What is the Parish Giving Scheme?

The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st Century approach to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income which is static giving. Donations through this Scheme are made by Direct Debit, and can be given on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Each donation is directed to that individual's parish church, and PGS claims the Gift Aid on your behalf.

If this Scheme becomes the principal giving method for your church, you will be offering inflation-proofed giving, maximising your administration. This will release your parish to focus on other important priorities.

Benefits include:

  • fewer cash donations means it is lower risk for volunteers
  • donors have the option to increase their gift by inflation, maintaining the value of their gift and sustaining the church's mission and ministry
  • Gift Aid is claimed by the Scheme, so administration for your local church is reduced, saving time and work
  • the Scheme is offered free of charge to churches and donors

What do I need to do?

The Diocese of York is launching the Parish Giving Scheme from May 2020, and from then any parish can register and promote the Scheme to donors. In order to be a part of the Scheme, your PCC must first pass a resolution, which secures the legal agreement between the parish and PGS. You will also need to complete a Registration Form, which will be provided by one of our Giving Advisers.

As PGS is a mechanism for giving, rather than a motivational tool, it is strongly recommended that you promote the Scheme alongside an appropriate Giving Programme, which facilitates a more prayerful and fruitful response which is rooted in discipleship. Your Giving Adviser can help you to plan and deliver this.

If you would like to find out more about the Parish Giving Scheme, please click here to visit their website.

If you would like to contact a member of the Diocesan Generous Giving team to arrange a visit to your PCC, please contact:

Jo Beacroft-Mitchell: jo.beacroft-mitchell@yorkdiocese.org or 01904 202563

Sammi Tooze: sammi.tooze@yorkdiocese.org or 07930 424280

David Smallwood: david.smallwood@yorkdiocese.org or 01904 202564