Financial Giving

As a church, we rely entirely on the generous giving of our members and regular attenders. We do not receive any funding from other organisations or the government (beyond Gift Aid tax refunds). If you are a visitor, we are delighted to have you with us, and do not expect you to give.

Our main areas of expenditure are the costs of paying for our minister and the running our buildings.

We also support other work and organisations, including:

  • Home Mission (Baptist Union)
  • BMS World Mission
  • Spurgeons College
  • Tearfund
  • Youth Cafe
  • and smaller amounts to various other organisations

Ways to give

Regardless of the way in which money is given, you can chose to give under the Gift Aid scheme. See below for details.

Sunday offerings

We have an offering box at the back of the main hall to receive gifts. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Basingstoke Baptist Church’. Giving using a Credit or debt card payments can be done on-line through the MyDonate website (see below). We do not take up an offering during the service.

Envelopes

We have envelopes available if you wish to identify your gift (e.g. for Gift Aid) or wish to specify a particular purpose (e.g. BMS World Mission).

Regular Standing Order

Some people give regularly (weekly, month, quarterly) by standing order. Please see the Treasurer for a standing order mandate.

On-line Using Charities Aid Foundation

Donations can be made using a debit or credit card, Paypal, or your CAF account. This service can also reclaim Gift Aid.

On-line Using MyDonate

Donate to us through MyDonate - the free online donation service (secure external site)

Make a gift using your credit or debit card through the secure MyDonate website. If you pay UK income tax, this service can also reclaim Gift Aid on behalf of the church. MyDonate do not charge any commission.

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/basingstokebaptistchurch

Give.net

We also have an account with Give.net, providing another way to give to the church. Give.net is the on-line giving website of Stewardship, a Christian charity that has been helping generous people to give since 1906.

Our account: https://www.give.net/20029237

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a tax efficient way of giving in the UK if you are a UK taxpayer. It allows the church to reclaim the standard rate tax you have paid on any money you give. At present it boosts your giving by 25% - there is an illustration below.

Because it is necessary to identify money you have given under Gift Aid, total anonymity cannot be maintained. However, only the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer will have access to records of giving. Cheques and standing orders clearly enable identification of giving. If giving cash under Gift Aid, it needs to be placed in an envelope (normally through the Sunday morning offering) that bears your name or an identifying mark. The Treasurer can provide envelopes and will advise on the marking of envelopes.

Please see the Treasurer about Gift Aid. You will first need to sign a Gift Aid declaration.

Please note that if you stop paying enough tax to fully cover Gift Aid claims, you need to let the Treasure know, so that Gift Aid reclaims can be stopped.

Illustration of how Gift Aid works

Example

£100

Your gift

£25

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) pays to the charity the basic rate tax that you have paid (or will pay)

£125

Total value to the charity of you gift

If you are a higher rate tax payer, then you can reclaim the higher rate tax that you paid on your Gift Aid giving. You will need to submit a Tax Return.

Anonymous Gift Aid

Anonymous Gift Aid giving can be achieved if you chose to give via a third party such as Stewardship.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our church (or many other charitable organisations) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Charitable Status

We are a registered charity (charity no. 1130871) with the Charity Commission.

Most recent copies of our accounts, as submitted to the Charity Commission:
Basingstoke_Baptist_Church_2015_Accounts_Approved.pdf (4.8 MBytes, scanned images)
Basingstoke_Baptist_Church_2014_Accounts_Approved.pdf (5.3 MBytes, scanned images)
Basingstoke_Baptist_Church_2013_Accounts_Approved.pdf (5.2 MBytes, scanned images)