Share The Plate Collection

We care for all souls, which means we care for the community beyond our doors as well. This value is reflected in #6 of the new church goals adopted in June 2022, which calls us to “Serve the needs of those in our city in partnership with local organizations.”

All Souls has long worked to serve local needs in partnership, and in December 2022 we started another: a “share the plate” approach to the Sunday offering. A different recipient organization will be featured for one month, with a 50/50 split of all non-pledge contributions from the offerings. The recipients are determined by the Executive Team (Traci Hughes-Trotter and Rev. Bill Sinkford) on the recommendation of the Minister of Social Justice (Rev. Rob Keithan).

We expect that most recipients will be local or regional groups rather than national, with the hope that All Souls congregants might join, volunteer, or otherwise support them in an ongoing way beyond the offering. Our goal is promoting relationship and connection! Also, we view the Share the Plate program as an opportunity to broaden All Souls connections in the community, so current Beckner Fund recipients are not eligible. Previous Beckner recipients are eligible. Any congregant or staff member is welcome to suggest an organization by emailing Rev. Rob Keithan.  

Photograph of an Usher passing the collection plate to a congregant during a Sunday service.

Guiding Criteria

  • Groups can be local, regional, or national in scope, but most recipients will be local organizations
  • Groups need to be 501c3 nonprofit organizations or be fiscally sponsored by a 501c3
  • Current Beckner Fund recipients are not eligible. Previous recipients are eligible.
  • In cases where a church staff member or congregant has a direct connection to the organization (such as a staff member serving on their Board, or a congregant serving on their Board or working there) it will be shared with the congregation verbally and on the website. Organizations that employ church staff are not eligible.


November 2023

October 2023

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement logo

Your gifts will go to a relief fund specifically dedicated to helping Native Hawaiians on Maui to recover and rebuild from the wildfire of 2023.

Courtney’s House
August 2023

This is a survivor-founded, survivor-focused, trauma informed organization based in DC that serves DC, MD, and VA.

Gala Hispanic Theatre

A National Center for Latino Performing Arts in the nation’s capital.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community

The DC Center
June 2023

A community center that connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

La Clinica del Pueblo

A high-quality community health center serving the Latinx immigrant community.

Dreaming Out Loud logo

Dreaming Out Loud
April 2023

An organization that creates economic opportunities for the DCV’s marginalized communities by building healthy, equitable food systems.

Image: Green outline of a house with a door opening in the shape of the letter B. Text: Beacon House - Where Learning Has a Home

Beacon House
March 2023

Providing children in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast DC with a safe, life-expanding community in which to learn, discover talents, and to grow into healthy adults.

Logo of the organization Harriet's Wildest Dreams

A Black-led abolitionist community defense hub centering all Black lives most at risk for state-sanctioned violence in the DC area.

Logo of the organization SACReD

January 2023

The Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity; a national alliance working to advance reproductive justice.

Logo of the organization Miriam's Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen
December 2023

A comprehensive approach to eliminating the housing crisis in Washington, D.C.