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

Central Hall Westminster on Tuesday 21st November,
10am to 4:30pm 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-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 Daviesnow 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.

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.

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.

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 Trusts and Major Donors 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.

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.