reporting public benefit

By Kevin Russell | 24 August 2011

Last month the Charity Commission reported that new independent research commissioned by them has found that charities need to do more to describe how people benefit from their work. Many charities are missing out on the opportunity to explain, through their reporting on public benefit, how their work has a positive impact on their beneficiaries.

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it isn't what you have...

By Susannah Clark | 24 August 2011 | Comments (1)

What can it possibly mean to live simply and generously in the 21st Century? One holiday a year instead of two? Susannah Clark explores the Jesus who called us to deny ourselves and follow him.

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our Christian Worker Survey: the results

By Alexandra Khan | 12 August 2011 | Comments (1)

At the beginning of the year we asked some of our registered Christian Workers to answer a few questions and help us make some wise decisions.  We were delighted that over 200 of them did.

The results were particularly illuminating. Read on for more...

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Japan: 5 months later

By Alexandra Khan | 8 August 2011 | Comments (3)

In addition to the 18,000 people that lost their lives, 450,000 people were made homeless by the earthquake and tsunami that swept through northern Japan in March this year. That's the equivalent of the whole of Edinburgh being forced to live in tents and make-shift accommodation.

Although no official international appeal was created, aid agencies were mobilised and donations poured in from the general public. Stewardship account holders gave upwards of £75,000 towards the relief efforts, with funds supporting ShelterBox, World Vision, Oxfam, and Save the Children. Emergency essentials were delivered to the worst-hit areas, search and rescue operations were ordered, and support was given to the medical teams dealing with thousands injured in the disaster.

But what happened next?

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New Wine LSE round up!

By Alexandra Khan | 31 July 2011 | Comments (2)

The Stewardship team have had a fantastic first week at New Wine LSE 2011. As well as having fun with the games and colouring sheets, they've been able demonstrate what Stewardship is all about - transforming generosity - and have formed some great relationships with the people they met.

They started the week with a pay-it-forward movement...

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Stewardship joins the Christian Legacy Consortium

By Alexandra Khan | 22 July 2011 | Comments (1)

Stewardship is one of the latest Christian charities to join a UK consortium established to encourage Christians to leave legacies to further God’s Kingdom. The Christian Legacy Consortium welcomed Stewardship, along with Scripture Union, at their Annual General Meeting last week.  The other consortium members are Bible Society, Care for the Family, CMS, the Leprosy Mission, Livability and Tearfund.

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East Africa Appeal

By Alexandra Khan | 8 July 2011

"Over 10 million people are at risk in  East Africa due to conflict and some areas being affected by the worst  drought in 60 years.  The DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal will support the  work of our members in affected areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and  South Sudan.  Your donations can help provide life saving aid such as  food, water, care for malnourished children and medical treatment." - DEC

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4 ways to grow your giving

By Alexandra Khan | 1 July 2011

Earlier in the year, we held a Sunflower competition at the Stewardship offices as part of our Giving Garden promotion. We were all given tiny pots, a pack of seeds and a large bag of compost. The rest was up to us.

Some of us took the competition seriously (there was hushed talk of Miracle-Gro, and the risks/benefits of planting the seedling out earlier rather than later); others markedly less so (most of the men in the office 'forgot' to water their seedlings, Sarah hacked hers to pieces after the stem snapped, and my first attempt got eaten by snails). But the whole office was encouraged to take part, and there are now some towering, flowering sunflowers brightening up our desks and gardens. You can head to our Flickr page to see some of them.

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Hope Corner...revisited

By Alexandra Khan | 24 June 2011

It's been a few months since we last heard from Hope Corner. The feature in the last edition of Share magazine highlighted some of the excellent work they do in the local community of Halton, specifically within schools in the area.

Their new building project for Runcorn is ambitious and exciting, and we're pleased to report that work is well underway! The community centre, which will house a 140 seater main room, cafe, teaching rooms and dedicated space for youth and kids projects, is expected to be complete in 2013. 

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giving it away

By Alexandra Khan | 20 June 2011

From time to time, Stewardship has the privilege of administering legacy gifts. For 2011, the trustees decided that the entire Stewardship team should share in the responsibility of where these funds should be directed, with each proposing a Christian cause to benefit from £250. Here's where the money went and why...

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