Holy Trinity has made a commitment to donate a tithe (10% of the parish's ordinary income which includes offertory, pledges and holiday giving) to various social service, advocacy, educational, and Jesuit-related organizations that serve the poor and vulnerable. Grants are awarded each spring after parishioners on the social justice committee review proposals and make recommendations to the pastor.
Holy Trinity’s tithe program seeks to address the root causes of poverty. The committee is also guided by the Apostolic Preferences: Showing the Way to God; Walking with the Excluded; Journeying with Youth; and Care for Our Common Home. In addition to the large grant theme, the committee awards small grants (less than $20,000) to organizations addressing environmental justice, racial justice, refugees/migration, returning citizens, homelessness, and education. We determine awardees in collaboration with members of the parish through prayer and discernment. This concrete and ongoing commitment to social justice is a priority among Holy Trinity parishioners and its careful and transparent distribution is an important responsibility of the Social Justice Committee.
The Tithe Committee receives more than 60 requests exceeding $1.5M. Selecting grant recipients from an outstanding and varied group proves a challenging task , and committee members spent several months in discussion and discernment. The final awards for the 2023/24 year are identified below. We are excited to partner with 11 new organizations this year. All grant recipients are required to provide regular reporting on the grant. As always, thank you to our parishioners for your financial support.
The large grant focus for 2024 will be identified in November 2023. Requests for proposals are usually posted the first week of January. The deadline for applicants for both the large and small tithe grants will be March 3, 2024.