Helping churches with online fundraising

The UK’s churches are being offered a chance to boost their collecting plates with text and online donations in a fundraising partnership announced by the National Churches Trust and online fundraising platform JustGiving.

Babworth All Saints

Babworth All Saints

Churches, chapels and meeting houses are eligible if their denomination is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and meet JustGiving’s eligibility requirements concerning charitable status. There is more information and an application form online

The fundraising partnership has been launched to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Churches Trust, the only UK wide charity supporting and promoting Christian places of worship of historic, architectural and community value.

The partnership will help churches, chapels and meeting houses which have not yet taken advantage of the benefits of online and text fundraising to raise more money, easily and tax efficiently. It is expected to be of particular benefit to churches that either can’t afford or don’t have the expertise to set up their own online or text donation facility.


Eligible places of worship will get to the JustGiving platform, saving a monthly £15 subscription fee. Churches that already have a JustGiving subscription are also eligible to take advantage of the scheme but JustGiving subscription fees already charged will not be refunded.

As well as an online fundraising page, also included is a text donating option. If donating by text, the donor only pays the amount they wish to donate and will not be charged for the text nor have the text deducted from their monthly allowance and the full amount of the donation, with no deductions, will be paid to the church. Both online and text donations can be gift aided to maximise the benefit of the donation.

60th anniversary

The National Churches Trust was originally established on 24 March 1953 as the Historic Churches Preservation Trust. Since then it has provided over 12,000 grants and loans worth over £85 million in today’s prices to help the UK’s churches, chapels and meeting houses. Past trustees have included Sir Winston Churchill and Sir John Betjeman.

The charity’s funding helps churches repair leaking roofs, restore stonework and preserve precious architectural features. It also pays for kitchens, heating and toilets, making it easier for places of worship to be used by local people for community activities such as playgroups, lunch clubs for the elderly, concerts and other art events.

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