The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a multi-diocesan approach to serving parishes with a professional donation management and Gift Aid service. It automatically adds the Gift Aid uplift if appropriate, and then remits the gross amount to the local church. Uniquely, it has the capability automatically to increase the donation by inflation each year, if the donor agrees.
It reduces the burden of work on parish volunteers and provides a professional service to its donors. A quality launch alongside a stewardship review provides the opportunity for a step change in the level of giving.
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) was originally developed by the Diocese of Gloucester back in 2009 and became a separate charitable organisation in 2014 when Winchester, Chichester and Exeter joined the scheme. The Joint Venture (JV) Company is co-owned by participating dioceses, who become members of the company. The JV Company is run by a Trustee Board elected by the members.
The undergirding principle is that the costs of the scheme will be met by an annual contribution from dioceses on a cost-sharing basis. The introduction of the Parish Giving Scheme provides a one-off opportunity to make a step-change in giving across a diocese, and it is vital that when a diocese launches the scheme, they support parishes in migrating to it.
How to join PGS
The Parish Giving Scheme has attracted considerable interest from around the Church and has been adopted as the preferred way of giving by the National Stewardship Committee. The PGS is a charitable company owned by participating Dioceses.
It is anticipated that in the next few years more than half of dioceses will be using the scheme. It could be processing annual donations of over £50 million, from around 70,000 donors, and claiming more than £10 million each year in Gift Aid.
The Parish Giving Scheme is recommended by the National Church, and is the preferred way of receiving planned giving at a parish level. If your Diocese is interested in joining the scheme please contact Helen Richardson, Chief Executive Officer on 0333 002 1260 or email Helen.