Information for missionaries and overseas Christian workers about raising support.


Support raising

This section has information about raising personal support.

OSCAR articles about support raising

'Mission work hit by Falling Pound' by Michael O'Neill

Article on the impact of the recession on personal support.
To read the article, go to Mission work hit by falling pound

'12 Step Support Strategy' by Bill Dillon

An overview of the 12 step support strategy from the book 'People Raising' by the same author.
To read the article, go to 12 Step Support Strategy

'Gift Aid for Christian Workers' by Anthony McKernan

Article on how individual Christian workers and Bible College students can receive Gift Aid tax relief on donations made to them.
To read the article, go to Gift Aid for Christian Workers

'Supporting Missionaries' by Neal Pirolo

A look at the various types of support needed by missionaries.
To read the article, go to Supporting Missionaries

To find training events for raising personal support, go to

Personal support raising resources

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UK resources & courses

DCI Global Partnership Money Forum

This forum has some good information about raising support.

Funding the Family Business

If you need to raise personal support, don't miss a rare opportunity to attend one of these training events. Normally only available to the staff of a few large Christian organisations, these 'open-invitation' events are packed with knowledge and practical guidance.


Stewardship's aims are to facilitate effective giving, promote biblical principles and practices, raise standards in financial and legal administration, and provide training events and resources on stewardship issues. Stewardship partner with Christian workers to help in the finances of those that raise their own support for ministry. They handle giving for individuals involved in full-time Christian work and also provide training, guides and practical tools to help with finance more...
Tel: 020 8502 5600

The Impact Giving (UK) Trust

The Impact Giving Trust are a registered charity that has been offering services for Christian giving for over twenty years. The Trust’s aim is to support the spread of the Gospel by all practical means, in particular by channelling donations to Christian beneficiaries such as churches, Christian workers, mission, and relief work. They are interdenominational and are a member of the Evangelical Alliance.
They help individuals to maximise their giving through the use of Gift Aid and organise their giving more effectively with minimum administration. They help Christian workers (and church treasurers) by increasing their income by reclaiming tax on their donors giving (28p for every £1) and by reducing their administrative burden, freeing them to concentrate on their ministry. They do not charge for their services - they operate a donation only policy.
Tel: 01768 594 082
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Web information

This US website, now part of The Journey Deepens website, has some good information and advice about support raising.

'A New Look at Missionary Support', International Training Partners

This website has an article that looks at raising support for missionaries. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this .pdf file.

Fund the Ministry

Developed by US based 'Fund the Ministry', the Dynamic Partnership Development training program (DPD) is a coaching resource which helps develop faith in your heart so you overcome the fear of fundraising and march on to gain full funding.

Southern Nazarene University 'Mission Trip Support Raising' by Howard Culbertson

This is a brief outline for developing a support raising strategy. There is also a powerpoint presentation on raising support, some fund raising ideas for short term trips and some sample fundraising letters.
Tel: ++ 1 405 491 6693 (USA)

Traidmission Limited

Traidmission, based in New Zealand, exists to help those who are in a position to help others, to complement existing programs and add experience and expertise to those who wish to develop new projects. They can help and advise on fundraising.
Tel: ++ 64 9 263 0651 (NEW ZEALAND)

YWAM Relational Fundraising Course

This course will equip you to build a team of ministry partners who will financially support you to do ministry. It is designed for Youth With A Mission, but is applicable to anyone, 
from any organization.

Funding the Family Business

by Myles Wilson (£15.99, ISBN: 0955332001)
First published in 2006, this support raising workbook is aimed at those in the UK raising their own personal support. The latest edition was released in 2011. For a review, go to Funding the Family Business.

Friend Raising

by Betty Barnett (£7.99, ISBN: 1576582833)
Friend Raising brings together God's plan for missions support with principles proven in the field. The book focuses on the practical pillars of lasting support raising: intimacy in relationships, interdependence, mutual love and sharing, bearing one another's burdens, generosity, communication, and prayer with promises. The latest edition was released in 2012.

Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising

by Peter Sommer (£12.53, ISBN: 0830822186)
This down-to-earth handbook offers a clear, biblical perspective gives step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the tools unique to each person's support-raising task. The latest edition was released in 2009.

People Raising

by William P. Dillon (£12.99, ISBN: 0802464483)
This book deserves a mention because of the impact it has had on many missionaries raising support. The latest edition was released in 2012. For a review of this book, go to People Raising.
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Supporter management software/websites/apps

Access thankQ

thankQ is the complete software solution for the not-for-profit sector, providing contact and relationship management to keep in touch with your supporters, donation and Gift Aid processing, mail management, events and grants administration and more. thankQ can be tailored to your exact requirements, incorporating your own terminology and integrating with your existing systems, helping you get the most from your IT.
Tel: 0845 835 0192


This donor tracking and fundraising software is geared more towards organisations, but it may also be useful for projects or missions.


DonorElf is made specifically for missionaries who raise their own financial support, and it takes the pain out of managing donors and donations.


The Donor Management Program for Missionaries is a Windows based program designed to help missionaries in keeping track of information about and ministry to their ministry partners. It is designed specially for missionaries who raise their own financial support.  The program is made available for FREE to those in the missionary community.

dTracker - Donor Management System

An MS Access based system for receipting and publications. Used by a number of Australian Mission offices. Handles Australian postal requirements.


Ebase is a complete non-profit database solution. With it’s comprehensive feature set, ebase can help you manage donors, prospects, volunteers, activists, email lists and more – all in one place. There is no fee for downloading and using the single-user version of ebasePro .

Friend Files

Friend Files is a program for managing information for people who raise support.  This is not for home offices, but for the people out in the field (or individuals in home offices).  The program is completely free.
Friend Files is designed to help you keep in contact with supporters.  The program allows you to:
1. Maintain an up-to-date list of names, address, phone numbers, and other information about supporters
2. Keep track of contributions
3. Keep track of letters you write to supporters
4. Analyze your support: how it has changed over time, how much support comes from which regions, etc.
5. Maintain lists of e-mail addresses
6. Print mailing lists and address labels
7. If you receive monthly financial statements by e-mail from certain agencies, you can do all of this just by pasting the e-mail statements into the program
8. If you aren’t on the field yet, Friend Files helps you to keep track of prayer and financial pledges

Five Two Foundation 'GrassRoot'

Simple and secure online fundraising for churches, non profits, individuals and groups. Get your own donation platform setup in minutes.

IRIS DonorStrategy

Donor Strategy is a complete donor strategy management software solution:
- Manages fund-raising, alumni & relations, events, finance & reporting
- Full, secure local or remote access


This is a very simple online platform which enables you to manage your fundraising and contacts in one place (online). Costs start at $24 per month (for an individual) but there is a free trial.

Lasa aims software

AIMS is a contact management database. The software is easy to use, and can be customised by you to meet your requirements. Best of all, our entry level package is completely FREE of charge, is fully operational and contains everything you will need to start capturing details of your clients, the work you do and the outcomes you achieve.
Tel: 020 7377 2806

Missionary Support Team App

This has been specifically developed with the missionary in mind to help track contacts, donors, and pledges. It gives the ability to carry your donor contact information with you at all times and access it by the tap of your finger. If you need a phone number, or simply directions, the information is immediately available. You can track your financial or prayer support commitments by setting up specific groups. The app can be a tremendous help to new missionaries as they begin their support raising adventure. 

The Raiser's Edge

This sophisticated fundraising management system is geared more towards organisations.


Sola's online platform has everything you need to manage your support, all in one place. Sola was developed with the help of missionaries and administrators with the goal of providing organizations and those they send out with the support they need.

TntMPD Support Raising Software

TntMPD is a FREE downloadable programme for managing your relationships with your supporters. It is written specifically for missionaries who raise their own support. 

Trusts and grants for individuals

Christians in Overseas Service Trust

Christians in Overseas Service Trust (COST) assists short term volunteers to obtain initial funding, which enables and facilitates them through the provision of a modest but significant monetary grant. The intention is to 'kick-start' the process of fundraising. They are also open to contributions for their fund, which then enables them to support more short-term mission workers.
Tel: 07712 765105

John James Charitable Trust

The Trust aims to support Christian individuals or organisations involved in ministry, education and training, sports, business development or other activities that support the advancement of the Christian faith in the UK or overseas.

Timios Trust

The Timios Trust is a Christian organisation whose purpose is to help those who wish to help others. We award travel bursaries to individuals undertaking voluntary Christian service projects. Please explore the site in order to find out about the kind of projects we support, our criteria for making awards and information about how to apply for a bursary.

Toby's Fund

Toby’s Fund provides grants for young people based in the Scottish Borders to engage in practical Christianity, in the UK or abroad.
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Further trust & grant information

The Association of Charitable Foundations

They provide information and guidance for both grant-seeking individuals and UK charitable foundations, as well as researchers.

The Charity Commission for England & Wales

The Charity Commission's website often contains the most up-to-date details of any charity or trust, so should be used when contacting a trust. You can also search the database with keywords, and read the annual reports of any trust, making it a useful tool for researchers.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

The newly formed NI charity regulator doesn't yet have a searchable list of charities online, but it is planning to build one!

Directory of Social Change

DSC has produced various categorised directories of grant making trusts for many years. These are available for reference use at libraries across the UK. It's the cheapest way to research trusts. DSC also provide an online searchable database of these trusts, but a subscription is needed to access this. A version of this database is available for individuals seeking funding.
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National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)

Your local CVS can give you advice on applications for funding to local & national trusts and grant making bodies. Some of them also have display boards and other presentation equipment often loaned free of charge for your deputation meetings.

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Not to be confused with other charities of similar name or web address, OSCR provides overview information on Scottish charities and trusts. Annual reports and detailed accounts are not available from their website, but these can always be requested direct from the charity.

UK Fundraising

Information on a whole array of fundraising issues.
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