Newly Added Resources

Introduction to fundraising for small Christian charities

Many small or new charities have no experience or expertise in fundraising and they don’t know where to start. Good fundraising consultants who understand the Christian sector are often expensive and reasonably rare. Often fundraising is the responsibility of a chair of trustees or CEO who has little or no previous fundraising experience. So this resource introduces readers to:

  • Methods of fundraising and types of donor and donation

  • Information to give potential donors 

  • Initial actions to get you underway

  • The place of prayer in Christian fundraising

  • Signposts to more in depth fundraising resources and training.

A balanced portfolio for church mission support 
This resource is to help churches review the balance in their support of mission activity beyond the church. It suggests a method for analysing and reviewing how a church budget is allocated across different types of mission and ministry: locally, nationally and globally. Often support of new projects or organisations are added without considering the overall balance of the “portfolio”. So here’s a way to help the mission committee, leadership team, church council, or diaconate (or a group by another name with this responsibility) to evaluate whether the mission portfolio has the balance they intend. It uses the same principle that you’d use with any investment ie that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
A balanced portfolio for personal giving

This resource is to help you review the balance of your giving, including to your local church and support of mission activity beyond the church. It suggests a method for analysing and reviewing how your giving might be allocated across different types of mission and ministry: locally, nationally and globally. 

It’s so easy to add new projects or organisations to your giving without considering the overall balance of the “portfolio”. So here’s a way to help you evaluate whether your personal giving has an appropriate balance. It uses the same principle that you’d use with any investment ie that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Considerations for a Charity Merger

Here’s a brief heads up to help you grasp the likely scope and implications of exploring a charity merger. It’s primarily for trustees and senior charity staff who are considering a merger but have never been involved in one before and want to know where to start.

 

A Framework for Trustee Inductions

An outline of the aims and content for a trustee induction session, trustee induction pack and trustee training handout. The resource includes downloadable pdfs which can be adapted for your charity. This is for:

  • Chair of trustees, company secretary or whoever is responsible for trustee inductions.

  • New trustees who may find it helpful as a checklist of what they need to know.

This version of the resource is written primarily for a UK audience.

A Giving Strategy for Churches

Many churches struggle with balancing the books and with inspiring their congregation about giving. This eight point approach was developed in two large churches in the UK. It emphasises the importance of a vision and mission for the church that is understood and owned by the congregation. It also recognises that giving isn’t just about money, it includes time, talents, practical service and prayer. It’s written for:

  • Ministers and treasurers of local churches.

  • Other church leaders including members of the church council, diaconate, eldership or leadership team.

  • Stewardship advisers in denominations and local churches.

Risk Management for Small Charites

 This resource outlines what all charities should have in place in relation to management of the risks they face. In particular it is for small charities and signposts to the range of additional help that is available that deals much more extensively than this short headline does. It also provides a glossary of useful terms.  This is primarily for:

  • Chief executives, operations directors, operations and other senior managers and trustees of small charities.

  • Anyone who has responsibility for risk or crisis management.