Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Acts 435 was inspired by the works of the early church, as described in the Acts 4:32 to 4:35. the early disciples of the risen Christ shared their possessions, and passed money to the apostles to give to anyone who had need.

Acts 435 was set up in 2009 in recognition of the increasing needs of people in UK poverty in a time of recession and austerity. After a short pilot it was officially launched in 2010.

Acts 435 was the brainchild of a Yorkshire businessman who wanted to connect people struggling financially through the branch-like network of churches with people who want to support those in poverty in a direct way. He recognised the donor fatigue in charity giving where donors want to be connected with a specific cause and know their donation is not just going into a general pot of funds. This is particularly important for those with only a small amount to give, so that they too can be sure their gift will make a difference.

By partnering with local churches and charities, Acts 435 facilitates this direct connection of people in need with people who want to help. Church and charity advocates post the requests, knowing the genuine needs in their community, and donors can give to these requests by online giving. Requests are essentially met by crowd-funding. A small gift can make a big difference, lifting a burden or preventing a crisis for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Acts 435 guarantees that 100% of every donation goes to the person in need. It functions with a very small Head Office which since 2016 has been fully funded by Gift Aid receipts.

Acts 435 is a registered charity with the Charity Commission, registered number 1131305, and with the Office for Scottish Charities, registered number SCO42550.

Our Patron

The Patron of Acts 435 is the Archbishop of York, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr. John Sentamu. He was consecrated as Archbishop of York in 2005 and launched Acts 435 in July 2010 at General Synod.

Acts 435’s registered office is Bishopthorpe Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of York.

In 2009 the Archbishop launched his own Youth Trust, helping young leaders across the North of England in the work they are doing within local communities.

Our Trustees

Acts 435 has a Board of Trustees consisting of 5 trustees as follows:

  • Margaret Sentamu (Chair)
  • Julian Richer (founding trustee)
  • Mark Fordyce
  • Peter Warry
  • Sarah Rhodes (a local advocate)

Our Team

Acts 435 is able to operate with a very small central team because it works through local churches and charities.

Jennifer Herrera is Executive Director of Acts 435 and has been involved in the charity since operations began in October 2009. Jenny grew up in York, where the charity is based, and is a chartered accountant by profession. She lived in Guatemala in Central America for 6 years, and where she served as Field Director for Kids Alive Guatemala, running an orphanage and day-care centre.

Katie Greene is the Communications Officer for Acts 435 and looks after all our social media as well as writing blogs and other communications sent out via email, and for our website. Before coming to Acts 435 in 2016 she worked for Christians Against Poverty for 7 years, most recently in the Communications Department.

Rhona Ellwood is Acts 435’s Administrator and has been with Acts 435 since 2015. Previously she worked for York Diocese as office manager and PA to the Diocesan Secretary.

Our Volunteers

Acts 435 works through a wonderful team of volunteers who are Acts 435 advocates in our participating churches and charities. Our current list of participating churches and charities can be found here