Giving latest

On this page you will find the latest information, advice and support for giving.  If you are looking for the latest information on grants available, please visit our Grant Funding Latest webpage.

Webinars - Online Giving & Contactless, Gift Aid, Generosity & Giving Reviews, Legacies, Parish Buying, Building a Generous Church for Clergy & laity

The national church is offering a number of free webinars to parishes (free online talks in place of those we are currently unable to offer face to face).  NOTE there are some new dates, including some early evening.

Visit the national church website for more information.

Receiving Online Gifts

Setting up and receiving online gifts, encouraging online giving, communicating with your community.

  • 16 April 2021, 12.00 noon

Online giving – Sharing your giving message online

Setting up your church online giving account is an excellent first step – share it with your community and encourage people to give – through your website, social media, e-newsletters and A Church Near You.

  • 15 April 2021, 12.00 noon
  • 13 May 2021, 2.00 pm

Getting started with Contactless giving

Introducing contactless giving can feel intimidating, but there is a lot of support – hear about the different solutions on Parish Buying and how to choose the best one for your church.

  • 21 April 2021, 2:30 pm

Getting the most out of your Contactless unit

Please note the webinar on 22 April 2021 has been cancelled, as a lot of the information is covered in the ‘Getting started with Contactless giving’ webinar.

Getting the most out of Give A Little online fundraising

A simple and affordable online giving service for churches, to broaden your giving base.

  • 14 April 2021, 6.00 pm
  • 11 May 2021, 10.30 am

Getting started with Legacy giving

Many supporters would like to know how they could leave a gift in their Will to your church but many do not know who to speak to – how to make information available.

  • 27 April 2021, 3.00 pm

Communicating Legacy giving in your church

Learn how to create legacy giving marketing materials to show how your church could benefit from future gifts and encourage people to leave a gift in their Will to your church.

  • 17 May 2021 11.00 am

The webinar on 29 April 2021 is being rescheduled – revised date to follow.

Introduction to the Generosity Toolkit

Giving should be wholly integrated within the Christian life.  The Generosity Toolkit is a resource for your PCC to reflect on your shared experience of generosity in the life of your church.

  • 19 April 2021, 2.30 pm

Why People Give (and why some don’t)

What motivates different Anglican givers to give?  How do they give?  What are the barriers to giving?

  • 12 April 2021, 11.00 am

Building a Successful Generosity Fika

A Fika is a half day programme for small groups to explore God’s generosity to us, Biblical generosity and generosity around the world.  Through short films, reflections and discussion, we can be inspired and encouraged to live more generous lives.  An effective way to develop a generous culture within your church.

  • 13 April 2021, 10.30 am
  • 17 May 2021, 2.00 pm

Introduction to Gift Aid and the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

  • 13 May 2021, 12.00 am

How to Run a Giving Review

An annual giving review enables your PCC to check that your parish is following good practice in giving as well as providing you with an action plan.

  • 7 May 2021, 11.30am

Saving money and increasing income with Parish Buying

Parish Buying helps you save time and money on products and services, which can be spent on your church’s mission and ministry.

  • 26 April 2021, 12.00 noon

Revd Martha Weatherill equips clergy and laity with the necessary tools and knowledge to build a generous church:

Giving in the Wider Community

  • 28 April 2021, 10.00 am

Theology of Giving

  • 5 May 2021, 2.30 pm

Tales of Generosity – using story telling (Zoom meeting)

  • 20 May 2021, 2.30 pm

What does our Congregation think about giving?

  • 10 May 2021, 11.00 am

For more information and to book any of the webinars, visit the Church of England website, fill in your details to register and you will receive details of how to join the talk.

You can still watch the Online Giving webinar  recorded on 12 May 2020, covering setting up and receiving online donations, encouraging online donations and communicating with your community.

Webinars from Ecclesiastical on Fundraising; and Stewardship Dial-in for Trustees & Treasurers

Stewardship: Trustee and Treasurer Quarterly Dial-in

Watch a recording of the dial-in of 4 February 2021 and download the slides, covering: Update to the Exception Regulations for churches; Risk management and how to assess risk in churches and charities; Updates from the Charity Commission; Reserves – holding too much or too little; Charity fraud.

Stewardship’s next dial-in free webinar will be on Thursday 24 June at 1.00 pm, for anyone involved in financial stewardship of any church or charity.

Stewardship’s training and events

Ecclesiastical: Top tips to continue fundraising for your church during COVID-19 and beyond

Ecclesicatical Insurance Group has recorded a church fundraising webinar including lots of tips and advice for churches.

Generosity Week

The National Giving Team has produced some resources and materials which can be used over the course of a week, to encourage people to live generously – to thank God for all he has given us, to think and reflect.  The resources can be used at any time of year.  We hope your church will join in and share this time to grow our understanding of God’s generosity and how it enriches our daily lives.

The Generosity Week includes a week of free resources running from Sunday to Sunday:-

  • Service Content packs with a range of materials for two Sunday services, one on generosity and one on gratitude
  • Liturgy for a week’s morning prayer services for services in person or online
  • 8 daily audio reflection podcasts for congregation members
  • A small group study session with a guide for leaders, including a Biblical reflection and discussion questions based on the material from one of the Sunday services.

The resources are available on the national parishes resources website.

Giving by Card & Contactless

As many people no longer carry cash, the national church has been exploring ways for churches to offer card/contactless.  A number of devices are available through Parish Buying at discounted rates, which you can view if you register with Parish Buying.  Contactless/card giving does not replace regular donations by Standing Order or regular envelopes.  It is an additional option for one-off gifts, visitors, wedding guests, etc, as well as marriage banns, hall hire fees, etc.  Cash giving typically stays level but churches receive additional gifts.  A guide to some of the card readers available with guidance for parishes, plus a price comparison document, are downloadable below.

The GBx Mini Stand bundle includes the GBx Mini suitable for over-the-phone donations plus Chip & Pin and contactless plus accessories for touch-free giving – GBx Mini stand, spare battery and security lock for safe unattended fundraising.  Cost: £150 for Parish Buying members.

The GoodPlate bundle includes a GBx Mini in a brass collection plate, spare battery and custom display stand for no-touch giving.  Cost: £200 for Parish Buying members.

Gift Aid plus an Important Update on GASDS (Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme)

HMRC has confirmed that multiple small donations handed over together are still eligible for the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) even if the total is over £30 and this will continue into the future – as long as the charity or church official is satisfied the money is from separate small donations.

HMRC confirmed in January 2021 that this is still acceptable; it was not unique to the pandemic and it was also not a concession; provided the treasurer was satisfied that the pile of cash received was multiple small donations which happened to be in one envelope, then they could claim GASDS subject to the normal rules.  The cap on eligible cash and contactless donations remains at £8,000.

So if a church member puts £200 cash in an envelope and marks it as 10 weeks of £20 weekly donations for the occasions where they have not been able to make a regular cash offering, HMRC would be happy for the church to regard them as eligible donations under GASDS.  10 separate envelopes with up to £30 in each could also be included where these are clearly separate donations.

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme enables churches to claim under either the main top-up amount (for single church parishes) or under the community buildings amount for each church (for parishes with more than one church).  The threshold is £8,000 of eligible donations per year.

With effect from 6 April 2019, donations of up to and including £30 (up from £20 prior to this date) can be claimed under the GASDS, which brings it in line with the maximum Contactless amount, so all Contactless donations can be included from this date.  Note that any donations made using Chip and Pin up to £30 and over are not eligible for GASDS but can be included in Gift Aid if eligible.

Churches and charities are strongly encouraged to use full forenames on Gift Aid Declarations, because HMRC is looking to see an improvement in the number of claims including full forenames to help with their eligibility checks.

A Gift Aid Guide may be downloaded from our Gift Aid page giving detailed information about how to run Gift Aid and the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and make claims.

Certifying your church as an excepted charity

When applying for grant funding and setting up new online giving accounts, churches will often be asked to provide evidence of their charitable status (i.e. a registered charity number).  Most churches are “Excepted Charities” and are therefore not registered with the Charity Commission.  In order to provide such evidence churches can now download a PDF that includes their name, address and church code.  This PDF, which is an extract from the Church of England’s database of churches, can serve as a certificate for churches requiring proof of their charity status when making applications.  The certificate is available in the “More Information” section of your church’s page on A Church Near You.

Giving and Funding News

For treasurers, planned giving promoters, Gift Aid secretaries, clergy and others. Download the most recent newsletter plus past issues below.

Honorary Stewardship Advisers

We are looking for volunteers to join our team of Honorary Stewardship Advisers to work with parishes to help them encourage generous giving to our churches. An outline of the role description is downloadable from the bottom of this page. Contact Sue to find out more.

Who to contact

As always, for any queries and support with Giving or Funding please contact Gary Watson or Sue Whitehead

Downloads

Giving and Funding News - January 2021

Giving and Funding News - October 2021

Changing the way we give - April 2020