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.
Giving and Funding News
For treasurers, planned giving promoters, Gift Aid secretaries, clergy and others. Download the most recent newsletter plus past issues below.
Giving Study Sheets
A series of sheets suitable for home groups to prompt discussion around giving may be found on our Talks, sermons and study sheets page.
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.
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 during Advent or 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.
The national giving team suggests 3 ways for churches to grow giving, through online giving, QR codes and contactless, for use at Christmas and beyond.
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.
The National Stewardship Team at the Church of England has held a number of one-hour Online Giving webinars, covering setting up and receiving online donations, encouraging online donations and communicating with your community.
You can still watch the Online Giving webinar that was recorded on 12 May 2020.
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.
During lockdown and the closure of our buildings, many churches will have seen their income drop significantly. This is most commonly due to a combination of lack of cash-giving at services and the inability to generate income through usual events and activities that happen in and around our churches..
Easyfundraising is a really valuable tool that can help your church in two ways:
Online Donation Platform
A free platform for your church to receive donations from those supporting your church. Donors can use a debit/credit card to make a donation. (Transaction Fee of 1.4% + 20p).
Donors can make a gift aid declaration with their donation and details will be sent to your administrator so it can be included in your usual claim.
A handy button is provided for your website or social media pages to take people directly to your donation page.
Online Fundraising Service
Your supporters can raise free funds for your church when they shop online using easyfundraising. These funds come in the form of a donation from retailers when supporters complete a transaction on their website.
A single supporter usually generates an average of £30 in retailer donations per year when they shop online (groceries, entertainment, furniture, insurance etc).
There are no costs or fees to use the fundraising service.
To create your free easyfundraising account please click here and enter your church’s details.
Step-By-Step guides are available on the diocesan website to take you through how to do this and also how to configure your account. Click here to find out more.
If you stay up to date with the information we include on the diocesan website then you’ll already be aware of a new fundraising tool that we are recommending to all our parishes and their supporters – easyfundraising.
Easyfundraising is an online shopping tool that generates donations from online retailers for your chosen cause, every time you place an online order. See more information on how it works.
Most retailers offer fairly small donations of between 0.5 – 3% of your order value; however, online insurers usually offer larger donations of between £10 – £25 for each new policy. So, if you shop around for insurance when it comes to renewal, then read on to see one example of how this has worked for a church in Bath & Wells . . .
“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 recently started out using easyfundraising 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 in May 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). If your insurer doesn’t participate directly with easyfundraising, you can still generate a donation from a comparison website instead. As an example, ‘GoCompare’ offer a donation of up to £15 for policies purchased through their website (other comparison websites are also available and as a diocese we are not endorsing any specific provider).
It is also useful to install the donation reminder tool from easyfundraising so that when you’re browsing online, a small notification appears when you visit a retailer’s website which offers a donation. Simply click the button in the reminder and you’ll be eligible for any donation generated when you place an order.
Take a look at our webpage on Online Fundraising and Donations to find out more.
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 has 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, it is happy to accept 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.
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.
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.