We are pleased to report that Thee Quaker Project has been awarded a 2 year grant from the Thomas and Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund for our work of creating a platform for Quakers on 21st century media.
The Shoemaker Fund was established by the 1936 and 1953 wills of Thomas and Mary Williams Shoemaker, brother and sister, who were lifelong members of the Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Here is how the fund describes its focus:
In recent years, the Shoemaker Trustees have become increasingly concerned about the future vitality and membership of the Religious Society of Friends. As a result, the Fund has shifted its focus to organizations that are investing specifically in the growth and development of the Society of Friends. In this spirit, the Fund is providing major support for new and collaborative initiatives developed by organizations that provide leadership, innovation and resources which address this strategic goal.
The Shoemaker fund has provided Thee Quaker Project with a generous grant of $250k over 2 years to pursue our goal of building an online ecosystem which reaches seekers and Quakers alike and offers a compelling next step in their spiritual journeys. The grant supports our ambitious phase 2 goal of launching two more projects in 2024: a daily Quaker devotional, and a video project that partners with monthly meeting (more details coming soon!)
For our fiscal year ending in June 2024, this Shoemaker grant gets us 40% of the way to our fundraising goal. Please consider a gift to our phase 2 campaign to help us reach our goal and transform the way Quaker stories are told in the 21st century.