Parish Giving Scheme
Welcome to the Parish Giving Scheme
The Diocese of Guildford has introduced a national planned giving scheme which aims to reduce the workload for parishes whilst increasing the giving potential.
STOP PRESS NEWS: Sixty-one of our parishes – plus Guildford Cathedral - have already registered to join the Scheme since the official launch in 2015.
Hard copies of all the materials below - plus the Donor Direct Debit Gift Form and PGS Token - are available from firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Juliet Evans on 01483 484923 / Jenny Parsons on 01483 484902.
The Parish Giving Scheme is a modern and efficient way of managing planned giving to your church. Tried and tested, this scheme will:
- Reduce the time your Treasurer and Gift Aid Secretaries need to spend on administration
- Improve cash flow through the efficient reclaiming of Gift Aid
- Overcome static giving with the option of donations automatically uplifted by inflation each year
- Offer an opportunity for parishes to re-engage people in thinking about their own level of financial generosity
How does the Scheme work?
- An introductory leaflet for donors is available here.
From April 2017 the PGS office will introduce a modified method of remitting money to PCC bank accounts, reducing the risk of a late refund of Gift Aid from HMRC. Please see below for more information.
The Parish Giving Scheme enables a planned giver to donate to any parish registered with the scheme. Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. They are collected by Direct Debit on the first day of the month. The donations are then passed on to the specific parish by the tenth of the month. The Gift Aid is then remitted to the parish once the PGS office has received the money from HMRC. The timing of the Gift Aid payment will accordingly vary each month.
Here's what the process looks like, based on an example gift of £50 a month:
The parish's nominated statement receiver will continue to receive a combined monthly report from the Parish Giving Scheme Administration Team listing donors, gifts and Gift Aid claimed
One of the biggest challenges faced by many churches is that of ‘static giving’. Churches, like every organisation and household, are affected by inflation, eroding the value of your gifts. The Parish Giving Scheme makes it easy for donors to agree, in principle, to increase their donation in line with inflation each year.
So far, nearly two thirds of donors participating in other dioceses have opted for this annual increase. If financial circumstances change, it is easy to decline or increase the inflationary uplift when the annual inflationary letter arrives. Gifts can also be increased or reduced at any time during the year by calling the Parish Giving Scheme Administration Team: 01452 835595
An opportunity to engage
As well as the benefits listed above, the introduction of such a Scheme offers a clear and excellent opportunity to engage people in thinking about levels of financial generosity. We will be recommending that a church needs to have recently held a stewardship initiative – or commit to one - alongside the implementation of the Parish Giving Scheme in their parish.
We recommend parishes to consider the highly successful Parish Funding Programme:
A range of excellent stewardship resources can also be found on the Giving in Grace website, run by the Diocese of Liverpool.
If you would like to know more about the Parish Giving Scheme please attend one of the information events advertised at the top of this page or contact Juliet Evans:
Diocesan Stewardship Adviser