About the Society
In 1786, ten congregational ministers and ten laymen petitioned the Massachusetts Legislature for incorporation as the Massachusetts Congregational Charitable Society, "to afford financial relief and support to the widows and children of deceased ministers.”
When Congregationalists and Unitarians split about 1825, the Society escaped division and still serves both denominations. Likewise, when Maine became a state in 1820, the Society still covered that territory. The Board was charged with “using and improving the capital” in order to continue to help people today.