WSCF Centennial Fund
This page gives an introduction to the nature and purposes of the World Student Christian Federation Centennial Fund.
The Centennial Fund
The WSCF Centennial Fund was established by the 1990 General Assembly to set the global life of the federation on a firmer fiscal base for the future. It offers a unique opportunity to invest in the future of the ecumenical movement by supporting the formation of Christian students through the World Student Christian Federation. The WSCF Centennial Fund set out with an initial target of one million US dollars, which it had reached by 2003. Since then the fund's income has been able to support crucial aspects of the federation's work. WSCF's global programmes, publications and ongoing leadership formation all need the support of the Centennial Fund to continue being successful. Specific grants already given by the Centennial Fund include the 2004 General Assembly, the 2005 Inter-Regional Women's Programme, the Ecumenical Assistance Programme and Inter-Regional ecumenical formation events in 2005 and 2006.
Funding Ecumenical Formation
The Centennial Fund aims to undergird the work of the WSCF as it continues as a trailblazer in the ecumenical movement and as the primary location for ecumenical leadership formation of Christian students.
WSCF has nurtured many of the leaders of the ecumenical movement including: John R. Mott, Bishop Charles Brent, Ruth Rouse, Joseph Oldham, Archbishop Söderblom, Sarah Chakko, Willem Visser t'Hooft, Archbishop Germanos, D.T Niles, Suzanne de Diétrich, M.M.Thomas, Brother Roger of Taizé, Kyaw Than, Margaret Flory, Bishop K.H.Ting, Mary-Jeanne de Haller Coleman, Philip Potter, Ruth Harris, Jose Chipenda, Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, Archbishop Ted Scott, Elizabeth Adler, Milan Opocensky, Mercy Oduyoye, Feliciano Carino, Sam Kobia and many others.
Founding President of the Centennial Fund, Philip Potter said of WSCF,
"An organisation with such significant historical impact on the ecumenical movement and such a promising future will continue to need new sources of income to support its ministry. Let us work together to provide the resources for the WSCF to continue its path-finding ministry among students.
For many of us, the WSCF has been one of the most formative influences in our lives. It is now our opportunity to ensure that the generation of students today and those who come after share our experiences of global ecumenical leadership formation"
The Second Century Campaign
The WSCF needs your support to continue its work for the next century. Will you consider a gift of cash or stock or property? Would you consider naming the WSCF as a
beneficiary in your will?
As the WSCF enters its second century, the Centennial Fund seeks to raise a further US$2 million to support ecumenical leadership formation of Christian students who will transform our churches, local communities and the ecumenical movement in the search for peace and justice.
Centennial Fund Management
The fund is established as a legal entity in Geneva, Switzerland and is managed by a Board of Trustees. The funds are invested in companies and organisations governed by policies guaranteeing environmental protection, equitable employment policies and safe working conditions.
Centennial Fund Board of Trustees
Dr. Kenneth Guest (USA), Dr. Kang Moon-Kyu (Korea), Ms. Inger Lise Olsen (Sweden), Mr. Werner Gebert (Germany), Ms. Clarissa Balan (Philippines), Mr. Youhanna Kamal Shawky (Egypt).
How you can contribute to the Centennial Fund
Contributions toward the WSCF Centennial Fund can be made through:
:: Cash gifts
Cheques in any currency can be received by WSCF.
:: Wills and bequests
Please consider naming WSCF as a beneficiary in your will.
:: Gifts of property or other assets
WSCF is able to receive gifts of property, large and small.
:: Gifts of stock
WSCF is able to receive gifts of stocks and shares.
:: Connection to foundations
If you have a personal contact at a foundation or funding agency, we would appreciate your help in making the connection. WSCF programmes offer many opportunities to support unique ecumenical formation of students in over 80 countries around the world. We need your advice about how to access the support these students need.
Centennial Fund Bank account details
Please send any contributions to the fund to:
WSCF Centennial Fund, Account No. 8869600
Bank: Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie,
11 Rue de la Corraterie, Geneva,
PO Box 5215 1211,
Geneva 11, Switzerland.
For further information on how to support WSCF please contact:
WSCF Inter-Regional Office
5 Route des Morillons
PO Box 2100, CH-1211
Geneva 2, Switzerland
Tel: + 41 22 791 6358
Fax: + 41 22 791 6152