Ecumenism is by definition about collaboration. The WSCF believes that one of the keys to the future of the ecumenical movement is increased and deepened collaboration between partner organisations and networks – whether international, nongovernmental, or ecumenical.

Partnership is key to the success of the WSCF’s mission to empower and equip students and youth worldwide for faith and action; to making a tangible impact on the many issues we hold in common with various partners; and to finding creative new ways of living the ecumenical movement’s vision today.

Featured here are only a few examples of the WSCF’s important historic, and of some of the emerging, partnerships.


The Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church

The Episcopal Church and The United Methodist Church are longstanding partners of WSCF on different levels, national, regional, and international. In 2012 and 2013, in addition to funding support, both bodies sent young adult missionaries to serve in the Geneva office, and GBGM sent a young adult missionary to serve in our Latin America and Caribbean regional office. This partnership offered young adults access to international-level ecumenical and human rights work in Geneva and exposure to the WSCF’s community and work.

The Evangelisches Missionwerk in Deutschland (EMW)

The Evangelisches Missionwerk in Deutschland (EMW) is one of WSCF’s oldest and strongest partners. EMW has had a consistent vision for the unique contribution that the WSCF makes to the ecumenical leadership formation of students and youth, and has continued to provide core, block funding that allows the institution to continue its work.


For the past several years, the WSCF has been an active participant in a network of international youth organizations and regional platforms called the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO). ICMYO networks together to advocate for full youth participation in UN and other processes and to collaborate in advocacy on other issues they hold in common. Through ICMYO, WSCF develops relationships, networks, capacity-building opportunities, and strategic approaches that enable us to work more effectively at the United Nations and in other forms of advocacy.

Other Partners

Some of our other valued partners include:

  • ACT Alliance
  • Bethlehem Mission Immensee
  • Bread for All, Switzerland
  • Bread for the World, Germany
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
  • Ecumenical News International
  • Ecumenical Women
  • Evangelischer Entwicklunsdienst Germany
  • Fonds für Entwicklung und Partnerschaft in Afrika, Switzerland
  • Hilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz
  • ICCO – Kerkinactie, Netherlands
  • International Coordinating Meeting of Youth Organisations
  • Lutheran World Federation
  • Methodist Church of Great Britain
  • Swiss-Zimbabwe Friendship Association
  • Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Tear Fund, Zimbabwe
  • The General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church
  • The Karibu Foundation
  • United Church of Canada
  • United Church of Christ USA
  • United Methodist Women
  • US Trustees of WSCF
  • World Communion of Reformed Churches
  • We Will Speak Out Coalition
  • World Alliance of YMCAs
  • World Communion of Reformed Churches
  • World Council of Churches
  • World YWCA
  • WSCF Canada
  • WSCF Centennial Fund
  • Zimbabwe Advocacy Office

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