Review: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Report – Extremism in Charities

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March 1, 2018 at 11:33

Yesterday the Henry Jackson Society through its Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism released a report on “How Islamist Extremists exploit the UK Charitable Sector.” The report received coverage in The Times, The Sun and our own sector media. It is important to state at the outset that we should all oppose terrorists and extremists that try to abuse charities to achieve their goals. However, this report makes some sweeping generalisations and allegations that tarnish the whole sector and it is important to consider these.

Will new Gift Aid Donor Benefit rules make it simpler for small charities?

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November 28, 2017 at 15:55

In the midst of all the noise around the Budget, a significant change to the Gift Aid rules has been proposed. The proposal appears straight forward on the face of it with the three threshold limits for what can be given as a “thank you” to donors being cut down to two. The current limit of a thank you being worth only 25% of the total value of the donation for the first £100 will remain. But for donations over £100 – charities will be able to give 5% for the part of the donation that exceeds £100. This is […]

Common Gift Aid Questions Answered by HMRC

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April 27, 2017 at 13:41

On the 31st March 2017, CFG hosted its regularly Gift Aid Conference  which was attended by charities, tax specialists and HMRC. HMRC’s Charity Outreach Team, led by Andrew Kayley, spoke about the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and Gift Aid and generously promised to respond to some questions raised in writing. Here are some of the queries and answers that were given by Andrew: Small Charitable Donations scheme (GASDS) & Refreshments  A payment for refreshments after a church service, at a fundraising event or a payment made to have a car washed are not eligible small donations. However, when a charge is […]

Better partnerships needed between finance and fundraising teams

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April 13, 2017 at 14:26

Fundraising isn’t just about fundraisers. It is about the whole organisation. One of the lessons that the sector has had to learn is that good fundraising requires the whole organisation to understand why it is raising funds and how it is going to raise them.

Government must not miss this open goal to help small charities

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October 11, 2016 at 09:25

Follow the progress of the Bill via the hashtag #GASDS  Today, the House of Commons will be debating the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill. This is a Bill that seeks to improve the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS), which has been operation since April 2013 but has unfortunately failed to meet expectations since it was first announced in Budget 2011.

Things to avoid when claiming Gift Aid

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September 8, 2016 at 12:03

Every year, around 70,000 charities claim tax reliefs worth billions every year. But as anyone who has ever interacted with the Gift Aid system knows, it isn’t always plain sailing. Errors are quite common, particularly for small charities, and these can hold up the Gift Aid process – delaying payments and creating headaches for both the charity and HMRC. Last year I wrote a blog post based on the common errors that HMRC’s Charities Team reported on their activities. HMRC have very kindly provided this information again, so here are some top tips for claiming Gift Aid and avoiding errors.

Charities need to stand up for Gift Aid, or risk losing it

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March 4, 2016 at 17:30

Today we have seen another ‘report’ (see Civil Society and Third Sector) on charities by the True and Fair Foundation. There isn’t any point dwelling on the report itself, but it is a  reminder that charities need to do more to explain and defend tax reliefs, such as Gift Aid.

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme: Is it really working for charities?

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December 10, 2015 at 12:15

Charity Finance Group has launched a survey on Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. But why are we doing this and how can you help?

What do charities need to know about the Spending Review?

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November 25, 2015 at 17:06

This Spending Review was full of surprises. As you may have seen from our live blog, we did not expect that the chancellor would have the wiggle room to avoid front-loading cuts early on the in the Parliament. Osborne made a number of positive announcements, and  many charities will be leaving the office today with a sense of relief. 

New Gift Aid Declaration: What do you need to know?

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October 22, 2015 at 16:03

HMRC has today published a new Gift Aid Declaration which all charities that claim Gift Aid will need to be using by the 6th April 2016. So what do you need to know and, more importantly, what do you need to do?