Every year Gift Aid is worth around £50,000 to R.A.B.I and it does not cost donors a penny extra. The scheme is open to UK taxpayers only and increases the value of donations by 25 pence in the £1.
You can imagine the impact of this on our charity. Effectively for every £1 someone donates we can claim 25p back from the tax authorities, boosting a £20 donation by an extra £5.
It’s such a good scheme that we are often asked why more fundraising cannot be Gift Aided. The answer is that you cannot Gift Aid money collected from an event such as a dinner or pub quiz because the ticket entitles the buyer to a benefit, for example a meal or entertainment. Gift Aid only applies to donations which are given freely without any obligation for us to offer something in return.
The tax authorities insist on a clear paper trail for all Gift Aid donations. For this reason we have official Gift Aid envelopes and Gift Aid forms which have to be completed and signed by donors - unfortunately you cannot simply ask us to Gift Aid a donation in a letter.
Once you have completed your Gift Aid declaration, we can claim Gift Aid on all your future donations, as well as any made in the past four years.
To request printed Gift Aid forms or Gift Aid envelopes please call 01865 724931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.