Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Generous Gift Days - Online Giving

We're in the middle of our Generous Gift Days, where we're hoping to raise £100,000, all of which we'll then give away locally, nationally or internationally.

I realise that lots of us now give online using internet banking, rather than putting cash or cheques in the Sunday offering. In fact only about 22% of the money we receive in offerings comes in on a Sunday - the rest comes via various different forms of bank transfer (stand orders, website giving and a host of various other ways). I know for lots of us it will be simpler to give to the Gift Day online rather either last Sunday or this coming Sunday - if that's you we want to make giving as simple as possible.

There are two different ways you can give to the gift day online:

  1. Follow this link to go to a web page where you can give using a debit or credit card.
  2. Do a direct bank transfer using your own bank's online banking tools. You'll need our bank details which you can find here, and either put "Gift Day" in the reference field in the banks online form, or send an email to our accounts team to let them know your giving is for the gift day.

Whichever way you give, if you're a UK taxpayer and haven't done so already please complete the Gift Aid declaration on one of our giving envelopes, or use the online form. This allows us to claim back 25p from the government for every £1 you give - how cool is that!

I wanted to be sure that those of us who might be considered to be some of the core of Kerith, the elders, trustees and staff, were doing our part in helping us achieve our £100,000 target, and were leading by example. I therefore asked that group of people to let the accounts team know what they were hoping to give. So far 18 people have responded, and have pledged to give over £14,000 between them. If that level of generosity was repeated across our community we should easily reach the £100,000 target!

A huge thank you to everyone who has already given, and to all who are planning to give over the next week. It's going to be amazing over the coming year to hear the impact our generosity has made both in the UK and overseas.

Hope you're having a great week,

Simon.

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