What is Gift Aid?
If you live in the UK & Ireland, Gift Aid can turn every £1 donation into £1.25 at no extra cost to you. Under the Gift Aid scheme, the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can top up every £1 given to Mothers' Union with up to 25p. To make sure donations are eligible for Gift Aid, you need to be a UK taxpayer and will have had to have paid an amount of income/capital gains tax in the UK at least equal to the amount of tax reclaimed by all charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs on all your donations in the tax year (6th April one year to 5th April the next). For example, to claim £2.50 on a £10.00 donation, you must have paid at least £2.50 in tax. Taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.
What do we need to claim Gift Aid?
So that Mothers' Union can claim Gift Aid we ask that you and anyone who may sponsor you complete a Gift Aid Declaration when making a donation. This declaration must include:
- Full name
- Home address with full postcode - work addresses do not count
- Mothers' Union's name must be on the form
- Details of your donation, amount and date given
- Charity number
- Generally there will be a tick box to confirm it is a Gift Aid donation
A few things to know if you are raising money using sponsorship forms
We cannot claim the Gift Aid without the forms so please return the completed sponsorship forms to us along with your donations.
Please ask people to donate separately rather than as Mr & Mrs Smith, or The Smith Family. Gift Aid can only be claimed on an individual's donation.
We will not use details on a Gift Aid declaration form for any marketing purposes unless this is requested.
Make sure you fill in the 'date payment received box' on the sponsorship form when you receive the donation.
JustGiving and other online fundraising sites will prompt your sponsors to complete the Gift Aid declaration provided.
More information about Gift Aid can be found at the HMRC's website.
If you are organising your own event, please note that money raised through sales of tickets, goods or refreshments is not eligible for Gift Aid.
For further information or if you have any queries regarding Gift Aid please contact us.