Gift Aid Conference Birmingham

Gift Aid Fraud

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
2 Bridge Street
Birmingham B1 2JZ

The government has reported that there is £600m of Gift Aid not being claimed in the charity sector each year. Getting the most out of Gift Aid is essential for increasing your charity’s fundraising income and maximising the value of donations.

This conference aims to provide attendees with a good understanding of the main issues in Gift Aid and practical advice on topics such as Gift Aid and membership schemes, online giving and Gift Aid fraud. There will also be Q&A sessions at the end of each session to give attendees a chance to put their Gift Aid questions to the speakers.

Who should attend? 

This event would be useful for all those working in roles that work with Gift Aid on a daily basis including finance directors, treasurers, finance managers, senior accountants, charity consultants and trustees.




Helen Blundell, Director, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Richard Sagar, Policy Manager, Charity Finance Group

Sinead Mandlik, Tax Manager, Sayer Vincent

Sara Vening, CFO, Virgin Money Giving

Dan Fletcher, Director (Fundraising), Kingston Smith


Refreshment and registration


Welcome from the host


Chair’s welcome


Delegates will have the chance to discuss challenges they are facing.

Richard Sagar, Policy Manager, Charity Finance Group


Gift Aid and Membership schemes

Many charities run supporter or membership schemes and they are an important source of income. Sometimes Gift Aid rules can be complex to understand and many charities struggle to be compliant. This session will consider how the Gift Aid rules impact membership schemes and ensure that you are compliant, whilst also maximising income.

Sinead Mandlik, Tax Manager, Sayer Vincent




Online giving and intermediaries

Online giving is one of the fastest-growing fundraising methods. New rules around how to claim Gift Aid via fundraising sites will make it even easier for the public to make claims on income received online. This session will discuss the issues that organisations need to consider when fundraising online and how these impact on claiming Gift Aid.

Sara Vening, CFO, Virgin Money Giving






Gift Aid and small donations schemes

Changes to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme came into effect in April 2017. Although the scheme is potentially worth thousands of pounds to charities, it is still heavily under used. This session will explain the reformed scheme and how to make the most of claims.

Helen Blundell, Director, MHA MacIntyre Hudson




Gift Aid fraud

HMRC has detected and foiled fraudulent Gift Aid claims from charities totalling more than £10m in each of the last two years, and is considering prosecuting a number of those organisations. This session will provide you with measures to take to protect your charity from potential Gift Aid fraud and information on what to do if it happens.

Richard Sagar, Policy Manager, Charity Finance Group




Afternoon break


The impact of GDPR on Gift Aid declarations

In order to claim Gift Aid you need to be able to manage your data effectively to meet the requirements of HMRC. This session will outline the rules and how to comply as well as prepare for a Gift Aid audit.

Dan Fletcher, Director (Fundraising), Kingston Smith




Chair close and end of conference.

Charities - Members£119.00
Charities - Non-members£152.00
Corporate - Members£249.00
Individual - Members£119.00
All Prices Inc. VAT

This conference is kindly hosted by