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COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer,
contribute to the needs of the saints.
  (Romans 12:12-13)

The current pandemic crisis presents a crucial moment to reveal the strength of our commitment to one another, our faith and resilience as a Christian community.  The Diocese of Massachusetts has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help our congregations meet urgent, emerging needs and to provide subsistence relief through congregational and ecumenical ministries. 

With deep gratitude for all the ways that individuals and congregations are responding to COVID-19, Bishop Alan M. Gates urges everyone to continue to financially support their local congregations and to give generously to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund:  “Our diocesan support to the neediest among us is crucial.  Each of us, individually and communally, faces challenge and sacrifice in this crisis. For some, this hardship is potentially devastating.  It is in those places especially that we must care for one another.  We have affirmed repeatedly that we are stronger together than we are separately.  Now may we manifest that strength!”​ 

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Diocesan Annual Fund

Your generous, joyful giving to the Diocesan Annual Fund is essential to the success of vital, strategic ministries through which Episcopalians in eastern Massachusetts are innovating with God. Learn more.

Stewardship Resources

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)

The Diocese of Massachusetts is a member of TENS, which allows all of our congregations to access the full array of TENS online resources.  Contact the Office of Development for username and password.

Planned Giving

The planned giving ministry of the Diocese of Massachusetts seeks to:

  • Help individuals who wish to make a bequest or deferred gift to benefit their local parish, the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts or the Episcopal Church
  • Assist congregations interested in developing programs to promote stewardship through bequests and deferred giving

For individuals

Did you know that you can make a gift to the church and receive income and enjoy tax benefits? By making a bequest or a life income gift, individuals can support the work of their parish, diocese or denomination while providing for the needs of loved ones.


Perhaps the simplest form of planned gift, a bequest is a provision of one’s will whereby something is left upon that person’s death to another individual or organization. Any asset may be given by bequest – securities, cash, real estate, artwork.

Life income gift

Life income, or planned, gifts, often involve assets accumulated over a life-time and are often capital gifts; they can provide income to the donor during her/his lifetime and include annuities, pooled income funds, retained life estates, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and life insurance.

For congregations

Developing a viable planned giving ministry requires not only strong and committed lay and ordained leadership, but also the broader perspective of people involved in outreach and pastoral care ministries to ensure that the planned giving effort is truly a ministry.

Success depends on preparation: the parish leadership must be ready to discuss sensitive topics and they must develop an endowment policy which specifies the types of gifts the parish will accept and under what conditions, as well as a management plan for the received assets.

Once a planned giving ministry has been launched, parishioners must be educated about stewardship, end-of-life issues and finance through both educational programming and from the pulpit. The importance of committed clergy cannot be overemphasized.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Bliss Austin Spooner, Director of Development, at or 617-482-4826, ext. 515.

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