Giving to Llandaff Cathedral
General Information about Giving Methods
We very much prefer worshippers in Llandaff Cathedral to use the monthly Direct Debit way of giving (GWADD: Give With A Direct Debit) for the following reasons:
When your GWADD and the accompanying Direct Debit Instruction (DDI) forms are processed by the Church in Wales office, you will receive an acknowledgement letter reminding you of your monthly undertaking, indicating when the collections will start (they are taken on the 6th of a month), and giving a reference number for your commitment. If you quote that reference number whenever you ask to make any change, it will help to make sure that your wishes are dealt with speedily and accurately.
Should you move your account to another bank, the arrangement normally just 'follows' with the account and without any independent action necessary on your part: the details of the change are notified electronically between your bank and the Church in Wales.
Similarly, if you move to another Church in Wales parish, you can ask for your gift to move there.
It is simple to increase or decrease your monthly gift as circumstances change: just write a letter or send an email to the Church in Wales office (addresses for this are provided in the GiftDirect documentation available on the Church in Wales website using the link provided below).
Changes requested by the 26th of a month normally take effect from the following month's collection (by 18 December for a January collection).
Further useful information
can be viewed on the Church in Wales website:
That website provides (see under "G") a downloadable 'booklet' which includes the forms we are now asked to use. We would remind you that our first priority as parishioners and regular woshippers at Llandaff is to keep our historic and beautiful building operating (not a trivial task) and to pay our required contribution known as the 'Diocesan share', and so we ask that your primary monthly gift be 'in favour of' Llandaff Cathedral.
There are other ways of giving. In decreasing order of preference for us, they are:
*Bank Standing Order - although apparently similar to Direct Debit ('DD'), the important advantages that accrue from the DD method do not arise because a Standing Order can be any frequency and considerable administration is involved on our part. We ask that these be 'Gift Aided' wherever possible. You will need to ask us for our bank's details and a Gift Aid declaration form.
*Weekly Envelopes - can be provided (even though we would ideally like to phase out their usage completely) for those who feel that need a regular reminder about their offering and prefer to use cash or cheque. If you pay tax, please ensure that you also sign a Gift Aid Declaration; if you stop paying tax, please continue to use envelopes (because they represent commitment) but let us know not to reclaim tax. The amount you give may vary each week just as you wish. Ask Fr Baldwin for a set of envelopes.
Occasional Gift Aid - primarily intended for visitors wishing to make a spontaneous gift to Llandaff Cathedral, special envelopes are provided for this (printed in green text for Cathedral funds, in red text for the Solo Organ appeal fund). Really designed for 'one-off' gifts, they may also be used on a more regular basis although you will be able to infer some of the associated drawbacks from the details given above: mainly they are unpredictability, administration effort, and a delay in tax refund. Gift Aid envelopes can be found near the main west door.
Charities Aid Foundation - if you use these vouchers, they are an acceptable way of making irregular gifts to us but it is important to bear in mind that these are tax-inclusive. This means that they do not qualify for any further tax refund. They also involve delays, and postage, in reclaiming their value, but these drawbacks (and even the voucher use) can be eliminated using their website: http://www.allaboutgiving.org.uk (search on 'Llandaff Cathedral').
Payroll Giving - your 'employer' passes a monthly, tax inclusive, deduction from your salary or pension to us via an agency. This injects a delay of another month, and an administrative handling charge is made - which means that we do not get the full gross amount. Ask your employer/pension provider for details.
Loose cash on the plate is, frankly, the least effective way of giving, although we are always grateful for any offering. It can all too easily represent little considered thought about its real value, it is not tax effective, and it has to be counted, recorded, and stored appropriately. It also represents a degree of risk while being taken to the bank.
* giving methods marked with an asterisk need a separate Gift Aid declaration for us to be able to reclaim tax: that form can be provided on request.
Finally: if you use Self Assessment and are due for a rebate, then do please use the SA Donate scheme to make a one-off gift to Llandaff Cathedral: our reference number for that is HAB05TG (it is also listed on the HMRC website).
Please DO NOT HESITATE to address any queries that you may have to:
Fr John Baldwin, 60 Llantrisant Road, Llandaff, CARDIFF, CF5 2PX
Tel: (029) 2055 4457
Cathedral Website - this page last updated: 25/01/2013 07:05