Emergency Disaster Fund

Reaching disaster survivors since 1960

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The Emergency Disaster Fund enables Brethren Disaster Ministries to reach out to the most vulnerable communities anywhere and share the burden in three ways –

  • Rebuilding homes following domestic disasters, using volunteer work teams who donate their time and skills.
  • Children’s Disaster Services volunteers give loving care to children in temporary child care centers.
  • Global disaster response projects of the Church of the Brethren and faith-based international 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: 100% of 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.

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: No. The Emergency Disaster Fund, and therefore BDM, is not a recipient of donations given to One Great Hour of Sharing or any other fund.

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.

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