Our annual budget heavily impacts on the range and number of international activities we can organise and get involved in every year. It also impacts on the number of young people and student movements who can benefit from attending such activities.
Donations help sustain our work. They particularly allow us to offer discounted or free activities for students and young people from less advantaged backgrounds, to ensure that their voices are represented and heard at our events, meetings and other activities. Donations also help us offer internships to young people and cover some of the daily administrative costs of running the organisation.
We are an independent, Christian, not-for-profit organisation, focused on education and capacity-building, that has been striving for justice and peace for over 120 years. We are committed to unite Christians, seek dialogue among Christian denominations and address issues of justice, human rights and peace. We receive funding from a range of donors, including the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the WSCF Inter-Regional Office, to run our programmes, and we need greater support to complement this funding to continue our work with young people.
Any contribution can help us continue the vital work we are doing with young people.
Regular donations: The best way for you to support our work is by subscribing to our regular donations. This means donating a regular amount every month or every year.
One-off donations: You can also choose to make one-off donations of any amount to WSCF-Europe. Any donation, big or small, helps us keep our work alive.
Would you like to help us in our work by doing something that you are good at? Would you like to develop new skills and learn something new? There are many ways in which you can support WSCF-Europe through donating your time and skills!
You could become a speaker at one of our events, you could be part of an international event planning team, or you could support with our web-design and communications – all of these are options if you want to volunteer for WSCF-Europe. We are an organisation that heavily relies on volunteers to survive and make our exciting projects happen. We often look for passionate people of all ages, who are interested in ecumenical and human rights issues and who have expertise in legal and financial matters, event planning, translation and many other areas.
We deeply value the contribution of our volunteers and we always look forward to welcoming more members into our WSCF-Europe family. You can always find volunteering opportunities on Our Work page. If no opportunity is advertised at the moment or none of those advertised resonates with you, do not worry – you can still help us! You can register your interest to volunteer below and we will get in touch with you to figure how best you can contribute to our work.
Until the late 1960s, the international staff of the WSCF were based in Geneva. A major structural change in 1972 decentralized the WSCF into six regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America. The Geneva headquarters became the inter-regional office. Programmatic and decision-making work shifted to the regions, reflecting the new mood of self-determination in third-world countries and the search for contextualization in theology and politics. This is essentially the process that gave birth to WSCF-Europe, as known today.
In the 1960s and 1970s, WSCF movements, especially in North America and Europe, were closely involved with the radical political movements. Their political solidarity and their critique of education convinced them that their mission field was no longer in educational institutions only, but on the streets and in the villages. The theme of the WSCF in the 1970s – Christian Witness in the Struggle for Liberation – sums up the broadened, renewed political commitment of the WSCF at the same time it moved to a regional structure.