Gift Aid

Gift Aid covers a wide range of fundraising, from bucket collections to charity auctions. Many thousands of charities miss out on Gift Aid that they could be claiming, so learning how to maximise the value of donations can significantly boost the income of your organisation.

Knowing the rules, understanding your fundraising model and getting the right advice are critical for successfully navigating the Gift Aid system. Explore this section to get a clearer picture of how Gift Aid affects your charity.


The Retail Gift Aid Scheme
2 October 2019
The Retail Gift Aid Scheme (‘RGAS’) is an HMRC approved way for charities (and Community Amateur Sports Clubs) to claim Gift Aid on proceeds from the sale of donated goods ...

Finance Focus Sep 2019
23 September 2019
Let's #tickthebox this year.

Finance Focus October 18
31 October 2018
Gift Aid: Why we're on a mission to get more donors to tick the box

Gift Aid made simple
10 June 2013
Gift Aid made simple guide.

Tax Effective Giving - Made Simple Guide
16 May 2013
Tax effective giving - made simple guide.

Registering for Gift Aid
1 January 2007
This is one of the Institute of Fundraising’s Did You Know series of briefings.

Charities call for boost to Gift Aid amid pandemic fundraising shortfall
25 June 2020
A coalition of leading voices in UK charities has called on the Government to temporarily increase the level of Gift Aid that can be claimed on donations.

CFG urges charities to use day of action to increase understanding of Gift Aid
4 October 2018
Today sees the launch of the first Gift Aid Awareness Day, a national campaign initiated by Charity Finance Group (CFG) to address the estimated £560m of Gift Aid which is ...

Gift aid awareness day
20 March 2018
Following the publication of a government report that has found that £560m of Gift Aid goes unclaimed every year, Charity Finance Group is launching a “Gift Aid Awareness Day” for ...

CFG Consultation Response - Gift Aid and Intermediaries
6 October 2016
CFG has responded to proposed developments surrounding the Gift Aid process.

Our response to the Gift Aid Donor Benefits consultation
13 May 2016
Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Small Charities Coalition have submitted a joint response to the government's consultation into simplifying Gift Aid Donor Benefit ...

Summer Economic Update
8 July 2020
Richard Sagar, Policy Manager, sets out a briefing on today's Economic Update by the Chancellor aided by commentary from our corporate partner experts. Together, they examine how the announcements might ...

Defeating the myths about Gift Aid
3 October 2019
Involving multiple forms, numerous cards and baffling entries on tax self-assessment forms — it is no surprise that the intricacies of how Gift Aid works can appear something of an ...

Gift Aid - restriction on associated benefits
4 October 2018
Michael Godfrey, Assistant Director at PEM shares helpful insight for charities on Gift Aid and associated benefits

Why Gift Aid is great for fundraising
4 October 2018
Lizzie Ellis, Institute of Fundraising explains the benefits of Gift Aids for charities and why all charities should encourage donors to #tickthebox

Gift Aid in the Digital Age
3 September 2018
Sara Vening, Chief Financial Officer, Virgin Money Giving encourages charities to embed Gift Aid into their digital strategy

Common Gift Aid Questions Answered by HMRC
27 April 2017
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 ...

Better partnerships needed between finance and fundraising teams
13 April 2017
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 ...

Government must not miss this open goal to help small charities
11 October 2016
Follow the progress of the Bill via the hashtag #GASDS  

Things to avoid when claiming Gift Aid
8 September 2016
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.

What’s the latest data on charity sector income and expenditure?
10 June 2015
The UK Civil Society Almanac 2015 is here and as ever provides a wealth of valuable data.

Will somebody please think about Gift Aid?
23 April 2015
It may seem odd in the midst of one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent memory to put in an impassioned plea for politicians to think about ...

Budget 2015 – Missed opportunities and targeted giveaways
18 March 2015
The Chancellor has sat down, the media are pouring over the budget documents looking for stories to come out of the figures, but what has been the impact of the ...

#volsecbudget – What should charities look out for?
17 March 2015
Tomorrow will mark the last Budget of this Parliament, and already a great deal has been trailed in the media from inheritance tax cuts to raising the personal allowance. 

Vision for sector post-2015. What did the politicians have to say at the CFG Annual Conferece?
19 May 2014
Following our overwhelmingly successful Annual Conference last Thursday, back at CFG-HQ we are now digesting the political nuggets that were debated in our closing plenary by the Minister for Civil ...

Research questions to get our teeth into on Gift Aid
2 December 2013
The National Audit Office has released a report on HMRC, Gift Aid and other tax reliefs on donations.  Overall it estimates the cost to the exchequer of these tax reliefs ...

NAO report on Gift Aid: Evidence of a lack of evidence
21 November 2013
Today the first of three long awaited reports into charity regulation and tax reliefs was issued by the NAO. 

Digital giving and gift aid: Our response
27 September 2013
Gift Aid enthusiasts have had a lot to chew over the past few months, with proposals on the table from HMRC and the Treasury to make Gift Aid work better ...

The Gift Aid declaration - what's the big deal?
9 August 2013
The Gift Aid declaration has long been a prickly issue for charities tasked with squeezing it onto fundraising forms – and one we have spent countless hours debating with HMRC ...

BHP Chartered Accountants
Ranked at number 17 in the top 40 firms of charity auditors in the UK by Charity Finance magazine, BHP’s charity and not for profit team excels in this sector.

Over the past 50 years, we have taken a leading role in the development and promotion of best practice in the sector and now act for over 300 charity and ...

Goodman Jones
We help charities and social businesses by providing advice, support, and the reassurance that all the financial aspects are well-managed, allowing you to focus on your important work.

Moore Kingston Smith LLP
Kingston Smith can help you meet all these challenges by delivering a comprehensive range of services specially tailored for the not for profit sector including auditing, accountancy, VAT and fundraising.

PKF Littlejohn
Whatever the size of your charity, you want to work with a dedicated and enthusiastic team of people who have a thorough understanding of your world.

Supported Giving
We specialise in providing Digital Solutions, helping charities explore cashless donations, (text donations, using QR codes, facilitating donations using Apple Pay, Google Pay and cards). It also helps charities recover ...

UHY Hacker Young LLP
We advise over 300 charity and NFP clients across the UK, from local charities to major national organisations. Our approach is to provide comprehensive charity audit and accounting services which ...