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MISSION: Christmas Appeal unleashes a wave of generosity and raises £440,800!

By Debbie Wright | 20 December 2019 | Comments (2)

We would like to pass on a HUGE thank you to everyone who gave in our MISSION: Christmas Appeal.

Your generosity has meant that we have been able to raise an incredible total of £440,800! This means we were able to give £200 additional support to over 2000 of our full-time Christian Workers.

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Gifts and the ‘warm glow’ effect

By Chine McDonald | 17 December 2019

 

I love giving presents, don’t you? If you’re anything like me you can’t wait to see the look on your relatives’ faces when they open the gift that you have picked for them on Christmas Day. You may even be far more excited about this than the prospect of opening your own presents. If you’re nodding along, then you’re one of the good guys. We selfless gift-givers are all about other people. We are the poster children for the Christian virtue of charity, right? Wrong. Because according to some top anthropologists and sociologists, we could be the most selfish of the lot because our gift-giving is in fact motivated by self-interest.

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The importance of team

By Stephen Mathews | 17 December 2019 | Comments (3)

 

We can see the benefits of teamwork in many areas of charity and particularly church life. Teams normally exist in youth work, evangelism, worship, etc., so why is it that when it comes to finance and governance we often ditch the team model and leave one poor soul to go it alone?! At Stewardship, we see real benefit in building the finance team, and here’s why.

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What we can learn from Charity Commission inquiry reports

By Stephen Mathews | 17 December 2019

 

The Charity Commission probably issues two to three inquiry reports each week on churches and charities that they believe have a serious problem with their governance and finances. Time and again issues arise when payments are made to trustees. So what can we learn?

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Legacy income: Could your charity benefit?

By Rachel Steeden | 17 December 2019

 

Legacies are an increasingly important source of funding for UK churches and charities. Smee & Ford’s Legacy Trends 2019 revealed that UK charities had received over £3 billion of legacy income in the previous year, with places of worship being the most popular cause for a sole bequest.

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Churches: Building your VAT case

By Kevin Russell | 17 December 2019 | Comments (6)

 

There are a number of valuable VAT reliefs for construction of buildings that are to be used for a ‘relevant charitable purpose’. Churches are one of the most frequent benefactors of these reliefs and VAT can be a significant proportion of project costings. Churches therefore need to be aware of the reliefs that are available and the limitations of those reliefs.

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New features added to the new-look Stewardship Giving Account: December 2019

By Bethan Walker | 6 December 2019

 

We've added some brand-new features to the new-look Stewardship Giving Account to provide more ways to manage your account on the new platform. 

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How do I get the right information for my tax return?

By Bethan Walker | 27 November 2019

 

Here's how to find the right information for your tax return in the new-look Stewardship Giving Account.

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In Memory of Chris and Susannah Naylor and Miranda Harris

By Debbie Wright | 22 November 2019 | Comments (2)

Stewardship share with A Rocha International and their many many friends around the world the deep sadness and loss of losing such fine leaders and pioneers in the Christian conservation world.

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Funding Mission with the Gift of Poetry

By Ruth Leigh | 21 November 2019

No less a person than William Wordsworth once said that poetry is emotion recollected in tranquillity. This has certainly been the experience of Paul Bebbington, part time civil servant and poet. Twelve years ago, his friend Mark Darvell invited him to be his travel companion on a church trip to Romania. Neither traveller had any inkling of the changes that would come as a result of their journey.

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