Parish Giving Scheme
What is the Parish Giving Scheme?
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) has been set up to help us best manage regular donations. It is run as a partnership between dioceses on a cost sharing basis.
How does it work?
Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, by downloading, printing and completing the gift form and the Direct Debit instruction. Even though donations are made to the Parish Giving Scheme, they are
restricted to our parish, giving you peace of mind that your gift cannot be used elsewhere. Unlike a utility bill you are always in charge of what you give. Your gift will be passed back to our parish by the 10th of the month. Gift Aid will be received separately once the PGS has received it from HMRC. The unique feature of this scheme is theoption for you to commit in principle to increase your gift annually in line with inflation. Whilst this is a voluntarydecision, it is one that could potentially have a huge impact on the life and future of our church.
What are the main benefits?
The main beneficiary of this scheme will be our church. Through your generous commitment, we can be assured of a regular, tax-efficient source of income which has the capacity to increase with the cost of living, yet involves virtually no administration. You will benefit from a system that is secure, confidential and easy to use, whilesupporting our church today and for the future.
From Monday 27th April PGS will be launching a telephone registration service. This will allow new donors to ring PGS directly to set up their Direct Debit over the phone instead of having to post a physical form (paper forms will remain an option).
The new number for this service is 0333 002 1271.
When someone rings to set up their donation they will need to make sure they have their bank details to hand. They will also need the name of their church and the church’s PGS registration number. This is the number which you would normally include on the paper forms and which starts with 2706…
Calls will usually last around fifteen minutes and donors will still be able to set up Gift Aid (if they want to) and will still have the option to increase their gift by the annual rate of inflation.
Read the full PGS press release here.
PDF Donations Forms
As well as the new telephone registration service PGS have also released a PDF version of the Direct Debit form. This new form can be uploaded to your website or emailed to your congregants, allowing them to print and fill-in the form at home without the need for you to get a physical form to them. The form will still need to be posted to PGS.