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Dear SCMs, Senior Friends and WSCF Supporters
For over a century, WSCF has served as an invaluable training ground of leaders for the Church, the ecumenical movement, and the social justice movement at large, both locally and globally, for the present as well as the future. But the diminishing of financial resources that are available to the non-profit sector as a whole, particularly for operational costs, is posing a formidable existential threat to WSCF and the historical role it has played as a prophetic witness for the renewal of the Church and the transformation of the world.
Guided by the framework of the WSCF Strategic Fundraising Plan, the WSCF Executive Committee is developing the All in One Boat (AIOB) campaign. The campaign is aimed beyond the immediate need for funds and towards the long-term development goal of bringing the Federation to a state of financial stability, viability and sustainability. We write to obtain your feedback and support for the campaign as it is developed and launched over the coming months.
The theme and the logo depicting the ecumenical boat on 'rough waters' convey the current state of the WSCF and the shared responsibility of SCMers and Senior Friends to keep it afloat.
In particular, AIOB aims to contribute to the following objectives:
- Empower WSCF to sustain itself internally by putting in place a mechanism that harnesses the fundraising potential of its global network of SCMs and Senior Friends.
- Bridge the gap between the national movements and WSCF Global by engaging SCMs in social fundraising for WSCF.
- Demonstrate WSCF's ability to mobilise internal resources for its operational needs.
- Develop a sustainable internal income stream for WSCF's core fund.
- Expand WSCF's internal donor base (SCMs and Senior Friends) and deepen their engagement in the Federation's development goals.
The key activity of the AIOB will be an annual month-long pledge campaign targeted to obtain commitments from Senior Friends to become recurring donors and SCMs to become recurring fundraisers for WSCF over a multi-year period. You will receive further details on the AIOB.
Securing multi-year donation pledges from Senior Friends and mobilising SCMs to fundraise for WSCF are the two key strategies of AIOB as both help build relationships and an engaged community within the Federation, which are necessary if WSCF aims to sustain itself internally.
By asking SCMs to organise fundraisers instead of donating directly, supporting WSCF becomes for SCMs an active collective engagement in the life of the Federation. It challenges SCMs to start a conversation at the national level on why they must share in the responsibility of sustaining WSCF, in the process building the relationship between SCMs and WSCF Global.
Pledges will be made during the campaign, but realising the pledges take place within the period committed. Funds raised from AIOB will go to the WSCF core fund and allocated for specific purposes depending on need, which may be continuing or time-bound, and will be the basis of setting monetary targets for each run of the campaign.
The WSCF website will play a key role in the implementation of this campaign.
Thanks and kind regards
5 route des Morillons, P.O. Box 2100
1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
+41 22 791 62 21 (office)
To our fellow Senior Friends,
One hundred and twenty three years on and the World Student Christian Federation is still going strong. That's how it is for those of us who have been engaged with the working of the Federation during the last decade.
In those 123 years much is changed. The world is an entirely different place two world wars and multitudes of violent eruptions later. The world of Empire and Colony has almost disappeared. New Nations and new nationalisms have emerged. Transport and Communications have changed utterly. Wealth has been transformed as it has moved from the power of men and women, through machines to global knowledge economies and these new energies are transforming the environment of Planet Earth. The Evangelism of the 1890s and 1900s has left a legacy for the Body of Christ as a world religion and in parallel a renewing Islam post the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The world of the Hindu and Buddhist Beliefs has likewise expanded as migration within and without the former empires have taken adherents to the ends of the earth.
In 1990, the WSCF established an endowment fund to secure the future of the Federation's global work.
The Centennial Fund aims to support ecumenical leadership formation of students who will transform our churches, local communities and the ecumenical movement in the search for justice and peace.
The Fund is based in Geneva and is managed by an an international Board of Trustees, drawn from Senior Friends (former members and friends of the WSCF). The Board releases the income from the fund to support WSCF programmes, publications and leadership formation. It is working to strengthen its fundraising efforts so that it may remain in a position to support the WSCF for years to come.
You may help build the Fund by making a one-time donation or make yours a regular contribution. Simply click the button below. The Centennial Fund Report for 2016 follows below.
The WSCF has launched the “Give One, Be One” campaign to generate needed funds to keep the full operations of the WSCF to develop a new level of stability and sustainability.
SUPPORT WSCF IN THIS CAMPAIGN
The difference between this outreach and all others in the Federation’s history is that there is a serious intention to bring the Campaign into the life of all member Student Christian Movements (SCMs), whereby all the student members will be invited to contribute a small amount each year to the Federation.
The idea is simple: If all students and Senior Friends of the Federation contribute a minimum of “1”, something that they can afford, each year, there will be more than enough funds for the operations and activities of the Federation at all levels: global, regional, national, and local; there will then be an increased understanding that we are “1” and a new level of unity and ownership of the Federation, and inter-dependence among the SCMs and students worldwide.
The World Student Christian Federation relies on the financial generosity of its supporters in order to carry out its work among students around the world.
If you would like to support WSCF's work financially, you may visit our current fundraising campaigns below and conveniently pay via PayPal, credit or debit card.
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Become part of WSCF today by joining your nearest ecumenical Student Christian Movement. When you join a local student Christian group affiliated to a national SCM, you are automatically a member of the WSCF.
To find out more about activities in your area and inquire about joining, please contact your WSCF national movement office or your WSCF regional office to inquire about participation and membership.
Contact and associate memberships are open to any group whose aims and membership are consistent with those of WSCF. Denominational student groups may join WSCF either through an affiliated association of national denominational groups that make up one ecumenical member movement, or via associate membership.