The CBM is funded by donations and we would appreciate your assistance. Should you wish to be specific as to where your funds should be spent, contributions can be directed to any of the activities of the Bible Mission which include:
- General fund (covering preaching and pastoral needs)
- Welfare fund
- Specific projects (Project Aid)
We have a number of ways in which you can make a donation which are explained below.
You can also raise money for the CBM by savings stamps.
This is the most common method of donating to the CBM.
How often have you been asked, “What happens when you die?” You have probably answered along the lines of returning to the dust and sleeping in the earth until the Lord Jesus Christ returns when the resurrection will take place. All perfectly in line with Bible teaching.
But have you ever stopped to think about those who are left behind when you die? Each year over 60% of those who die in the UK do so without having written a will. In legal terms this is known as dying intestate. You may ask what the problem is: everything I have will automatically go to my spouse/children/siblings or whoever. It may surprise you to learn that that is not necessarily the case. In fact, many who die intestate leave a trail of debts and anguish for their loved ones to deal with and who gets what is determined by the Government, often taking a large portion for themselves.
Making a will is the only way you can be sure that your wishes will be followed after you die. If you do not, part or all of your estate may go to people whom you never intended to benefit.
Clearly, we cannot give legal advice here, and anything to do with wills is best dealt with by those trained to deal with them: solicitors or registered will writers. Homemade wills can become a legal nightmare because of badly worded phrases, and the costs of getting a simple will written professionally will probably be in the region of £200: money well spent for peace of mind.
The exact wording needs to be discussed with a professional – your “son” or “daughter” for instance could be a younger member of the ecclesia that you treat as your own, but in actual fact has no legal title to your estate. It is this type of complication that a competent professional should help you deal with.
Once you have decided to make, or amend, your will, what are you going to write? This is your opportunity to determine what should happen to the wealth the Lord has blessed you with in this life, when you fall asleep. It is your opportunity to help members of your family, or remember a dear friend, or help one of the many Christadelphian charities to further their work. There are 3 different types of gift that you can include in your will:
· A Pecuniary Gift (sometimes referred to as a bequest) – this is a set sum of money, e.g. “I leave to the Christadelphian Bible Mission £5,000 for the spread of the Gospel overseas”.
· A Specific Gift – this is often an object rather than money, say a painting or piece of furniture, e.g. “I leave to the Christadelphian Bible Mission the painting that has hung over the lounge fireplace for the past 10 years”.
· A Residuary Gift – this is what is left after all debts, Pecuniary Gifts and Specific Gifts have been met from the estate. It can be given to a single person/organisation, or apportioned to several different people/organisations which you determine, e.g. “I leave the residue of my estate split in equal amounts to my son John Smith, to the Christadelphian Bible Mission and to the Christadelphian Meal-A-Day Fund.”
Writing a will with professional advice is also a good way of avoiding payment of taxes on your estate. All charities are currently exempt from paying Inheritance tax, Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax, so a charity benefits from the full value of your gift to them. Further, under current tax legislation, monies left to a charity in your will are taken off before calculating any Inheritance Tax liability on your estate.
Quoting from the Government’s own advice, “There are good reasons to make a will. You can make sure you do not pay more Inheritance Tax than necessary.”
We emphasise again: please take professional advice on these matters. It is a good idea to review and, if necessary, update your will every couple of years to ensure it is still relevant.
If you decide that you would like to leave some of your estate to a charity, it is always helpful to your executors if you include the Registered Charity Number to allow the executor to find the latest registered address. The Registered Charity Number for the CBM is 1020558.
Donate now – by Electronic Funds Transfer / BACS
If you would like to donate to CBM through an electronic funds transfer direct from your bank account, please email the Treasurer for the CBM bank account details. When you transfer the funds, please email the Treasurer if there is any specific instructions for use of funds, otherwise it will automatically be placed in the general fund. To assist with bank reconciliation please advise details of such transfers to Treasurer.
Do you shop online? Did you know that you can generate free cash donations for the Christadelphian Bible Mission every time you shop online? By utilising a simple commission device set up by many online shops, The Giving Machine is able to donate money to the CBM as a result of your online transactions. It will not cost you anything extra – the commission from the online shop is paid to the Giving Machine which then passes on at least 75% of the commission earned on your transaction to the CBM.
It is simple to set up:
- Go to www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk
- Join as a shopper/giver
- Choose to support “Christadelphian Bible Mission”
- Download the Giving Machine icon to your desktop
- Remember to shop at The Giving Machine every time you shop
You will find numerous shops at the Giving Machine. Many pay commission on all purchases, some (including Tesco and Asda) only pay on certain purchases. Each shop and its trading terms are listed on the Giving Machine website.
This is a painless way to raise extra income for the CBM that would otherwise be lost. Please encourage other members of your ecclesia and your family to register and use this service to benefit the CBM.
Cash or cheque donations can be made directly to the CBM treasurer.
You can donate to the CBM by text. Simply send a text “CBMX01” plus an amount to 70070. Any of the following amounts can be sent:
The amount you choose to donate will either be taken from your balance if on a pay-as-you-go phone or be added to your monthly bill if on a contract. The CBM receives 100% of what you donate. You will receive a text back inviting you to Gift Aid your donation, adding even more to the amount given to the CBM. This service can be used on any network.
If we all committed ourselves to a pound a day towards the work of the CBM we would have more than enough to cover the work that is carried out. You can simply do this by making a monthly donation to the CBM of £30. You could do this via a regular credit card donation or standing order. You can select the purpose for which you wish to have these funds applied or simply contribute them to the general fund and leave it to the CBM to determine the areas of greatest need.