Self-Reliance Services/Perpetual Education Fund

Important message

The generosity of donors has led to sufficient levels of donated funds to the Perpetual Education Fund.

As a result, donors are encouraged to select other categories for their ongoing donations. Because many donate online, the Perpetual Education Fund has been removed from online donation forms. It will remain available for donations processed in wards and branches.

With millions of Church members worldwide, it is not surprising to find members in many locations who lack the spiritual and temporal necessities of life—yet who are actively yearning for the ability to provide for themselves and their families.

Since 2014 the Church has opened more than 1,100 Self-Reliance Resource Centers in or near stake centers. The historic Perpetual Education Fund is one component of this exciting new internationally focused Self-Reliance Services initiative that is operating in 75 countries.

Local priesthood leaders invite members to join self- reliance groups in which they support each other in learning and living essential principles of spiritual and temporal self-reliance. In addition, participants learn how to start and grow their own businesses, develop interview skills that can lead to new jobs, or create an education plan that may include a loan. As a result, their hope increases and they develop new skills for a better life.

Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. -Marion G. Romney, Quoted by Thomas S. Monson in “Guiding Principles of Personal and Family Welfare,” Ensign, September 1986