The Parish Giving Scheme (or PGS for short) is an established planned giving scheme for churches that was launched across the Diocese of Leeds in January 2020.
Developed eleven years ago, by the Diocese of Gloucester, the PGS is a proven way to boost levels of parish income but also offers a myriad of other benefits for parishes and givers alike. Currently, 30 dioceses across the UK already trust and use the scheme.
The PGS helps regular givers donate safely to their church by direct debit either monthly, quarterly or annually. Once a parish has registered with the PGS, members of its congregation can normally make regular donations by completing a PGS Gift Form ( available from their Parish) and posting it directly to the PGS team in Gloucester. From April 2020 the PGS launched a new dedicated telephone service which allows donors to set up their direct debits quickly and easily by telephone instead of completing the Gift Form. A new service allowing donors to sign up to the PGS online is being piloted with the help of parishes in the Diocese of Leeds between December 2020 and March 2021 after which the new online service is expected to be rolled out nationally. Click here to find out more about the PGS online giving pilot .
The PGS team set up direct debits to come out of donor accounts on the 1st day of the month and also automatically claim eligible Gift Aid before transferring donations to the church's bank account on the 10th of every month. The Gift Aid amount is then transferred later the same month once released by HMRC. This not only reduces the administration burden on church volunteers but also helps parishes resolve their cash flow problems.
The diagram below shows you how the PGS works on a monthly basis. See our helpful Frequently Asked Questions document for more help.
You can find out about the PGS pilot parishes in the Diocese and read feedback on their PGS experience so far.
To find out more about how the PGS works watch the video below. To watch a video presentation by Stewardship Officer, Janet Edmond, explaining the PGS click here.