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Direct Giving – Why and How

‘Direct giving’ is the money given directly into the church, i.e. not gained through fundraising events. The information below is provided to explain the financial responsibility associated with being part of a parish.


Clane Union of Parishes is totally self-funded – which means it is funded entirely by the giving of its members. The parish needs to raise over €100,000 per year to meet its costs, which are made up of an annual figure which must be paid to the Diocese, insurance costs, heating costs, office costs, buildings maintenance costs, etc.

Diocesan Assessment

Our largest expense is our annual payment to the Diocese, known as our ‘assessment’ –
Just as the parish should be funded by its members, the Diocese must be funded by the parishes within it. Each parish must pay a designated amount towards the expenses of the Diocese, which include paying its clergy and other staff, their insurance costs, office costs, training costs, safeguarding trust, etc. etc.

Each parish is asked to pay a different amount toward the total, depending on its size. This is calculated (in simple terms) by counting the number of adults over 18 in the parish. Each person over 18 is expected to pay a certain amount per year, the hope being that the responsibility is balanced, by those who have better means giving more, so that those who have little do not have to give so much.

What about fundraising?

If a parish can pay its general running expenses, or at least the Diocesan assessment part, by Direct Giving, then more of its fundraising income is available to put into other projects, such as church restoration or into missions and charities.

When Direct Giving is at a very low level, every bit of fundraising is used to try to pay our two main expenses: our Diocesan assessment and our insurance costs.  All other functions of the church become very difficult to maintain.

Are you part of the parish?

It is important for each member of a parish, including each person who wishes to avail of the ministry of the parish for any reason, to be mindful of the costs involved in keeping the parish going; and to consider one of the methods below for direct and regular giving.  Remember even the smallest amount makes a big difference.


Recorded v Unrecorded
If your giving is ‘recorded’, i.e. if you make it known to the treasurer (through one of the methods detailed below) that the money given is from you, then it is recorded against your name in the treasurer’s spreadsheet. Information about amounts given by particular individuals or families is confidential to the treasurer, and not shared with other members of Select Vestry. At the end of each year, the treasurer will let you know how much your contribution was in that year.

The advantage to recording what you have given, is that if you give EUR250 or more in one year, a certain amount of the tax paid can be claimed back.  This involves filling out a form which you will receive from the treasurer; and returning it to the treasurer.  The tax claimed is paid by Revenue directly to the church.

Unrecorded Giving

  • Weekly plate collection – cash
    Loose cash placed on the plate at the offertory

Recorded Giving

  • Weekly plate collection – envelopes
    Envelopes may be requested from the treasurer. Envelopes come in a box containing one envelope for each Sunday of the year – each envelope is marked with a date and a serial number, e.g. ‘076’. The serial number is associated with your name and used to record what amount you are giving in a particular week. Information about which serial number belongs to which individual or family is confidential to the treasurer. If you wish to use the envelope method of giving but do not yet have envelopes, you can start straight away by putting your plate offering in an envelope, marked with your own name.
  • Credit Transfers (Download Standing Order Mandate)
    From a financial management perspective, this is by far the most preferred method of giving. As more and more people set up standing orders, so the giving becomes more regular and predictable. To avail of this method, download the standing order mandate provided by the treasurer, which contains the Parish current account details, fill in your own details and send to your own bank.
  • Annual Donation
    Donations received outside of the methods described above – usually in the form of an annual/bi-annual/quarterly cheque posted to the treasurer, or offered on a Gift Day.



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