Adventures in Generosity

The occasionally coherent ramblings of a Stewardship Advisor in the Church of England

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Parish Funding Newsletter

Latest newsletter for Parish Giving Officers et al is available Parish Funding News January 2011.

Bit of a dry edition I’m afraid – much information about tax to be got out at this time of year (and especially this year !) , but feel free to nick any of the info for your own purposes if it will help.

Headline I guess is the end of Gift Aid Transitional Relief – if your PCC don’t already know this they need to know it now !

Conspiracy of Freedom

Was put onto this site yesterday by the ever lovely Changing Worship.  Fabulous videos asking some searching questions about the way we live today.  Thought provoking materials presented in an accesible format to really get the conversation started.

Hot off the press

Parish Giving Officers newsletter finally put to bed. 

A lot of the time managing PGO’s is a bit like blogging.  I try and produce something engaging, informative and attractive.  I sweat over phraseology, is it accesible ? is it trite ? does it inform, inspire and encourage.  Then when it’s finished off it goes out into the world and possibly straight into the bin. 

Parish Giving Officers are after all volunteers, with lives of their own (not to mention the several lives they are probably trying to manage at church – people who say yes invariably have umpteen other voluntary duties).  Whilst I sit here agonising that not enough parishes keep me informed about what they’re up to, it’s easy to forget that the parishes probably have better things to be doing than sending regular updates on their stewardship campaigns to me.

So, for what it’s worth, here it is. Parish Funding News Issue 1 September 2010. Hope you enjoy it, thanks for reading and, if you get a minute – give me a call – I’d love to hear what you’re up to and what is more, I need to nick your ideas !

Event news

Attended a ‘Community Cascade’ event today on ‘Resourcing your faith building’.

Have to admit a tad of scepticism before hand – CC is a partnership between all the CVS’s in West Yorks (thats councils for voluntary services to those fortunate enough not to have to know these things).

CVS’s not in my experience all that good at dealing with Faith organisations unless said groups keep fairly quite about the Faith in question.

However, an excellent and informative day.  Morning Workshop was on Energy Sustainability and was full of incredibly useful stuff on how to monitor, audit, manage and reduce energy costs.  The chap giving the presentation had experience of energy audits in churches so clearly had an understanding of the limits and idiosyncracies involved in historic and archaic buildings.  I will post his presentation up when I get a copy.

He’s also agreed to come to our Autumn Training day so watch this space.

Afternoon session was on Marketing – got some good pointers and materials but presenter seemed a bit phased by the whole ‘faith building’ thing – so no specific strategies there – and she managed to alienate half the room (the Anglican half anyway) by saying that our message should make it clear that ‘you’re not just safe and comfortable’ hmmmmmmmmm.

Back to work !

Following an incredibly succesful training day for Parish Giving Officers on Saturday I thought I’d upload the presentations.

1st is from Ian Gledhill – head of Charities at HM Revenue and Customs – and is all about Gift Aid  Ian Gledhill Gift Aid presentation.

Second is my own Planned giving toolkit workshop session – complete with my notes (please don’t laugh at my reminders to click !) which I didn’t really follow in the end. 

I should point out that I am very much standing on the shoulders of giants here.  The fundraising cycle stuff comes from Redmond Mullins excellent book ‘Fundraising Strategy’ and the workshop stuff is based around the extensive resources available from Giving in Grace  which I am encouraging my parishes to adopt –  no point reinventing any wheels.

Latest Updates

Just added a whole host of helpful links.

We’ve got resources for planning stewardship campaignsSpecial accounts to make your own personal giving simpler.  Study materials for individuals or house groups and one or two blogs for entertainment

Personal favourites at the minute are my good friends at Christians Against Poverty – awesome what they do to support those who get into financial trouble – especially at the moment.  If your church isn’t already engaged with them please take a look – they have a great financial training programme that you could deliver – brilliant outreach and at the same time a gentle way to reach out to those within your congregation who might just be suffering in silence.

New Presentation

Just finished updating this 

parish financial overview

after last nights Stewardship Campaign meeting.  May need amending again once the PCC have had time to mess with it some more.  Its a good one for discussing the state of the church finances as a whole congregation – compares the cost of running the church with the cost of living generally.

This particular PCC have asked for more graphs rather than the text that’s there now so I’ll update it when we’ve finished fiddling. 

For now, feel free to amend and let me know what you think.