The Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund
Reg Charity No. 247954
The Outreach Fund is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Church worldwide and is generated by offerings across the diocese, particularly at ordinations, confirmations, collations, institutions and licensing.
Through the fund, the bishop is able to respond to a wide range of requests for help, in areas such as humanitarian need, Christian education, training and mission.
In 2021, the fund received gifts totalling £9,000 (significantly down from previous years due to COVID-19) and made a total of £24,000 in donations. These donations have supported 18 projects, groups and charities. Within the diocese, grants were made amongst others to support the Young Christian Climate Network pilgrimage to COP26, Church at Home, Discovering Prayer, The Porch Appeal, and ODBE School Leaders Training.
Guided by the diocesan Partnership in World Mission team, our support for projects overseas included Congo Church Association, Christian Aid, Crosslinks, CMS, Manna, Embrace the Middle East, Latin Link, Mission to Seafarers, Mothers' Union, Tearfund and USPG.
Gift Aid and banking
Gifts to the Outreach Fund can benefit considerably from donors making Gift Aid declarations. Registered charities can reclaim income tax at the basic rate from gifts made by tax payers, provided that the donors have made a declaration accompanying their gift. For every £1 donated by tax payers who use the envelopes, the Outreach Fund can then recover 25p from HM Revenue and Customs.
You can significantly augment the value of gifts to the Outreach Fund by providing your congregation with Gift Aid envelopes specially printed for the Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund. These can be ordered from:
The Diocesan Generous Giving Advisor: 01865 208 757 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Please follow these steps to enable the Fund to benefit from Gift Aid and to arrange the banking and transfer of the offertory:
Most places of worship place the special Gift Aid envelopes in each order of service booklet, enabling donors to decide whether to make a declaration. Increasingly churches are distributing the envelopes a week or so prior to the service so that church members can think and pray about their offering.
Many churches have pens available in their pews so that such envelopes can be filled in. Donors who are UK taxpayers should place their gifts in the Gift Aid envelopes; each donor should clearly record their surname and initials, current address, postcode and the date. Members of the congregation who are not taxpayers can respond by either placing their offering in the envelope without filling in the front or by placing it in the offertory plate.
After the service, the offerings should be counted, and the amount given recorded by hand on each donor’s envelope. All the offertory money should then be banked as normal.
The banked offertory money can be sent by:
Cheque, payable to ODBF Administered Fund, with covering note stating it is for the Bishop's Outreach Fund, or by;
Direct bank transfer; please ensure that you list both the word OUTREACH and your PARISH NAME as the payment reference to ensure the correct allocation of funds (e.g OUTREACH/ [PARISH NAME]).
Bank Name: NatWest
Account Name: ODBF Admin Fund
Sort Code: 60-03-57
Account Number: 7882 6411
Please post the donors’ empty envelopes (and cheque) to the address below so that tax can be recovered on these gifts. Tax cannot be reclaimed unless the donors’ emptied envelopes are returned.
The Finance Administrator
Church House Oxford
Any spare envelopes can be saved for another service or passed onto other local churches for their use at similar services.
Last but certainly not least, a very big thank you for your help in the administration of this collection.