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Guide to Giving

The purpose of this page is to explain the various methods by which gifts can be made through the Trust. It aims to answer the most frequent questions and to help you choose the method which is most suitable for you. If you have other questions which are not answered by this page or wish further information, please feel free to contact our office by telephone (Tel: 01563 521098) or by emailing (

Ease of transmission: Simply write to the Trust and enclose your gift (Cheques should be made payable to the “Lord’s Work Trust”). We prefer you to advise us of the servants or work you wish to help, but if you are unable to do so the Trustees would be happy to allocate your gift for you. We will send you a fully detailed receipt giving names, addresses and amounts sent.

Expertise: You do not need to worry about Foreign Drafts, addresses and the other problems of sending money. Our office knows the best methods of forwarding funds to the Lord’s servants and up-to-date banking procedures, thus ensuring security of transmission.

Economy: There are benefits of scale as well as convenience for both individuals and assemblies. Gifts from different donors are sent by the Trust in one transaction, greatly reducing banking charges at both ends.

Advantages for Tax Payers: By using Gift Aid, tax payers can substantially increase their giving to the Lord’s work. Likewise, businesses can take advantage of these provisions.

Confidentiality: All details of transactions will be kept completely confidential. We do not pass on financial details to any other party. Costs: We make no deductions for transmission expenses from your gift. It is left to the discretion of donors if they wish to have fellowship towards expenses.


Ways to Give

You can, of course, give directly to the Lord’s servants and work; but giving can be easier and often more effective if done through the Lord’s Work Trust. Here are various ways to give:

By Cheque: (or other convenient means): All gifts however small are welcomed by the Trust. Notification of each gift is sent monthly to the Lord’s servants. The donor can remain anonymous if desired.

By Standing Order or Internet Banking: Details on request (download a form from the link at the top of the page).

By Gift Aid: If you are a tax payer and wish to give to the work of the Lord or to the Lord’s servants through the Lord’s Work Trust, then the Trust can reclaim tax which you have already paid. For example, £10 becomes £12.50* - an increase of 25%. You can use this method for all your giving (provided you remain a UK tax payer and pay an equivalent amount of tax). The tax is usually recovered within one month. (Download a form from the link at the top of the page).

By Including a Legacy to the Lord’s Work Trust in Your Will: Bequests to the Trust are exempt from inheritance tax. Click to download.

*Assumes income tax at 20%



Q. What happens to tax reclaimed by Gift Aid?
A. When the tax is reclaimed you will be notified and asked to allocate to the servant or work of your choice. Gift Aid is reclaimed weekly.
Q. What will it cost me?
A. The Trust does not make a charge for forwarding gifts but appreciates fellowship in expenses.
Q. Can I have my gift sent anonymously?
A. Yes. The Trust will forward gifts anonymously if requested. You will still receive a receipt, giving details of your gifts.
Q. Can I give to my assembly?
A. Yes. Gifts can be sent to an assembly, anonymously if desired, and the assembly can also receive the tax reclaimed. This has proved to be a particularly effective means of supporting special assembly projects; for example, when building new, or extending or refurbishing existing halls.
Q. What if I pay higher tax?
A. The Trust reclaims tax at the basic rate. Taxpayers can reclaim the balance of the higher rate through their personal tax return.
Q. Can my business use Gift Aid?
A. Yes. Businesses can use Gift Aid to increase their giving. Download our “Business Giving” leaflet.
Q. Are there any exceptions?


Yes. Gift Aid cannot be claimed for gifts given to direct family members, that is:

  1. Parents to sons and daughters and their spouces
  2. Sons and daughters and their spouces to parents
  3. Brothers and sisters and their spouces, to brothers and sisters and their spouces


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