Other forms of giving


Legacies are a lifeline for parishes. Each year around 5,000 people leave a gift in their will to a Church of England parish. In total, parishes receive around £50 million in legacy gifts each year – gifts to finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities.

For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God. It is also a way to make a lasting difference to the future of their church and community.

Parish Resources have produced guidance and resources to help parishes encourage and receive legacy gifts here.

Free Will Writing and Discount Writing Schemes

There are several low-cost solicitor wills as well as individual and charity-based schemes available. Click here to view the national Church of England guidance document on Free Will Writing and Discount Writing Schemes.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a government policy that enables tax-efficient giving by individuals to charities in the UK. It is a valuable source of income for your parish, which can increase donations received under the scheme by 25%.

More information can be found on the Parish Resources website. Further guidance is on the HMRC website.

The Diocesan Finance team can also support you with Gift Aid. More information can be accessed by contacting the Diocesan Gift Aid Support Officer, Sarah Hewitt on [email protected] or by phone on 01353 652707.

Up-to-date information and advice on operation of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) during COVID-19 can be found on the Charity Tax Group website here.

Giving for Life - Continuing the Journey

Giving for Life helps parishes review their approach to issues of stewardship and generosity, within a context of discipleship.

Following a survey of more than 1,100 parishes, it is clear that most parishes have made real progress in adopting proven good practice over the past few years.

For more information please visit the Parish Resources website here.

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