A one-day conference for charity and church leaders, fundraisers and donors.

Central Hall Westminster on Tuesday 22nd November,
10am to 4pm followed by a networking reception.

Attendance fee £115 inc. VAT, lunch, all presentation materials, the Theos Report and a wine reception. #RFConf16

Morning Plenary Session 10am-1pm

Archbishop John Sentamu on inspiring joyful giving

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, will open our conference by speaking on how we can encourage joyful giving and answer your questions on this theme.

Leading funders of Christian causes including

The Jerusalem Trust

Bridget Cass administers the Jerusalem Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts which supports Christian evangelism, mission, media, art and relief work.

The Mercers' Company

Mercers' is the leading livery company. Leah Skouby is responsible for a UK-wide grants programme to advance the Christian faith, focusing on 'people, buildings, and sacred music.'

The Henry Smith Charity

This large grant-making trust gives £25m a year to a range of causes. Genevieve Ford-Saville leads on grants which promote Christianity, one of the trust's charitable objects.

The National Churches' Trust

Claire Walker is Chief Executive of the National Churches' Trust which enables the repair and revitalisation of church buildings for the benefit of all the community.

Plus a panel of Christian philanthropists

New Theos research on Christian Funders

This year, The Mercers' Company asked the Christian think tank, Theos, to research into the Christian grant-making landscape. Nick Spencer and Ben Ryan will share the findings from the research and consider the implications for grant-seeking charities and churches in the UK today. All delegates will receive a free copy of the report.

Andy Hawthorne OBE on how to cast vision and fund growth

Andy leads The Message Trust which has grown from a one man band to one of the top 1% of UK charities, serving hundreds of thousands of young people. He speaks all over the world and is the author of eight books including Hope Unleashed and Here I Am Send Me.

Michael O'Neill on working with major donors

Mike is CEO of Stewardship, where he was previously Director of Philanthropy. A former Executive Director of Hope for New York, Mike has long experience of inspiring high net worth Christians to help churches and Christian charities to transform the world.

Peter Kerridge on digital strategies for reaching Christian donors

As Chief Executive of Premier, Peter has been responsible for transforming a struggling radio station into a thriving organisation which helps the church to communicate the gospel in a digital age. He will speak on how to use digital media to inspire Christian donors.

Chair - Rev David Senior

A former charity chief executive, David launched and chaired a series of national conferences on charity leadership and funding whilst at Action Planning. He now advises Stewardship, alongside his passion for evangelism and ordained ministry at St Paul's Howell Hill.

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

Building partnerships between charities and churches

Anne Phipps is interim Director of Fundraising at Bible Society. An insightful fundraiser, strategist and manager, Anne has over 15 years of sector experience, including managing multi-million pound projects, leading transformational growth in appeals, supporter-journeys and change-management.

Working with statutory funders

Daniel Singleton is Chief Executive of FaithAction, a network of faith-based and community organisations which deliver public services such as childcare, health and social care, housing and welfare to work. FaithAction is part of the Department of Health's Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme and acts as the voice of faith-based groups.

Generating earned income for Christian Charities

Stephanie Biden, partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite and a trustee of Stewardship and OMF International (UK) will examine how Christian charities can identify and develop more opportunities to generate sustainable streams of earned income from their property, expertise and services.

Transformational growth - a case study

Chris Curtis is the inspirational Chief Executive of Youthscape, which was originally founded by 45 churches in Luton. He will share how they raised large sums to buy Bute Mills then expanded into a national organisation generating earned income by providing services to wide range of charities and churches.

Growing regular giving to your church and securing more legacies

Dr John Preston, who leads the National Stewardship and Resources Team at the Church of England, will examine how to grow your church’s income, drawing on a wide range of examples and research from churches across the UK. He will look at how to develop a vision which inspires people to give, build commitment to regular giving, use social media effectively and encourage more of your congregation to leave a gift to your church in their wills.

Running capital appeals to fund church restoration and building projects

David Saint is the founder of Action Planning, a Christian-led fundraising consultancy. David has helped a wide range of churches, within the Church of England and other denominations, to raise large sums to fund capital projects. Drawing on a range of case studies, David will examine how to research how much you could raise, develop a compelling ‘case for support’, encourage sacrificial giving amongst your congregation, secure grants from institutional funders and use the energy created by your capital appeal to lift ongoing regular giving.

Stewardship is grateful to Action Planning, Bates Wells Braithwaite, Christian Publishing and Outreach, FaithAction, FICO (Fundraisers in Christian organisations) and Premier 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.

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.


FaithAction is a network of faith-based and community organisations serving their communities by delivering public services. We empower faith-based and community organisations by offering support and training, disseminating key information and acting as a connector between Government and grass-roots organisations.

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.

The Edward Cadbury Centre

The Edward Cadbury Centre for Understanding of Religion in Public Life is a centre of expertise on Pentecostal Churches, religious freedom and the wider impact of religion in the UK and globally.