 14 days still to go before the November 30 deadline.

"It has been inspiring to see so many loyal donors participating in this challenge," said Episcopal Relief & Development President Rob Radtke.

As the fund nears its goal of $250,000, it is more important than ever that the organization’s supporters continue to contribute. The gift matching challenge is an opportunity for donors to select the fund of their choice, with the knowledge that their gift will have double the impact. The matching contribution for each donation will be allocated to our Area of Greatest Need fund.

Donors can make a difference in the area that matters most to them by choosing from any of Episcopal Relief & Development’s funds, such as Area of Greatest Need, Disaster Response, NetsforLife®, Hunger, Women’s Development and many others. Purchasing a gift from the Gifts for Life catalog is another way to contribute.

"I am praying that we will meet our goal of $250,000," said Radtke. "I hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of this matching opportunity while it lasts. These generous contributions enable us to continue supporting programs that meet the needs of those living in poverty worldwide."

In order for gifts to be matched, Episcopal Relief & Development must receive them by November 30, 2009. To make a gift, visit http://www.er-d.org/MatchingGiftChallenge/, call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129, or mail a check to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.



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