MISSION STATEMENT -- Episcopal Relief and Development is a compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Hearing God’s call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, Episcopal Relief and Development serves to bring together the generosity of Episcopalians and others with the needs of the world. --Episcopal Relief and Development faithfully administers the funds that are received from the Church and raised from other sources. It provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering. --Episcopal Relief and Development cherishes its partnerships within the Anglican Communion, with ecumenical bodies and with others who share a common vision for justice and peace among all people. Episcopal Relief and Development is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization closely affiliated with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church through our Board and staff relationships. A 21-person Board of Directors is responsible for governance of Episcopal Relief and Development. The Board includes both lay and clergy members who are nominated jointly by the Chair of the Board of the Corporation and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA. Each director serves a three-year term.