Emergency Disaster Fund

Reaching disaster survivors since 1960

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The Emergency Disaster Fund enables Brethren Disaster Ministries to reach out and share the burden of the most vulnerable people in communities affected by disasters.

  • BDM’s Rebuilding program helps to repair or rebuild homes following domestic disasters, using volunteer work teams who donate their time and skills.
  • Children’s Disaster Services volunteers give loving care to children by setting up temporary childcare centers after a disaster.
  • BDM’s Global Response supports disaster response projects of the Church of the Brethren and faith-based partners.

The Emergency Disaster Fund is sustained through contributions from individuals, local Church of the Brethren congregations, and District-wide fundraisers. All of Brethren Disaster Ministries’ programming is supported by this Fund.

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Q & A

Q: Which Brethren programs are supported by the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF)?

A: EDF funds support Brethren Disaster Ministries programming (including domestic rebuilding, Children’s Disaster Services, and international projects). Think of the Emergency Disaster Fund as being the BDM fund. Nine percent of EDF donations go to help offset the costs of offices, computers, communications and administrative support for BDM ministries (called the ministry enablement contribution).

Q: When I write a check to the Church of the Brethren (Core Ministries Fund) is a portion of the funds used to support Brethren Disaster Ministries?

A: No. Brethren Disaster Ministries is self-funded solely through the Emergency Disaster Fund. The Core Ministries Fund supports other important programs like BVS, Deacon Ministries and others.

Q: Does a portion of One Great Hour of Sharing Funds go to support the work of BDM?

A: Starting in 2019, 10 percent of all offerings to One Great Hour of Sharing support Brethren Disaster Ministries.

Q: If I write a check to Brethren Disaster Ministries, will my donation go into the Emergency Disaster Fund?

A: Yes. Checks written to Brethren Disaster Ministries, BDM, Children’s Disaster Services, CDS, or Emergency Disaster Fund are all deposited in the EDF account. Also, checks written to the Church of the Brethren with any of the above designations in the memo line will be deposited in the EDF.

Q:What is the Ministry Enablement Contribution?

A: The costs for offices, technology, communication support, financial services and other administrative support for Brethren Disaster Ministries is provided by the general Church of the Brethren budget. To help offset these costs and cover BDM’s fair share, nine percent of all donations to the Emergency Disaster Fund are applied as ministry enablement contributions.

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