Capital Appeal Information


IonaAbbeyGenerations of people have been touched by the varied and vital work of the Iona Community – work we want to ensure continues to be a present day reality and not simply history. This is especially true of our presence in the Abbey on Iona.

“Guests and staff alike, from many different backgrounds and countries, return home from their time in the Abbey with their horizons extended, their lives enriched, new friendships made, their commitment strengthened: long may this continue!” Rev’d Norman Shanks – former leader of the Iona Community

The Abbey is beloved by many, but is showing its age and its limitations. It is time to reevaluate and re-assess what we offer in the way of accommodations to guests and staff. Wide consultation and feedback have identified key issues about the building’s accessibility, flexibility and sustainability. These must be addressed in the next five years if the Abbey is to remain fit to its purpose – to welcome pilgrims, strengthening their own individual and corporate commitment to working for peace and social justice, worship renewal and rebuilding of community.

The Iona Community has commissioned Tiree-based Roots Design Workshop to draw up proposals for reconfiguration of the existing accommodation in the Abbey.  As a result of the survey, we have been made acutely aware of the critical need to carry out these works.

In partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, we will ensure that active use of this iconic building is safeguarded for the future.

The project

3-rtThe key areas of work required to welcome people of all physical abilities are:

  • new level access and doors.
  • installation of an elevator to the second floor accommodations.
  • reconfiguration of the refectory to create an inviting and accessible communal space.
  • room-4-2-300x267improved kitchen and servery facilities.
  • provision of new toilets and showers.
  • reconfiguration of bedrooms for single or twin occupancy.
  • enhanced lighting and design in corridors to aid access and mobility.
  • improved insulation and installation of a new heating system.

These improvements will enable the Iona Community to provide facilities which match our hospitality. They will also enable us to extend the guest season, to welcome more people and to improve financial sustainability across the organisation.  

The rebuilding of the Abbey captured the hearts and minds of a previous generation. To keep alive their legacy we must invest in the future. We invite you to be part of this challenging venture. We seek your assistance to raise the £2.5 million (approx $3.25 million) required to undertake this project. There are many ways for you to be involved and help in raising these vital funds.

We welcome individual and corporate donations or would be delighted to discuss contributions towards specific elements of the development. Your donations are vital to the success of the planned works.

To learn more about how you can participate in this effort, contact the Iona Community New World Foundation treasurer, Phyllis Ives. To view, download or print a copy of the Campaign Brochure (for donors living in the United States), Click Here for Brochure

Email:  Phone: 207-677-3203

“In a world where Madeline L’Engle lamented, “Christians have given Christianity a bad name”, the Iona Community presents a positive witness to biblically-rooted, socially progressive faith. We are delighted to help strengthen that witness by supporting the renewal of the Community’s island presence, furthering its outreach.” – Carol Myers (USA)

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To make your contribution tax deductible in the U.S., please send payments to the Iona Community New World Foundation, a 501(c)3 non profit organization. 100% of all contributions go to the Iona Abbey capital project.

Mail your contributions to:

Iona Community New World Foundation
C/O Kirkridge
2495 Fox Gap Rd,
Bangor PA 18013