A one-day annual conference for
Christian charity and church leaders
and fundraisers.

Central Hall Westminster on Tuesday 21st November.
Registration opens 9am for a 10am start.
Finishes 4:30pm, followed by a networking reception.

Attendance fee £115 inc. VAT, lunch, all presentation materials, the Theos Report and a wine reception. #RFConf17

Morning Plenary Session 10am-1:15pm

Krish Kandiah on how to inspire a step-change in giving

Dr Krish Kandiah, speaker, theologian, award-winning author on Christian discipleship and social action and Founder Director of Home for Good will examine how to communicate your vision and inspire a step-change in giving.

Ram Gidoomal CBE on working with wealthy Christians as major donors

A successful businessman, author, charity leader and fundraiser, Ram chairs Stewardship, Traidcraft and, until recently, the Lausanne Movement, where he oversaw the transformation of a significant deficit into a healthy surplus. Ram will use his experience of big gift fundraising for churches and charities to give advice on how to work with the wealthy.

Government Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP, on partnering statutory agencies

Tracey Crouch MP will speak on the growing impact of community engagement programmes launched by Christian churches and charities and the opportunities to work with statutory agencies and funders to meet social needs. She will then take questions.

Kevin Bennett on building digital relationships for fundraising growth

Kevin is Chief Operating Officer for Premier, responsible for digital, marketing and technology. He recently oversaw seven-fold growth in Premier’s online fundraising over 3 years. Kevin also organises the annual Premier Digital Awards and Conference which seeks to inspire and equip Christians to make a difference in the digital space.

Leading funders of Christian causes including

The Laing Family Trusts

Charlie Laing will represent the Laing Family Trusts which support charities engaged in promoting the Christian faith and in fighting poverty in the UK and worldwide.

Cinnamon Network

Danni Malone leads the grants team at the Cinnamon Network which helps local churches transform their communities through serving those in greatest need.

The Joseph Rank Trust

Dr John Higgs is the Secretary of this leading Christian foundation which supports a wide range of churches, community projects, youth work and outreach charities.

Smith Bradbeer Charitable Trust

A successful businesswoman, international philanthropist and fundraiser, Donniya Davies now helps support a range of Christian charities and individuals directly and through the Smith Bradbeer Charitable Trust.

The Henry Smith Charity

This trust gives around £25million a year. Genevieve Ford-Saville leads on grants which promote Christianity. The charity ‘values projects that explicitly set out to nurture people's journey in the Christian faith and to grow churches.’

Childs Charitable Trust

Melanie Churchyard is Chief Executive of the Childs Charitable Trust, which funds both current activities for Christian charities and programmes to help develop policy, advocacy and research.

Andrews Charitable Trust

Sian Edwards is Director of the Andrews Charitable Trust, which has a particular interest in early stage Christian ventures and offers ‘Christian Innovation Grants’ to churches and charities.

Allchurches Trust

Allchurches Trust, represented by the Rev Jeremy Noles, is one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts and gives more than £13 million each year to churches and Christian charities. Its funds come from its ownership of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Chair - Rev David Senior

A former charity chief executive, David has run a series of national conferences on charity leadership and funding. He now chairs Stewardship’s conference programme alongside his ministry at St Paul’s Howell Hill as an Anglican priest and evangelist.

A choice of two afternoon streams from 2:30pm-4:30pm followed by wine reception. Click on 'charities' or 'churches' below.

Tearfund on demonstrating the impact of your work

Donors and trusts are becoming increasingly rigorous in seeking quantitative evidence of the difference which you make. Lynda Wilson, Head of UK Trust Fundraising for Tearfund, will speak on practical and manageable ways of collecting and presenting the evidence you need.

Bates Wells Braithwaite on preparing for GDPR

Fundraisers operate in an increasingly regulated environment, supervised by the Fundraising Regulator and, from next May, subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Stephanie Biden, Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, will examine practical ways in which charities of all sizes can adapt to these changes

Redina Kolaneci on managing donor journeys

Redina Kolaneci, a consultant with long experience of fundraising for Christian organisations, will explain how to develop a compelling core message to inform all your communications and fundraising activities and to communicate this appropriately to different types of donor, gradually building their commitment to your cause.

Theos on wider funding opportunities for Christian social innovation

Paul Bickley, a Director at Theos, will share new research and case studies on how Christian organisations and social entrepreneurs can be at the forefront of innovation and attract funding from a wider range of sources to scale up their work.

Yeomans on writing copy for Christian audiences and using direct mail

Andy Heald, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Yeomans, will examine how to develop a distinctive brand for your organisation, write copy which resonates with Christian donors and run effective direct mail campaigns tailored to your charity’s budget.This will include a case study presented by Nigel Varndell, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Embrace the Middle East.

Comments on last year's conference

“A great opportunity to hear directly from funders and philanthropists.”

Deborah Graham-Vernon, Royal School of Church Music

“Thank you, we really needed this information. Lots to go home and work on now.”

Veronica Graham, Plymouth Methodist Central Hall

“Relevant topics. Excellent speakers.”

Anne Redelinghuys, Restore Community Church

“Just what I needed.”

Colin Clark, Feeding Futures

This year there will also be an exhibition. Please email if you would like to bring a stand.

Keeping the lights on at Coventry Cathedral

The Dean of Coventry, the Very Revd John Witcombe, will speak on Coventry Cathedral’s innovative ‘Investors in Hope’ campaign, which has helped to halve the cathedral’s annual deficit of £200,000 and is on track to generate a significant surplus.

Ten ways to boost giving

Dr John Preston, the Church of England’s National Stewardship Adviser, will share a wealth of practical advice including a pilot in digital giving, tips on how to encourage legacies and guidance on how to ensure your church is ready for GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation).

Downton Baptist Church on funding church social action

Helen Holgate, a trained nurse, had a vision to see her church supporting vulnerable families and launched 4Family, one of Cinnamon’s Recognised Projects. She has raised all of the project start-up costs through a small grant, local donors, fundraising events and loan of a Rolls Royce!

Funding refurbishments, re-ordering and new buildings

Major capital projects requires carefully structured capital appeals. David Saint, Chairman of Action Planning, will examine how to develop a campaign which inspires your congregation to give, accesses outside funders and so motivates givers as to create an ongoing boost in regular givers.

Comments on last years conference

“A great opportunity to hear directly from funders and philanthropists.”

Deborah Graham-Vernon, Royal School of Church Music

“Thank you, we really needed this information. Lots to go home and work on now.”

Veronica Graham, Plymouth Methodist Central Hall

“Relevant topics. Excellent speakers.”

Anne Redelinghuys, Restore Community Church

“Just what I needed.”

Colin Clark, Feeding Futures

This year there will also be an exhibition. Please email if you would like to bring a stand.

Stewardship is grateful to Action Planning, Premier, Bates Wells Braithwaite, the Church of England, the Evangelical Alliance, FICO (Fundraisers in Christian organisations), FaithAction, CPO (Christian Publishing and Outreach Ltd), the Edward Cadbury Centre and Global Connections for their help in developing and promoting this conference.

Stewardship helps the Christian community in the UK to give and to receive. We love making giving easy and help over 25,000 individuals to give around £60million each year, to our database of over 19,000 charitable causes.

We are committed to strengthening Christian causes, by offering practical, tailored support to help Churches and Christian charities to transform the world. And we inspire greater generosity through our wealth of resources, courses and campaigns for individuals and churches alike, including the award winning 40acts.

Action Planning

Action Planning is a leading UK fundraising and strategy consultancy which has helped a wide range of Christian charities and churches to raise funds, appoint key people and plan ahead.


Premier is a flourishing multi-media organisation across radio, magazines and interactive websites with on-demand video with an audience of over 1 million people. We support people on their faith journey and help them put their faith into action by providing spiritual nourishment and resources.

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite is a professional services consultancy, combining a top legal practice with impact, advisory and compliance advisory services. It works with more charities and social enterprises than any other UK firm and has a strong track record with faith-based organisations.

The Church of England

The Church of England's National Stewardship & Resources team provides advice and resources to support all aspects of stewardship, administration and management in the local church.

The Evangelical Alliance

The Alliance aims to connect Christians for a shared mission, whether it’s nurturing a church culture that is increasingly confident in the gospel, getting involved in community action or lobbying the Government for a better society.

Fundraisers in Christian Organisations

FICO is a forum within the Institute of Fundraising for fundraisers working in over 600 Christian organisations. It offers support and advice to its members through meetings both in London and through its Northern Group. It has no denominational affiliations and membership is open to both paid and voluntary fundraisers.

CPO (Christian Publishing and Outreach Ltd)

CPO provides a great variety of inspirational church resources and is run by Christians with a deep understanding of churches' needs in such fields as design, print, communications and editorial, mailing and fulfilment.

Global Connections

Global Connections is a growing, vibrant network of UK agencies, churches, colleges and support services which seeks to serve, equip and develop churches in their mission. It is committed to seeing 'mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission'.


Theos stimulates the debate about the place of religion in society, challenging and changing ideas through research, commentary and events. Research is at our core. To date, we’ve published over 50 reports on big issues impacting UK society, from faith–based social action to multiculturalism. We also host debates, seminars and lectures – on religion, politics and society, in the contemporary world.