Diocese of Chichester

Easyfundraising
Take a share of free money for your church

Funding Update - March 2024

Churches in our area have just received a share of more than £81k in unrestricted funding. This is money they’ve raised for free via easyfundraising, a simple and effective funding idea.

Through easyfundraising, when your congregation, clergy and the local community shop online with any of over 8,000 well know retailers, a proportion of what they spend is shared with your church for free. It doesn’t cost the shopper anything extra as the donation comes directly from the retailers who include Tesco, eBay, Amazon, John Lewis, Booking.com, Sainsbury’s, Wilko, Asda, Just Eat, trainline and thousands more. easyfundraising payments happen four times a year so this is an effective way for your church to receive regular funding.Sign up to easyfundraising to receive funding in the next payout in May: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/diocese-of-chichester

Holiday Bookings

Holidays, weekend trips, and hotel stays can provide your church with money.

Travel companies including TUI, Booking.com, Lastminute.com, Haven Holidays, Expedia, Thomas Cook, Hotels.com, and more all partner with online fundraising company easyfundraising, to give your church a way of receiving funding – for free.

When people in your church community books a holiday, the company they book with will send your church a free donation as a thank you; most will give up to 5% of the total spend at no extra cost to the shopper.

With many people booking holidays in January and February, this is an easy way for them to help you fund running costs, services, projects, and more.

Just one person booking a family holiday could raise £85.36 for you. Think what multiple people could do.Your church just needs to be registered with funding website easyfundraising which you can do here (it’s very straightforward and there is no cost): www.easyfundraising.org.uk/diocese-of-chichester


One of the easiest ways to earn unrestricted funding is through food shopping.

The leading supermarkets, Tesco, Morrisons, ASDA, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, and Ocado partner with online fundraising company easyfundraising, to give your church a way of receiving funding – for free.

How it works is simple. An online shopper buys their weekly food shop with one of the above brands, and the supermarket then sends your church a free donation as a thank you. In most cases, supermarkets offer a flat monetary amount of up to £5, and others offer a percentage based on what the online shopper spends.

On average, just one person could earn your church £97.50 in a year by doing their food shop; think what multiple people could do.

With many people choosing to order their food shop online nowadays, it’s an easy and accessible way to fund running costs, projects, and more.

Getting started with easyfundraising is easy:

Register your church here: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/diocese-of-chichester

  1. As you register, you’ll see a prompt to book a call with an expert – book it! The team has lots of advice and tips to help you get started.
  2. Encourage parish members, their family and friends, and the local community to sign up and support you. (Available in your easyfundraising account, you will find pre-written text and images you can download and use to make this task easier).


easyfundraising

We often say the best recommendations are word of mouth, and we couldn’t recommend easyfundraising enough for our churches. Since our partnership began in 2021 our churches have raised over £10K in free donations.

Offering an easy, continuous, and accessible fundraising option, easyfundraising gives churches the chance to raise money to support themselves and the wider community through online shopping.

‘This really is easy fundraising from my point of view. We get a regular stream of modest remissions and these involve me in no work whatsoever!’ – Stewart, Treasurer at St John the Baptist, Westbourne.

easyfundraising digital team visited a number of our churches already successfully using easyfundraising. Watch their video here.

The Diocesan Digital Team visited churches across the Diocese to hear what they had to say about easyfundraising. The team visited St Richard Aldwick (watch it here) St Mary Salehurst (watch it here) St Mary Billingshurst (watch it here )  St Giles Graffham (watch it here) and Chanctonbury churches (watch it here)

PCC member Jason Pimblett from St Laurence Church in Falmer tells us here how easy easyfundraising is and encourages parishes to give it a go!

easyfundraising in action - what’s in it for your church?

Not only does easyfundraising allow your church to create a continual income stream that bake sales and raffles are unable to offer, especially in the current climate, it also gives people the opportunity to give without it coming directly out of their pockets. This type of fundraiser relives the pressure on those who still want to give; but also the pressure on your church, as you have a low-effort fundraising option that can last all year.

How easyfundraising can slot into everyday life

Because we lead busy lives, easyfundraising has built several tools to make it easy for anyone to support your church. For online shoppers who shop on laptops and computers, there is a handy reminder that when downloaded, pops up, so they can collect free funding in just one click. Or, for the shopper who shops via their mobile, the easyfundraising app keeps things really simple.

How to get started

  • Create your church profile on the easyfundraising site.
  • Get familiar with easyfundraising. Book a call with one of the team, who will show you around, so you are up to speed on how the site works. They will also show you how to track your supporters and the free funding they will help you generate.
  • Now it’s time to share the good news. Use the free marketing tools including social media copy, images, posters, and flyers in your easyfundraising account to tell your church community how easy it is for them to support you when they shop online. easyfundraising can also provide bespoke posters and flyers which will include a QR code and image of your church. To request these please email assets@easyfundraising.org.uk and include your church name and an image of your choice.

We wish you all the best with your fundraising. For further assistance please contact Roisin at roisin@easyfundraising.org.uk