Fundraise in your place of worship
People of faith have been involved with Amnesty from the beginning. Peter Benenson, a Catholic, and Eric Baker, a Quaker, were two of the organisation's founding members and many others have supported our work since then. Now our faith network includes representatives from all major religions across the UK.
The campaigning and fundraising of faith groups has always made a difference to us and the lives of the people we work with. Whatever your faith, we welcome your group our network of affiliates 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 Vietnam
To help you raise funds in your place of worship why not try one of these three easy ideas?
- Host an AmnesTea party. Order your free kit to help you started
- Take part in Give it Up by getting sponsored to go without a luxury. Or organise a youth Give it For Human Rights Day to get younger people involved
- Use our Gift Aid donation envelopes to hold a collection in your place of worship
- Organise a sponsored walk. Read our guide for ideas.
Real life story
Reverend Magdalen Smith of the Wilmslow Church of England Parish held a fundraising event where they encouraged people to take action on Amnesty cases. Magdalen wrote to us to say:
'Throughout the day about 40 people sat in one or both of the cages. We served tea, coffee and homemade cakes. We had two template letters of recent case which people could sign on behalf of political prisoners and then we sent them off altogether.
'More than anything this day was the inspiration of my daughter, Eve, a 12 year old with a highly developed social conscience. We had hoped to raise £200 but have ended up raising over £1000.'
Reverend Magdalen Smith
Action of the month
People from all walks of life have found themselves bearing the brunt of a society where racism and xenophobia has become more prevalent.
We all need to be urgently reassured that we’re safe, protected and welcome here. We must ensure that no racism, xenophobia or hate crime goes unnoticed. We need you to call on your local authority to make sure they are on high alert and taking all incidents seriously. Find out more here.
Want to get more involved?
Affiliate to our faith group network today to become part of our dynamic and growing international movement of people standing up for humanity. You will receive our groups newsletter and the Amnesty magazine. Download the affiliation form at the bottom of the page.
You could also connect with your Local Amnesty Group and share campaigning and fundraising ideas or if you don't have a local group near you, why not set one up. Find out more about setting up a group
If you have any questions please contact the Community Fundraising team via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7033 1650.
- Faith network affiliation form