Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Give as You Live - Free Money for Kerith Social Justice!

I think it's always going to be true that the majority of the money to fund all that Kerith does as a community will come from the direct giving of those who make up our church. In fact I think that's the way God intended it to be.

However, just as Paul added to his income by tent making, there is no reason that we can't as a church look at addition ways of funding what we do. We've done this for years now, from Melita's table top sales to raise money to build the Kerith Centre to the income we receive today from local authority funding of our respite care, grants we receive and money which comes in via the K4 shop and fashion show - all of it allows us to do more than we could do on our own.

James Evans, who heads up doing all our grant applications, recently found a new source of funding. It's via a scheme called Give as You Live, whereby every time you shop online with any one of a massive range of companies, Kerith will receive a portion of what you spend. The companies include everyone from Apple to Amazon to Tesco, and the great thing is that it doesn't cost you a penny. As an example Tesco will give Kerith 2.5% of whatever you spend on their website, so if you do a £100 grocery order then Kerith will get £2.50.

In order to start using the scheme you need to sign up here. James has also written a brilliant set of instructions which you can find here. You can also recommend other people, earning Kerith £5 when they first use the system.

There's no pressure on anyone to do this, and if you don't feel comfortable with it then that's fine, but from what I can see this could be a great way to bring some additional income to allow us to do even more.



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