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New guide to fundraising for churches published

New guide to fundraising for churches published

Charity First has published ‘Beyond the Collection Plate: developing church income from different sources’, a guide to fundraising for churches.

Written by Steve Pierce, the book, available as a digital download (PDF), is designed to be a practical guide to church groups, whether they are new to fundraising or have some experience.

The 82-page guide has been recommended to church groups by Bishop James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle. He said:

“Beyond the Collection Plate is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to Christian giving which wears its deep theological foundations lightly. It is extremely practical and covers the principles as well as the mechanics of giving, with an abundance of pertinent anecdotes and quotations…

“As Chairman of the Church of England’s National Stewardship Committee, I recommend this concise, informative book very warmly indeed, and suggest it would more than repay careful reading and discussion by PCC members in every parish.”

Beyond the Collection Plate: developing church income from different sources costs £7.99 (inc VAT). A free downloadable sample is also available from the site. Print copies of the book will be available in the near future, according to the publishers.

Charity First series

The Charity First Series is a library of digital handbooks offering clear, reliable guidance for not-for-profit organisations. Charity First authors are practising consultants, chosen for their expertise in their respective fields.

Other titles in the series include:

• Academy Schools

• Data Protection for Fundraisers

• The Gift Aid Guide

• Fundraising for Small Charities

• Legacy Fundraising from Scratch

• Raising Funds from Grant Makers

The Charity First Series is published by spmfundessentials, an imprint from Social Partnership Marketing LLP.

Photo: church collection plate and Bible by Wellford Tiller on


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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