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When we give… we give LIFE.
Regular committed giving by church members enables the church to carry out God’s mission in the world. Church and charitable giving gives new life, new vision, new hope. In this diocese we strive to be a resilient, dynamic and transforming gospel presence in and around Gloucestershire, empowering people and communities to lead authentic and faithful lives in a rapidly changing world.
The Church of England in and around Gloucestershire breathes new hope and life into its communities realized through the generosity of all who donate. The impact of peoples generosity is most visible through the 325 parishes who serve a population of over 600,000 people. Transforming lives both in big and small ways, but always meaningful.
Our Churches today have the broadest possible mission. They seek to journey with their community together facing the new demands of our rapidly changing world, whilst holding firm to the traditions and rootedness which our communities so value. Often being the last or only public building in the community, bringing people together in times of joy and sorrow, to celebrate and remember. This is the Churches way of expressing Gods love for the entire community which it serves. In addition we are blessed by being guardians to part of our country’s heritage, of which some Churches are internationally renowned and loved.
It is the generous giving of those who value and support the Churches work which underpins all its work. Today the Church of England in this diocese and beyond relies enormously on individual giving. Over 60% of the Church of England’s total income comes from individual regular giving, at parish level this can account for up to 85% of their income.
In this diocese we take the subject of Giving seriously and have lots of advice and guidance for those who wish to donate to support their Church and for those who lead parishes and wish to create a culture of generosity and giving within their community.
How you can support your Church
If you wish to support your Parish Church through a regular gift or legacy there are several ways you can do this. Talk to your Vicar, Parish Treasurer, Gift Aid Officer or Church Warden, they should be able to provide you with the relevant material to get you started. These officers are best contacted through your parish church, but if you have difficulty in locating their information please email for further assistance.
Churches are charities and can recover the basic-rate tax paid on donations made by donors who are taxpayers (but only with permission from the taxpayer). The system is easy to set up and operate.
- The donor must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for a tax year (6 April to 5 April) at least equal to the tax repayment claimed on their donations by all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to whom the donor donates in that tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.
- Donations left to a charity in a Will cannot be Gift Aided. However any interest (with tax deducted) which may accrue to the Estate before the donation is paid can be claimed back. Click Gifts in Wills to learn more on this method of Giving. It is the responsibility of individual parish Treasurers to claim Gift Aid back from HMRC on all eligible donations. See links below for further guidance.
Should your parish offer the Parish Giving Scheme then donors who donate using this method will have their Gift Aid reclaimed on your parishes behalf through the scheme. This is then returned to the parish along with the donor’s donation, within ten working days of the donation date.
Go to http://www.parishresources.org.uk/giftaid/ for the latest information on Gift Aid, fact sheets for new Gift Aid Officers and information on how to make the most of Gift Aid.