Fundraising the easy way
Ahead of the next Parish Fundraising Workshop in Edmonton on 3 October, Carol Ward, the Parish Fundraising Manager explains more about the information, advice and guidance already available from the London Diocesan Fund.
In my role as the Parish Fundraising Manager, I get to meet a lot of very interesting people who are involved in spreading the Good News in many different ways. There are some amazing, innovative, and much-needed projects being run in our parishes supporting the young and the old; the socially marginalised; refugees and the list goes on and on.
There does, however, appear to be a common concern. One that comes up time and time again. It is a question – How do I start fundraising?
It can be a daunting thought if you’ve not fundraised before (or even if you have!) and you need to raise money to start or continue a project or carry out essential repairs. What? When? Why? How? The questions can go round and round in your head. The response, which can be answered with another question, may come as a surprise to some.
Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One piece at a time.
And so it is with fundraising. If you look at what needs to be achieved as a whole, it can seem enormous, just like an elephant (especially as you get closer to the beast). Break this down into smaller pieces and it becomes a much more manageable task!
In our Diocese, we have over 400 parishes, each with their own fundraising needs. The financial situation of each parish will differ, as do their needs and their ability to raise funds to meet those needs. The good news is that the fundraising team at the London Diocesan Fund is here to help!
One of our three priorities is supporting parishes in developing stronger fundraising plans and initiatives as well as equipping Clergy to be better at fundraising. We want to raise the level of fundraising knowledge in all of our churches across the Diocese and create a process where this knowledge can be retained and used to maximum effect by the parish.
In February 2016, we launched our new Parish Fundraising Support scheme. We offer:
Digital online resources – at fund my church.
Included here is information about:
Fundraising training workshops – an evening of expert advice.
- The benefits of the parish giving scheme;
- How to plan a successful parish capital campaign; and,
- Launching a legacy campaign in your church.
Our next Parish Fundraising Workshop is for the Edmonton area on 3 October 2016 at Holy Trinity, Tottenham. More information can be found here. Please note – anyone interested in attending should book their place in advance.
And finally, another top tip:
When working on a funding application try following the same method you would when completing a job application. I take the job description and person specification (the funders guidelines and criteria) and then use my CV and knowledge gained in previous employment (the experience of work and projects already being undertaken by the church/parish) to make sure I answer all the relevant questions in the way the organisation wants the information provided.
As an example; if the funder requires:
- The history of the organisation;
- The project outline; and
- The budget – this is exactly the order I would follow. This way, anyone reading your funding application will know straight away that you have provided the information they require without having a trawl through and find it.
Carol Ward is the Parish Fundraising Manager for the London Diocesan Fund and can be emailed at email@example.com. For further help on fundraising check our pages. You can also follow us on twitter (@fundmychurch).