The Funds for Sufferings Granting Group provides help for the alleviation of the hardships and sufferings of Friends, Friends groups, and others – such suffering occasioned by obedience to the leadings of God’s spirit, or to conscience, consistent with Quaker testimonies. Assistance for legal defense or bail bond may be granted.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Individuals and Quaker groups who suffer as a result of their witnessing to our Quaker Testimonies. Priority given to members in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area and their families.
Alleviation of financial hardships resulting from witness to Friends Testimonies, including legal defense or bail bond.
Consult the PYM Grants Guidelines & Forms page to download the Fund for Sufferings Fact Sheet. Requests for assistance can come from the individual concerned, from a Monthly Meeting on behalf of an individual, or in special cases from someone or a group close to the person involved. If time allows, the request should be in writing. If urgent, and unable to reach the Clerk at the number listed, phone the Yearly Meeting office at 215-241-7000. Applicants from other areas and categories also considered.
Appointed by the PYM Granting Committee. Lee Garner (Clerk), Justin Loughry, Patricia Rettig and Paul Sheldon.
By Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Any income is as donated by individuals, Meetings, and others who wish to stand in unity with those taking risks for their beliefs. All payments to the Fund will be considered gifts. Payments to the Fund may be made by checks payable to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, designated “Fund for Sufferings.” The Fund shall be used, to the extent available, for the alleviation of the hardships and sufferings of Friends, Friends groups, and others — such suffering occasioned by obedience to the leadings of God’s spirit, or to conscience, consistent with Quaker testimonies. Assistance for legal defense or bail bond may be granted.
PRINCIPAL: $28,636 market value 6/30/12
ANNUAL INCOME: $1,022 (FY 2012)