Ways to Give

Ann-Marie-with-coffeeI have been witness to the work of the Church Council shifting the world around me. And equally important, the work of the Church Council has transformed me. — Ann Marie Do, Organizing Intern

This faith and justice work only happens because of generous volunteers and donors. There are many ways to join in. Your time, treasure and talent complete the circle.

Founded nearly 100 years ago, the Church Council is known as one of the most innovative and engaged church councils in the entire country. We continue to explore new frontiers, catalyzing collaboration across boundaries and serving justice in our region from our office in South Seattle.

During 2015, financial support from generous donors made it possible to offer 79 events involving 7,566 people and 150 organizations. Donations helped fund our efforts to attain the $15 minimum wage, find sites for tent encampments, host interfaith dialogue, and sponsor prayer vigils. Together we are forging a more compassionate, just region for all.

Questions? Contact Beth Amsbary, Philanthropy Manager, (206) 525-1213 ext. 103 or Email Beth


There are many ways to donate!

With just one mouse click, you can begin transforming our region. Make an online gift or pledge via credit card through our secure web portal.

By Mail

Checks made payable to Church Council of Greater Seattle may be mailed to: PO Box 18467, Seattle, WA  98118.

Gifts from Faith Communities

Many churches, denominations and faith agencies support the Church Council because of the role we play as a regional ecumenical council. If you are interested in encouraging your church to make a donation, we can support your efforts as you inquire with your mission board, pastor’s discretionary fund or special projects team.


Please contact us directly to make a gift through an electronic stock transfer. Our accountant Janet Deters can help you arrange this. Contact Janet at (206) 525-1213, ext 104 or email Janet.

Donations of office equipment and materials

Your gift of needed items are of great benefit to us. Here’s our current wishlist:

  • folding machine
  • storage bins
  • office supplies such as staplers, paper clips, pens and, especially,
    larger binder clips
  • hospitality supplies, including coffee and carafes

Contact us to see if your unneeded items match our needs. Contact Beth Amsbary at (206) 525-1213, ext 103 or email her.



BriannaThomasVolunteering with the Church Council helps me keep ahold of my moral compass, and stay grounded in the work of the people.  — Brianna Thomas, Seattle City Council Staff

There are many options for joining in faith-filled justice-making — from participating for a couple of hours to making a year long commitment.
We can help you find the best fit for your time and skills.

Internship and Service Learning Opportunities

Through an internship you could learn to be a justice organizer or get real-life experience in nonprofit management. Or you could learn the basics of event management.

The Church Council works with several education and service learning programs including those at Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, and the Justice Leadership Program of the United Church of Christ.

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportuniteis to pitch in and help vary from office work to advocacy. Volunteers host special events, participate in social justice action groups and engage in community organizing. We also welcome those seeking opportunities for fulfilling community service obligations.

To explore volunteering with the Church Council, please call Office Manager Ann Erickson at (206) 525-1213, ext. 105, or just send us an email sharing your interests.


The Rev. Dr. Bill Cate Fund for Emerging Justice Leaders

Cate-at-lecturn-webThere can be no lasting peace until justice is realized for all people. – Bill Cate

The Rev. Dr. Bill Cate Fund for Emerging Justice Leaders fulfills the vision of this remarkable community leader to empower young community activists on their journey.

Your gift to this fund will train and support the next generation of faith-inspired justice-makers.

A legacy of leadership

The Rev. Dr.“Bill” Cate changed the face of our region. In partnership with his wife, Jan, Bill ushered in a new generation of faith-inspired justice-making. Bill served as President-Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle for twenty years, from 1970-1990.

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A trademark of Bill Cate’s leadership was his ability to empower grassroots leadership: find emerging voices, listen to them, support them in doing good works, and stand by them when they got into difficulties.

The Church Council of Greater Seattle regularly brings in young adults who hunger and thirst for justice to join the work. These emerging justice-makers learn to organize, frame campaigns, and deepen their own spirituality. They head out, ready for a lifetime of making a difference, just like so many activists who launched their organizing work under Bill Cate’s guidance.

Jesus’ path to justice, rooted in faith, is needed now more than ever. And supporting emerging justice leaders, keeping alive the legacy of Bill Cate, is needed now more than ever. Join the movement by making a gift online. You may make a one-time gift, an automatic payment pledge, or include this fund in your will or other legacy planning.

This description provides only the briefest summary of Bill Cate’s legacy. For more information please download our flyer, About the Cate Fund, which provides more information, including a mail-in form.

Workplace Giving & Matches
Your Employer Wants to Help Too!

Many employers make donations to match your gift, or allow you to donate through payroll deductions.  Ask your Human Resources department for a matching gift form and send it in with your gift. We’ll take care of the rest. Your gift may be doubled or tripled!

Information you may need

  • The Church Council of Greater Seattle’s Federal Tax ID number is 91-0460490.
  • The Church Council’s legal name is “Church Council of Greater Seattle.”
  • King County Employees: Our code for your King County Pledge Form is 9266.
  • Federal Employees: Our code for your CFC Pledge Form is 43738.
Estate Giving

BloomMy life’s work has been dedicated to trying to build a more just world with my fellow Christians and others committed to social justice. It simply makes sense to continue that work after I’m gone. That’s why the Church Council of Greater Seattle is in my will. – The Rev. David Bloom, former Associate Director, Church Council of Greater Seattle

A gift of tomorrow…

Through your estate plans you can ensure that our mission of unity, compassion, and social justice continues on for future generations.  Planned giving offers many ways to support, and it is possible for anyone, regardless of their means.  We hope you will consider giving a gift to the Church Council of Greater Seattle that will live on through the years.

A bequest in your will is the most common planned gift but there are other options as well.  Some of those options are a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust. You might also name this cause as a beneficiary in a life insurance policy or retirement account.

We’re here…to make this process as easy as possible for you.  For questions or more information, contact Beth Amsbary, Philanthropy Manager, at 206.525.1213, ext. 103.

We have assembled some documents that you may find helpful for gifting and/or estate planning. Follow the links below to download these PDFs.

Join others in the Legacy Society

Our Legacy Society is made up of  a group of inspirational individuals committed to the future success of the Church Council.  Your membership involves no dues or obligations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the generous plans you have made.  As a member of the Legacy Society, you will receive  benefits including recognition in publications such as our Annual Report.

For  more information, contact Beth Amsbary, Philanthropy Manager, at 206.525.1213, ext. 103.

Legacy Society Members

  • The Rev. Dr. David Aasen
  • The Rev. David Bloom
  • Paula Kathleen Dawson
  • Steve Faust
  • Anonymous (2)
Sponsorship Opportunities & Recognition

Through sponsorship,  you can align your organization with the region’s Christian community for the common good. Our work bridges faith communities with partners from all sectors —  business, non-profit, labor, and neighborhood organizations. Your financial sponsorship not only boosts the work of faith-based civic activism. It also tells local Christians that you are invested in their vitality.

Sponsor the Weaving Our Strengths Conference.

Weaving our strengthsWeaving our Strengths brings together more than 200 people from over 50 faith communities. It’s the perfect place to showcase your dedication to the region, as people from many churches will gather for training, resource-sharing, and fellowship.This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, October 22 at Seattle First Baptist Church.

Sponsor Benefits for 2016

Important conference sponsorship dates      

  • For inclusion on conference brochure:  Friday, July 1
  • For inclusion in all other available benefits:  Friday, September 9
Interested in other sponsor opportunities?

Let’s talk about options to support other areas of work, such as a training or conversation series on interfaith dialogue, homelessness, or racial equity.

Please contact Beth Amsbary, Philanthropy Manager  (206)525-1213 ext 103 or  Email Beth.

Recognizing our sponsors

We are grateful for the many ways that individuals, businesses and organizations step up to sponsor specific priorities and activities related to our common work. Please join us in appreciation of the sponsors listed below.

Web & Communications Sponsors
  • The Ariel Fund
  • Community of Christ – Greater Pacific NW Mission Center
  • The Norcliffe Foundation
  • Anonymous (4)
Weaving our Strengths 2015 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • Dignity Memorial: Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home
  • SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
  • SEIU Local 6
  • United Food and Commercial Workers UFCW 21

Silver Sponsors

  • Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
  • Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches
  • SEIU Healthcare 775NW

Bronze Sponsors

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Northwest Washington Synod
  • Center for Courage & Renewal
  • The Dancing Word
  • Faith Action Network
  • IAM Machinist’s Local 751
  • Puget Sound Sage
  • Seattle University – School of Theology & Ministry
  • Teamsters Local Union 117

Other Sponsors

  • Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Horizon House

In Kind Support

  • Central Coop
  • QFC
  • University Christian Church
  • University Congregational United Church of Christ
  • University Lutheran Churches


Helpful Information
  • The Church Council of Greater Seattle’s federal tax ID number is 91-0460490.
  • The Church Council’s legal name is “Church Council of Greater Seattle.”
  • King County Employees: Our organization code for your King County Pledge Form is 9266.
  • Federal Employees: Our code for your CFC Pledge Form is 43738.

Generous supporters
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Special Recognition

This new website has been made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:
The Ariel Fund
Community of Christ – Greater Pacific NW Mission Center
The Norcliffe Foundation
SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW
Anonymous (4)