14 May 2020
During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we will be regularly updating this page with the latest Giving and Fundraising news.
National Church Free Webinar – Encouraging Online Giving
The National Stewardship Team are continuing to offer free webinars aimed at helping churches to encourage online giving.
The next Webinar will be taking place on Tuesday 19th May at 11.00am and will last about an hour.
For anyone who is unable to attend, the last webinar which took place on Tues 12th May was recorded and can be viewed online.
Generous Giving Short Film – available for all churches
The National Stewardship Team have created a short animated film for use during virtual services, meetings and on social media aimed at encouraging people to give. The film is accessed and customised on A Church Near You so editors can add their own church name and donation details.
The new Giving button on achurchnearyou.com
Further to last weeks’ news about the new giving page included on A Church Near You, Nic Jenni from the National Stewardship Team has created a short instructional video (about 4 minutes) explaining how to make use of the new donate button.
How I raised £35 in 30 minutes for my local church through easyfundraising!
Gary Watson, Giving & Funding Adviser for the diocese writes….
“I’m a great believer in practising what I preach, so I started out using easyfundraising last week to support my local parish church in Woolavington and discovered a really helpful way to raise significant donations for the church with very little effort!
“Both my wife and I needed to re-insure our cars this month so I headed off to a comparison website to see who’d be cheapest this year (it’s well known now that insurance companies DO NOT reward their customers’ loyalty with reduced premiums so I always shop around when it comes to renewing our insurance). Within 5 minutes I had a list of quotes to choose from so I headed to easyfundraising.org.uk to see if my chosen provider offered a retailer donation. It did, £17.50 actually, so I clicked the link to take me to their website and bought the policy. Within 2 hours I had an email confirming my insurer had provided a donation of £17.50.
Not only was I able to save money on my renewal premium, I was able to raise a decent donation for the church too. I was so impressed, I did it all again for my wife’s car and raised another £17.50. Altogether the process took me 30 minutes and raised £35 for St Mary’s!
Obviously, it’s worth pointing out that not all insurers offer a donation of that size (or at all) so if this is the case, then you can generate a donation from the comparison website instead. GoCompare offer a donation of £15 for policies purchased through their website…
It’s also useful to install the donation reminder tool from easyfundraising so that when you’re browsing online, a small notification will appear if you go onto a retailer’s website who offer a donation. You can then click a single button in the reminder and you’ll be eligible for any donation generated when you place an order.
I’m definitely recommending that churches use this really simple tool to generate a new source of much needed income.
Take a look at our webpage on Online Fundraising and Donations to find out more.
An Important Update on GASDS (Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme)
Following many enquiries from parishes around the country regarding the impact on income resulting from not being able to collect cash and contactless gifts during the lockdown, HMRC have now confirmed that where churches normally make use of the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme (GASDS) in relation to small gifts given in weekly envelopes, they are happy to accept gift aid claims for separate weekly envelopes containing £30 or less given when Church buildings re-open or multiple gifts given in one envelope with a declaration stating how much was donated each week and the relevant dates.
Ecclesiastical – Movement for Good Awards
500 x £1,000 prizes on offer
Last week, Ecclesiastical launched their £1m Movement for Good awards. “We’re proud to be giving back to the communities we serve and championing the issues that really matter to them, especially in this time of need – working together to build a movement for good.”
The awards are specifically aimed at eligible charities, including those who are exempt from registration in the UK and Republic of Ireland, and are designed to provide financial assistance to help them make a real difference. A total of 500 prizes of £1,000 will be awarded in this phase of funding.
To get your charity into the draw, visit the Movement for Good website. Click ‘Nominate a charity now’ and enter your details.
The closing date for nominations is Sunday 24 May 2020
As this is a prize draw scheme, the more nominations a charity gets, the greater its chance of receiving a £1,000 prize, so start spreading the word! The 500 winning charities will be selected at random after the closing date.
A second phase of giving will happen later this summer.
Online Giving Resources & Low Cost Online Donations Tool with SumUp
The National Church team have published a very helpful guide on the Parish Resources website which provide lots of useful information on Encouraging Online Giving.
There is also a separate guide on Parish Buying which details products and services available to churches to help with online giving.
Online Donations under £40
The team have also worked with SumUp to provide a reduced-cost online donations tool which will be free of all transaction charges for the month of May. After that it will be the lowest-cost giving platform available for online donations under £40. You do not need to use a SumUp device to use this tool as it is all online but for churches who already have a SumUp device or are planning to purchase one in the future (cost is around £20), it will helpfully bring all of your contactless and online giving into one low-cost product
Additionally, they are fully funding the facility for churches to be able to claim gift aid on any applicable donations made through this platform until the end of 2020. After that charges may apply.
Online Donations over £40
For online donations over £40 we recommend using the online donations tool provided by EasyFundraising. Take a look at our webpage on Online Fundraising and Donations to find out more.
In addition to the online donations tool, EasyFundraising also provides the facility to raise FREE FUNDS for your church when your supporters shop online. If your church hasn’t already registered for this then we’d recommend doing this as soon as possible (see the information on the above page of our website for more details).
Registration is quick and easy and EasyFundraising provide a variety of tools and content for email, social media, websites and parish magazines to help you promote your cause to potential supporters and raise much needed funds for your church.
As always, for any queries and support with Giving or Funding please contact Gary Watson