Key findings from our Churches and Cathedrals Fundraising Survey
We’d like to thank everyone who took part in our 2023 Churches and Cathedrals Fundraising Survey. The responses we received came from worshipping communities, equally spread across urban and rural areas and many of them still feeling the effects of the pandemic on their income streams.
Yet in spite of these pressures, over 60% of respondents said that the pandemic had strengthened their resilience. For some, this has meant online services and contactless donations becoming a permanent feature of their engagement and fundraising strategies. For others, it has revealed an urgent need to modernise facilities so that sacred spaces can be used to support a wide range of cultural or community activities.
Importantly, the Survey showed how difficult this kind of adaptation can be without access to the right resources or the lifeblood of regular giving. Over 80% of respondents said that securing reliable, regular donations remained one of their biggest challenges. This, combined with hefty parish shares or the fundraising limitations of a small congregation, make a compelling case for investing in tailored fundraising support.
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At Gifted we guide faith organisations of all sizes in accessing the support they need to restore, renew and regenerate. We’ve had the privilege of working with small, but vibrant churches like St Olaf’s in the Lakes District, right through to ancient Cathedrals such as Peterborough and Gloucester. Each one has its own story to tell and often requires a bespoke approach to securing the funding it needs.