Merion Friends Meeting
Winnowing committee

This committee responds to requests for donations from Quaker organizations and other worthy nonprofit organizations in our local community. Our meeting has only a small budget for such contributions, and we may not contribute to every organization every year. However, in recogitions of the fact that many organizations receive funding from larger organizations based on the breadth of their community support, we have chosen to make small contributions to many organizations rather than large contributions to a few. We focus on Quaker organizations as well as those that are local and which are small enough that our small donations would provide significant assistance. We encourage you to consider making personal donations to these organizations, as many of our members do:



Quaker organizations:


American Friends Service Committee: AFSC is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to peace with justice in the U.S. and around the world. Founded during WWI, AFSC was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for its service " from the nameless to the nameless." Headquartered in Philadelphia.

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors: CCCO supports conscientious objectors and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war. Founded in 1948, CCCO provides full & accurate information about military life and war to individuals affected by military service, conscription, and recruitment. The majority of CCCOs income is provided by donations.

Friends Committee on National Legislation: FCNL, founded in 1943, is the lobbying arm of Quakers in the U.S. Nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy: FCNL fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

Friends Council on Education: FC is the only national organization of Friends schools and provides assistance to schools, teachers, students and families that support the implementation of Friends values in the classroom & life of the school community. Through programs and publications, FC nurtures spiritual life of Friends schools, strengthens connections between schools, and promotes Friends education by providing consultation services, professional development seminars, literature support and peer networking.

Friends General Conference: FGC provides services and resources for individuals, Friends, meetings, and people interested in the Quaker way. FGC is an association of regional Quaker communities in the U.S. and Canada. Nurturing Faith and Quaker Practice through workshops, special events, and their annual week-long summer gathering. Headquartered in Philadelphia

Friends Journal: The monthly magazine of Quaker life and thought. "Our goal is to serve the Quaker community and the wider community of spiritual seekers through the publication of articles, poems, letters, art, and news that conveys the contemporary experience of Quakers."

Friends World Committee on Consultation: The purpose of the Friends World Committee for Consultation is to encourage fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends.
FWCC is associated with the Quaker United Nations Offices which offers a means to monitor and present Quaker contributions to world affairs. FWCC consultation extends to those of other faiths through work with the World Council of Churches.

Peace Tax Fund: The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund is a non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1971 to address conscientious objection to military taxation.

Pendle Hill: Pendle Hill was established in 1930 as a Quaker adult study center that welcomes all for spirit-led learning, retreat, workshops and community. Located near Swarthmore, Pa.

Quaker Earthcare Witness: QEW is a network of Friends, and other like-minded people, in North America who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies.
While QEW supports reforms in laws, technology, education, and institutions, its primary calling is to facilitate transformation of humans' attitudes, values, identity, and worldview that underlie much of the environmental destruction going on in the world today.

Quaker Inner City School Endowment Fund: QICSEF is a non-profit Quaker corporation that helps inner-city Quaker schools build sufficient endowments for long-term financial security by matching funds raised by the schools themselves.

Quaker United Nations Office: Since the founding of the U.N. in 1945, Quakers have shared that organization's aims and supported its efforts to "abolish war and promote peaceful resolution of conflicts." The organization represents Quakers through Friends World Committee on Consultation (FWCC). Located in Geneva and N.Y.



Non-Quaker Organizations:


ABC (A Better Chance in Lower Merion):Run by a Board of Directors and supported financially by contributions from the community. Scholars live in a house in Ardmore & attend LM High School. ABC is part of the Community Schools Program of the national A Better Chance organization, which give scholars an opportunity to attend highly ranked public schools.

Eldernet: ElderNet helps older and disabled adults to remain living independently and safely in their homes by providing free, practical, volunteer, and social work services. Run through volunteer support. Services are targeted toward frail older and younger disabled persons with low to moderate incomes in Lower Merion and Narberth.

Lower Merion Conservancy: The Lower Merion Conservancy protects and enhances our quality of life by engaging residents in preserving open space, the natural environment, and the historic character of the community. Through education, advocacy and research, we promote collective responsibility for these shared resources.

Lower Merion Historical Society: The Lower Merion Historical Society is an organization dedicated to "Preserving Our Past For The Future." This is accomplished by stewardship of local history, education of the community, preservation of historic resources and outreach to promote awareness of the cultural heritage of the Township of Lower Merion and the Borough of Narberth. LMHS is a 501(c)3 organization & operates using volunteers. LMHS lends material to students, scholars, and residents in the LM community.

Lower Merion Police Pension: The LMPD mission is to improve the quality of life in LM by providing the highest level of professional police service in partnership with the community.
This is accomplished through the enforcement of the laws of the Commonwealth of PA & the US Constitution.

Narberth Volunteer Fire Company: The NFD is a volunteer fire department serving Narberth Borough and the surrounding Lower Merion Township

Narberth Community Food Bank: Community food bank operated through volunteer service members. The NCFB receives support from the Narberth & Lower Merion communities.

Philabundance: The region's largest hunger relief organization, created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. Addresses hunger through direct service programs and a network of 500 member agencies. Philabundance also contributes to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond.

Project H.O.M.E.: The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society
Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of care comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services.

Union Fire Association: Volunteer Fire Department in Bala Cynwyd. The UF department has three trucks and 40 active members.



Other organizations which have not received funding from Winnowing Committee this year, but whose efforts our members support:


American Red Cross and The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian and development network, with millions of volunteers in 187 member National Societies. Besides their familiar role in large-scale disaster relief and monitoring humanitarian conditions for prisoners of war, the local branches are also the ones who arrive to help when individual families face disasters like home fires.

Amnesty International: Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, they investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Bethesda Project: Bethesda Project serves more than 2,500 homeless and formerly homeless men and women each year at 14 sites throughout Philadephia, with a commitment to care for them as they would members of their own families

Books Through Bars in Philadelphia: Located Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Books Through Bars is an all-volunteer non-profit distributing free books to anyone in prison, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. Their organization allows donated used paperbacks to be matched to requests from prisoners, and it ships them using procedures acceptable to security regulations at each prison.

The Chester Charter School for the Arts:
CCSA is a non-profit charter school in the City of Chester which works to achieve a transformative learning experience by using arts integration to nurture the imaginations and creative capacities of teachers and students and to provide multiple avenues for realization of their aspirations.

The Chester Children's Chorus: The Chester Children's Chorus offers talented children ages 8 to 18 from Chester, Pa., the opportunity to achieve musical excellence, expand their intellectual and cultural horizons, and flourish as confident individuals. For younger children, the chorus' Sing-To-Learn program provides music instruction that reinforces academic objectives in 12 kindergarten, first grade and second grade classrooms in Chester.

Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontiers): Putting physicians and high quality medical care in the most desperate locations. "We find out where conditions are the worst-- the places where others are not going-- and that's where we want to be."

Heeding God's Call: Heeding God’s Call is an interfaith movement to prevent gun violence.

The Innocence Project/The Pennsylvania Innocence Project: Exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA and reforming the criminal justice system.

Medill Justice Project: An investigative journalism enterprise that examines potentially wrongful convictions, probes national systemic criminal-justice issues and conducts groundbreaking research.

The Pennsylvania Prison Society: The mission of the Pennsylvania Prison Society is to advocate for a humane, just and restorative correctional system, and to promote a rational approach to criminal justice issues.

Right Sharing of World Resources: A Quaker micro-credit organization that supports grassroots income-generating projects in developing countries, led by women, many of whom are making less than a dollar a day.

Sega Girls School: A U.S.-based non-profit organization whose mission is education and empowerment of vulnerable girls in Tanzania, particularly at Sega Girls School.

The Sentencing Project: The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.