Giving in the Diocese of Oxford is rising, which is very good news, but we’ve got some way to go before our giving levels are the same as most other dioceses. My role as Generous Giving Adviser has been created to help encourage more generous giving throughout the diocese and there’s four principal ways I am doing that:
- Providing intensive support to a small number of churches and deaneries as they develop and promote their giving plans and resources
- Curating materials and resources which parishes can use to develop a culture of generous giving and support funding initiatives
- Supporting the archdeaconry teams so that they can integrate giving within their mission plans
- Advising Bishops and other senior leaders on how to develop a vision and strategy that promotes generous giving
If you would like to discuss how I may be able to help you to encourage generous giving then do please contact me.
This part of the website will be updated over time with more resources and materials which may be useful but, for now, hopefully these will be of help to you.
Helping identify potential funders
The Diocese pays for the licence to access the ‘4 Community’ database which enables you to search for free for funders who may be interested in providing funding for your project. The database can be accessed here.
Alternatively, or in addition, you can access a directory of grant making trusts for churches here.
Helping encourage regular giving
We are expecting to introduce the parish giving scheme, which enables people to give by direct debit tax effectively and for their giving to rise in line with inflation if they so wish. It significantly reduces the administration of giving, and has been very successful in raising giving levels in other dioceses in the UK. The diocese will be paying for the licence to use the Parish Giving Scheme and we are looking for a small number of parishes or benefices to adopt the scheme before it is formally launched later in the year. If you would be interested in doing this, then please contact me.
Helping rural parishes
We will be developing resources specifically to address the challenges that rural parishes face. The giving guide for small or rural parishes is definitely worth a look in the meantime.
Helping find funding resources
The Parish Resources website has heaps of information on how to encourage generous giving. Programmes, leaflets, films, sermon outlines and much more including really useful links to other websites such as the excellent Giving in Grace website. There’s also specific guides on how to encourage and set up different forms of giving.