Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve You as You deserve; to give and not to count the cost. — Ignatius of Loyola, Jesuit founder

The Generous Giving team seeks to help churches across the diocese to embrace a life of Christ-like generosity, by changing both the way in which people give and how much they give.

News and events


Giving Conference – Greyfriars, Reading – Saturday 9th February 2019

Following the success of the first Giving Conference in Oxford last year, we hosted another Giving Conference in Reading at the weekend. Topics included the Parish Giving Scheme, legacy giving, contactless giving and grant-making trust funding.

For copies of the presentations, please see below:

Parish Giving Scheme

Legacy funding

Generosity Fika

Contactless Giving

Grant-making trusts

Parish Giving Scheme


The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) has been developed by the Church of England as a way of encouraging greater generosity within churches. It is a 21st century solution to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income, namely static giving.

To find out more, click here.

Contactless donations


“We’re aware that younger generations — and there are many people now who don’t carry cash — want to give in different ways. Enabling them to give in a way that suits people is something we’d like to try.”
John Preston, National Stewardship & Resources officer, Financial Times, 23 June 2017


Churches in the diocese can now purchase card readers and contactless donation units at discounted rates through the Parish Buying website.

There are several different options available and it is important to consider which type of unit would be most appropriate for your church or parish.

Attended units

A card reader is a small device which works alongside a smart phone or tablet. When someone wants to pay or donate, an app is opened on the phone or tablet, and it will the talk to the card reader using Bluetooth. The payment can then be made using the Chip and PIN function, or a contactless tap.

Unattended units

Unattended units are self-service devices allowing a donation to be made. There are three categories available:

• App-based units
• Table top units
• Large donation points

The units vary in price – depending on size and features. The table top units can be used without a mobile or Wi-Fi signal, making them ideal for churches in rural locations.

For more information, visit the Parish Buying website. Please note that you will need to register for an account in order to access pricing information.

Legacy giving


Legacies form a vital funding stream for many charities and increasingly the local church can be a beneficiary of the generosity of former members. PCCs are encouraged to have a legacy policy and to make information about legacies available in the church.

The National Stewardship team have developed a simple, four-step guide to encourage legacy giving in your church:

• Request a legacy toolkit
• Draft a legacy policy
• Make legacy literature available
• Share your story

For more information, visit the Parish Resources page on Legacy Giving or contact the National Legacy and Funding Officer, Eleanor Stead

Funding capital projects


If you wish to search for funders who may be interested in providing funding for your project, a good place to start is with the Charitable Grants for Churches directory. The latest version is available here.

The diocese also has a user licence for Trustfunding.org.uk – a searchable database listing over 4,000 grant-making charitable trusts. To find out more, please contact the Generous Giving team.

Finally, the Parish Resources website offers a set of guidelines to help parishes raise funds for large fundraising appeals (building projects). The Good Practice Group – established by the National Stewardship Committee – has put together 12 Funding Guides to take you through the various stages of developing and delivering a large fundraising project.

External links

The Good Exchange is a not-for-profit, cloud-based platform designed to help match organisations and individuals who have money to give to good causes to those who need it most. One application form is shared with many different potential funders, saving considerable time and effort. There is also the possibility of matched funding grants.

Action Planning is a specialist consultancy for charities and other not-for-profit organisations, with a particular specialism in Christian charities and churches, that offers expert help and advice on fundraising for major capital appeals. To enquire about a fundraising feasibility study for your capital project, contact David Saint on 01737 814758 or email office@actionplanning.co.uk

Resources


Living Generously

The Diocese of Oxford has produced seven reflections on the theme of living generously, based on the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet.

You can download them in pdf format here, or to request printed copies, please email generosity@oxford.anglican.org


Giving Checklist

The Giving Checklist enables churches to review how effective they are at encouraging giving within the church, during the service, on their website and on social media. We recommend that reviews are undertaken by the PCC, or by a relevant sub-group, such as the stewardship committee.

For help or advice on undertaking a review of your church’s giving, please contact the Generous Giving team.


Resources for rural parishes

During 2019, we plan to develop resources aimed at addressing the specific financial challenges faced by rural parishes. Meanwhile, we recommend the giving guide for small or rural parishes, available from the Parish Resources website.

See also Rural parishes


Other generous giving resources

The Parish Resources website has lots of information on how to encourage generous giving in your church. There are specific guides on how to encourage and set up different forms of giving, as well as examples of programmes, leaflets, films and sermon outlines.

The Giving in Grace website features comprehensive resources to help churches develop a rounded approach to biblically-based stewardship and create a culture of generous giving.

For further information, contact Julie Jones on generosity@oxford.anglican.org or telephone 01865 208288.