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Options for Giving

options for giving

Mission Focus Funds (established by the Foundation’s Board )

  • Environmental/Green Fund – intended to support the church in its efforts “to live with respect in Creation”;
  • Faith & Mission Fund – provides seed money to help congregations meet the challenges their face in living out their mission and faith and engaging their constituents and communities;
  • Leadership Fund – Funds programs and projects that support and sustain leaders of The United Church of Canada, lay and ordered, spiritual and temporal;
  • Living Spirit Fund – meant to foster innovation and unique work in the church;
  • Mission & Service Endowment Fund – Annual grants support the Mission & Service of the church;
  • New Ministries Fund – provides funding for new and innovative ways of being church;
  • Peace & Justice Fund – focuses on peace, social justice and environmental issues;
  • Theological Education Fund – provide grants to projects that support the theological studies at the theological schools and educational centres of The United Church of Canada.

Donor Created Funds

The Archives Endowment Fund
Provides annual grants to support the preservation of our shared history

Mii-gi-we-Zha-way-nim-Manitoo
Mii-gi-we-Zha-way-nim-Manitoo means Kind Spirit that Gives Unconditionally. Grants from the Fund will be shared between: Anishnawbe Health Foundation (80% of grants), and The United Church of Canada’s Healing Fund (20% of grants). The Healing Fund offers financial support to grassroots projects that focus on healing, language learning, and cultural restoration. Anishnawbe Health Foundation is an Indigenous-led accredited Community Health Centre is the model for Indigenous Community Health Centres across the province.

Dorothy Jenkins Fund
The Dorothy Jenkins Fund promotes community development strategies, healing models toward truth and reconciliation, healing the spirit, building right relations, and continuing education for ministry personnel.


Victor Blatherwick
Created through a bequest, the Victor Blatherwick Memorial Bursary Fund is a yearly scholarship that is available to a member of The United Church of Canada who is enrolled in full- or part-time studies leading to an academic doctorate suitable for teaching in a United Church theological college. Priority will be given to a student demonstrating both financial need and academic excellence, and preference will be given to visible minority or aboriginal students. The scholarship may be awarded for multiple years to support the studies of selected candidates.

W. Norman MacLeod Scholarship
The W. Norman McLeod Trust Fund was established in 1972. The Fund represents accumulated donations of cash, securities and investments donated from time to time by Mr. William Norman McLeod, with the intent to constitute a trust fund for the promotion, advancement and encouragement of theological education. The scholarship made available out of the income from the trust fund is known as “The W. Norman McLeod Scholarship.”

The Scholarship is available to ordered ministers in the United Church of Canada for post-graduate study. Applicants in a master’s (not M. Div.) or doctoral program may re-apply for two additional years.

The Endowment Fund for Indigenous Post-Secondary Education
The Endowment Fund for Indigenous Post-Secondary Education was established by donors from Peterborough, Ontario in March 2010 to help support Indigenous youth seeking to enter or continue post-secondary education. The Endowment Fund is a yearly scholarship that is available to Indigenous youth (18‒29 years old) enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. Our priority is for students demonstrating both financial need and academic excellence. The scholarship may be awarded for multiple years to support the studies of selected candidates.


Watkins Fund & Ann Baker Estate Trust for Innovative Ministries with Senior Adults
The Watkins Fund for Senior Adults is a bequest to The United Church of Canada from Reginald W. Watkins for the purpose of work with senior adults. The Ann Baker Estate Trust is a bequest to the United Church of Canada from Ann Baker for the purpose of work with seniors and seniors’ homes.
Grants from the fund are available to United Church pastoral charges, United Church outreach ministries and United Church corporations to support innovative initiatives in seniors’ ministry.

Watkins Fund/ Wesley C. Smith Fund for Innovative Programs and Projects in Addressing Poverty and Children at Risk
The Watkins Fund/Wesley C. Smith Fund is comprised of a bequest to a bequest to The United Church of Canada from the estate Reginald W. Watkins for the purpose of work with the economically disadvantaged populations and a bequest to The United Church of Canada from the estate of Wesley C. Smith for work with at-risk children.

Grants from the fund are available to United Church pastoral charges, United Church outreach ministries and United Church corporations to support innovative ministry with the poor or with children at risk.

Good Samaritan Fund
The Good Samaritan Fund was established by The Good Samaritan Foundation Board of Directors, Montreal Presbytery and the United Church of Canada to carry on the good work of the Griffith McConnell Residence which served the seniors of Montreal for many years.

This Fund focuses on granting to programs that work with seniors at risk (with special attention paid to those within the Montreal Presbytery’s jurisdiction) which will both benefit most from these funds and remain consistent with the original intent of the mission of The United Church Montreal Homes for Elderly People Griffith-McConnell.


The Barbara Elliott Trust Fund for Innovative Ministry
The Barbara Elliott Trust Fund for Innovative Ministry supports innovative and/or non–traditional ministries that find it difficult to secure regular funding. It was established in memory of Diaconal Minister, Barb Elliott.

The Kaufman Renewal and Emergency Fund
The Kaufman Renewal and Emergency Fund is to help with the cost of retreat, reflection, renewal and rest experiences and to make possible a grant or loan for people who are in an emergency situation. United Church Diaconal Ministers and graduates of the Centre for Christian Studies (and its forerunners) are eligible to apply. It was established to memorialize the Emman Kaufman’s lifelong commitment to deaconesses and to the Training School/Covenant College/ Centre for Christian Studies.