Setting up a giving page on your website
Did you know?
Only 15 parishes across the Diocese have a giving page on their website.
How to set up a giving page
By following these simple steps, you can create a giving page on your website that will increase donations to your parish and keep it on a firm financial footing.
1, Make your giving page easy to find
Add a to the main menu the main menu and include it on your home page.
2, Explain why Christians are called to give.
The Bible has over 2300 verses relating to money, wealth and possessions. Generous giving is the appropriate response to a generous God. You might like to use something like this:
God is a generous God. As Christians we are called to share the gifts that God has given us with others. Everything we do is made possible by your giving. Thank you.
You might also like to tell people how much it costs to run your church. Try something like this:
It costs approximately £4,300 per week to maintain the work of St Mark’s. But we still need to raise £3000 to cover the remaining costs. Here's how you can help us reach our goal.
Add generosity messages and Bible quotes to your emails, newsletters and social media.
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.Proverbs 18:16
3, Publish financial targets
Are you trying to fund a church extension, the renovation of a church organ, or buy equipment for your food bank? Use graphics so people can visualise your financial target (a financial thermometer) and see how close you are to reaching it. They will have a better feel for how their contribution makes a difference, and it incentivises immediate action.
4, Provide different giving options
Make giving as easy as possible by providing options that suite most people. At the top of the list, include Gift Direct. It ensures regular donations reach your parish. It is quick to set up, tax-efficient, and reduces financial administration for your treasurer.
Read our page on increasing generosity online for the giving options we recommend.
5, Promote your giving page
Use every opportunity to promote your giving page through your social media, posters, church services, newsletters and emails.
Ask people to review their giving. If they usually donate in the church, ask them to consider setting up a regular Gift Direct donation. For those already giving regularly, ask them if they would like to give a little extra, especially our churches recover from Covid-19 pandemic.
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshedProverbs 11:25
By creating a prominent giving page, adding different payment options, and showing the impact regular donations have, you will have gone a long way towards safeguarding the financial security of your parish.