Fundraise in your place of worship
'It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness'
Amnesty has its roots in different faiths working together to safeguard human rights. Founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a devout Catholic, and Eric Baker, a leading Quaker, along with their friend Loius Blom-Cooper, the campaigning and fundraising of faith groups has always made a difference to Amnesty and the lives of the people we work with.
Amnesty is supported by a range of local faith groups and we welcome all religions who share our vision of promoting humanity and human rights, protecting individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.
Just to know that the 'outside' world had not forgotten me and was continuing to work for my release was an immense source of encouragement during those dark days. I know that Amnesty International played a leading role in these efforts...I owe you my freedom.,
Thich Quang Do, Buddhist monk from Viet Nam
To help you raise funds in your place of worship why not try one of these three easy ideas?
- Host an AmnesTea Order our free tea party kit to get you started
- Take part in Amnesty Hours and do good deeds in return for donations
- Use our gift aid donation envelopes to hold a collection in your place of worship. To promote your collection you could make a display about Amnesty's human rights work and light an Amnesty candle of hope during your service. (To order the envelopes you will need to login to MyAmnesty. Not yet signed up? Register now)
Fundraising made easy
Amnesty on the Hill of Maldon United Reformed Church organised an AmnesTea to celebrate Human Rights Day. Caroline from the group wrote to us to say:
'We held our AmnesTea and managed to raise £83.09. We held the event in the welcome area of the church and advertised it in the local press and with posters around the town. We had a TRAID Craft stall, live music (Tony and Ian played their guitars and sang all morning) we sold refreshments including 'prisoner of conscience biscuits' which were blindfolded ginger bread men...The event had a really good feel...Thank you for all the material you sent - this really helped us make an impact'
Want to get more involved?
Affiliate to Amnesty International's Faith Group Network. Affiliate today to become part of our dynamic and growing international movement of people standing up for humanity. You will receive our Groups Newsletter every quarter, plus the Amnesty magazine. Download the affiliation form (Word)
Link with your Local Amnesty Group and share campaigning and fundraising ideas. If you want to receive our monthly campaigning pack, why not set up as a local group? Find out more
For support contact the Community Fundraising team:
T: +44 (0)20 7033 1650