What We Do
The Fund for Sufferings Granting Group provides help to PYM members who experience financial hardship occasioned by obedience to the leadings of God’s spirit, or to conscience, consistent with Quaker testimonies.
Who We Are
Appointed by the PYM Granting Committee; the current members are Lee Garner (Clerk), Justin Loughry, Patricia Rettig, Lisa Rooney, and Paul Sheldon.
Group Email (to all group members)
Lee Garner, Clerk
(215) 813-6449 (text)
(215) 387-7157 (voicemail)
How To Apply
Download the Fund for Sufferings Fact Sheet [PDF] for application details. Grants can go to individuals only, not organizations, but 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. Applications are considering on a rolling basis; there are no deadlines for applications.
Funds For Sufferings are provided by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, through income 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.