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Do you have fund-raising ideas to share with others?

26 June 2015

A NEW competition is announced today, aimed at finding the best church fund-raising ideas.

The competition prizes of £20,000 are being donated by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, the leading insurers of churches and church properties in the UK; and the competition is being run in partnership with the Church Times.

The object is to discover, reward, and disseminate the most original, inventive, and inspiring fund-raising ideas. The top prize is £10,000, and there are five runner-up prizes of £2000 each.

Fund-raising is part of the life of almost every church at some point. For many, it can be a continual burden. A great deal of energy and effort is expended by church staff and volunteers, all giving their time, energy, and creativity for free - and sometimes the funds raised hardly seem worth it.

Ideas for ways of fund-raising can become stale, and so the aim of the competition is to uncover new initiatives that can stimulate the thinking of others elsewhere.

The judges will be looking for innovation and experiment, along with how well the initiative engaged with the congregation and the community that suggested it.

If the initiatives have been successful financially, that is great, but the size of the total raised is not the most important thing. Churches can enter for the prize fund-raising projects that are on-going, or something that has been completed recently.

It's easy to enter:

  • The competition is open to any Christian church in the UK;
  • No fund-raising idea is too small;
  • The funds could be for any worthwhile church-based cause, from building to mission, from music to youth work.

To enter, go to www.ecclesiastical.com/churchcomp for more details. Entries will be accepted by post or online. The closing date for entries is 23 October 2015.

After the entries have been judged by our panel, the winners will be selected, and invited to an awards ceremony in London on 25 November.

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