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October 2017 Executive Director Letter

by Episcopal Impact Fund - on Friday, October 20, 2017
October 2017 Executive Director Letter

Dear Friends,
This summer I received the great gift of a sabbatical from my wonderful job as the Executive Director of Episcopal Impact Fund. After spending time walking a pilgrimage path in Italy, I returned to Episcopal Impact Fund with renewed energy and passion and ready to continue the meaningful work that your generosity makes possible.

I wanted to update you on a few things that are happening at Episcopal Impact Fund:

  • First, we are delighted to announce a major gift to the St. Luke’s campus of CPMC to create its first-ever perinatal mental healthcare program. As one of San Francisco’s two safety net hospitals, St. Luke’s provides maternity care to women living below the poverty line. When it reopens, it will be able to include topnotch psychological care that will benefit both new mothers and their families. We intend to continue funding this program with annual grants.
  • As far as we know, we are the only religious organization to receive a “cap and trade” grant from the State of California. The grant is for a three-year project to plant 90 trees in an environmentally and socio-economically disadvantaged community in Oakland and to create and maintain a community garden at our own St. James/Santiago congregation. We are proud to play a role in bringing a measure of ecological justice to East Oakland.
  • As part of our new strategic plan, we are exploring ways that Episcopal Impact Fund can help address the Bay Area housing crisis that affects all of us, but most painfully families living in poverty. Our housing task force is meeting with potential partners,talking with congregations and educating our board in the complexities of financing low-income housing to find the niche where we can make a significant contribution to the availability of affordable housing to those who need it most.
  • We continue to fund more than 20 nonprofits that bring creative and diverse approaches to addressing the root causes of poverty in every county of the Diocese.

As always, I love hearing your ideas and talking about our work. Let me know if you’d like to get together for coffee, lunch or even a phone call. You know how to find me!

Kathleen Piraino  
Executive Director, Episcopal Impact Fund

P.S. By now you should have received your Night of Light invitation. I hope you can join us as we honor and celebrate Pitch and Cathie Johnson for their incredible generosity to Episcopal Impact Fund and other philanthropies in the Bay Area.

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