This page describes the different Funds (or charities) for which MU members raise money.
No branch must raise funds for any other charities.
The General Fund needs your donations so that MU in the Oxford Diocese can run efficiently and do more work to support families in this area in different ways. These are some of the ways in which your money is used:
- Employment costs for the membership secretary
- Rent, equipment and stationery needed to run the Diocesan Office
- Production and distribution of FOCUS, our Diocesan Magazine
- Trustees’ expenses, to run the organisation and fulfil the legal obligations of the charity
- Speakers’ expenses, so that branches can have access to the speakers that they need
- Training and conferences
- Unit expenses to enable project work to be undertaken
- Diocesan Meetings
This is the largest Diocesan Project so has its own fund. AFIA is a holiday scheme to help people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have a holiday. Successful applicants are allocated a 7 day holiday, tailored to their needs. The average cost of a family holiday is £1,000. We would like to increase the number of families that can take an AFIA holiday. Please support this MU Fund. Branches organise fund raising initiatives and individuals donate. Fundraising ideas can be found here.
Trustees are currently exploring using some of this Fund to provide a break for older people who would not otherwise be able to enjoy a short holiday.
Central MU Funds
Approximately half of the Diocesan subscription goes forward to the Central MU Office at Mary Sumner house to run this global charity. Members can donate to these Central MU Funds. Please will branches send their Central donations to the Diocesan Office so that the organisation is aware of the sums that are being collected. These monies are forwarded promptly to MSH.
Please download and complete a donation form and send it to the Diocesan Office with a cheque made out to Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Oxford: MU Donation Form
Supports the work of the relatively small number of staff at Mary Sumner House, London and Central Trustees
Recent projects have been the Literacy and Financial Education Programme (LFEP) in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Burundi. The Awaken project has evolved from the Family Life Programme. It helps groups to use their own resources to bring about change.
Emergency Relief Fund
Grants are awarded to provide support to meet the most urgent needs. Recent grants have been awarded to South Sudan and the Caribbean.
There are also specific appeals that take place during the year, for example:
Big Summer Appeal
Visit the central Mothers’ Union website for more information