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Quakers in Australia

Funding

Funding

Individual Friends are enjoined to try to live simply and to use their possessions not
as ends in themselves but as God's gifts entrusted to them, to be shared with others
under God's guidance. They are challenged to ask themselves whether they regard
their possessions as given to them in trust, and whether they part with them freely
for the needs of others and give a right proportion of their resources to support the
work of the Society (2.5.3), in part as a bequest perhaps (5.6.10).
Handbook of Practice and Procedure, 6th Ed, 5.6.1.
The General Fund is the main fund for the work of [Quakers in Australia]. It
receives contributions chiefly from Regional Meetings [a Regional Meeting covers an area roughly based on state boundaries and will include a number of groups of Quakers who meet within that area] on a quota basis (2.5.3). The quotas are agreed as part of the budgeting process and are based on the relative memberships of the respective Regional Meetings.
AYM budget proposals for the General Fund include the estimated income and the
expenditures on the AYM office and AYM officers, travel on behalf of Australia
Yearly Meeting, publication of The Australian Friend, and support for FWCC and
other Quaker activities.
Handbook of Practice and Procedure, 6th Ed, 5.6.2

Funding for Quaker projects

Most Quaker Meetings are supported by donations from members and attenders, or from bequests to the Religious Society of Friends. Each Regional Meeting Treasurer draws up a schedule of costs for maintenance of the meeting house(s) and other costs associated with running Quaker activities, and estimates the donation per member. For more information, speak to your Local Meeting Treasurer or Regional Meeting Treasurer.

Quaker Service Australia, the development aid agency, obtains approximately 60 per cent of funding from donations and 40 per cent from government aid.

As always, further funds are also sought. To donate, email  Peace and Social Justice Fund, Quaker Service Australia, Thanksgiving Fund.

Bequests

Bequests are an important source of income for carrying on the Society’s work. Friends may direct bequests to their Local or Regional Meeting, to AYM funds (5.6) or to specific AYM committees (5.3). Gifts bequeathed simply to ‘The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia Incorporated’ go to the AYM Thanksgiving Fund (5.6.3). If it is intended that a Regional or Local Meeting or a specific committee should administer the bequest, the will (4.8.2) needs refer to that Meeting or committee by its full name.
Handbook of Quaker Practice and Procedure 5.7.7 Bequests … more

Funds available

A number of different funds donate money to individuals and groups for endeavours  in line with Quaker principles.

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