The Episcopal Church of the Advocate is committed to giving a minimum of 10% of our pledged income and plate offering received each Sunday to individuals and organizations in the community. In other words, for every $10 pledged, $1 will be given to those in need and those working for peace and justice in the world. This offering is called the Advocate Tithe for Community Engagement. Distribution of the Advocate Tithe is determined at the recommendation of the Community Engagement Facilitators.

Procedures for Requesting Support

  • An Application for Support from the Advocate Tithe is posted here
  • Completed forms may be sent to the church at: The Advocate Church Office <theadvocatechurch@gmail.com>
  • Applications are due by December 1.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by how closely they match the Advocate’s Core Values (Compassion, Justice, and Transformation) as well as the priorities for giving and involvement identified  by the congregation. Priority is given to those programs an projects in which people of the Advocate are directly involved.

Decisions about supporting proposals are made by consensus among those present at meetings of the Community Engagement Facilitators. All proposals for financial or other support will be reviewed and approved on the basis of their fulfillment of our core values.

In our decisions about how to engage with the community around us, we prefer to:

  • Support projects that give voice to people who are marginalized and have very little voice.
  • Provide not only financial support, but also the time and talent of members of the congregation.
  • Support projects in which members of the congregation are already involved.
  • Support projects and organizations that are accountable, sustainable, and willing to teach us about their outcomes.
  • Support projects and organizations that are willing to send representatives to visit and help educate the congregation about their issues of concern.
  • Support groups that promote change, as well as those that meet direct needs.
  • 10% of our Tithe grants are given in the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals, usually supporting a ministry overseas.

The Advocate Tithe for 2016 was distributed as follows:
The IFC                                                                  $2000
Orange Justice United                                            $1500
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry                      $1000
Coalition for Peace with Justice                             $500
Compass Center                                                     $1000
NC Interfaith Power and Light                               $500
Johnson Service Corps                                           $1000
The Autism Society of North Carolina                   $500
Club Nova                                                              $1000
The Pee Wee Homes (C/o The Advocate)              $2000
The Community of the Franciscan Way                 $1000
The Jackson Center                                               $500
Nancy Murray for Iyad Burnat                                   $200
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina      $1000
Chapel Hill Service League Christmas House          $250
The IFC Community House Christmas                    $260
Vicar’s discretionary fund                                      $1790    
                                                                                                    Total budgeted for Tithe in 2016 = $16,000                                                                              

The Advocate Tithe for 2015 was distributed as follows:

IFC                                                                                      $2000
Justice United                                                                     $1000
NAACPNC                                                                            $1000
Coalition for Peace with Justice                                           $500
Compass Center                                                                   $1000
Club Nova                                                                            $1000
Johnson Service Corps                                                         $1000
EmPOWerment Inc.                                                              $500
Church World Service (refugee resettlement)                      $3500
Episcopal Hospital in Gaza                                                  $1600
Community Empowerment Fund                                         $800
Autism Society of NC                                                           $500
Vicar’s Discretionary Fund                                                  $1600                                                                                                                $16000 total

The Advocate Tithe for 2014, a total of $16,500 was distributed as follows:

EmPOWerment $500
Johnson Service Corps $1000
Club Nova $1000
Coalition for Peace with Justice $500
Transplanting Traditions Farm $500

Compass Center $500
IFC $2000
NC NAACP $1000
Orange Justice United $1000
EDNC for Harvest for Hospitality $4000
St. Innocents, Tickotlette, HAITI $1500
Vicar’s Discretionary Fund $1550