If you’re a UK tax payer, Gift Aid can top up your donation through Localgiving by 25% at no extra cost to you. Gift Aid is a government scheme allowing charities and community groups to increase the value of donations made to them.
Gift Aid makes a huge difference to small charities, but if a charity isn’t registered with the Charity Commission or HMRC, it can’t claim Gift Aid. In addition to this, many smaller groups don't have the time and resources to process the required paperwork for Gift Aid claims.
At Localgiving, we take care of the claim process on eligible donations, so charities and community groups can concentrate on the great work they do. Our unique donation journey means that we are the only online giving platform that also enables unregistered groups to benefit from Gift Aid.
Gift Aid is a UK Government initiative that allows tax relief on money donated to UK charities.
Gift Aid lets charities reclaim the basic tax rate for a total of 25% on every donation. This means that for every £1 donated, HMRC provides an additional £0.25 supplement. Please note: tax rates are subject to change.
Through Localgiving, when you choose a charity or community group to support, your donation is made to the supporting Foundation which is registered with HMRC to claim Gift Aid. This means that even a group that’s too small to register as a charity can still benefit from the added value on your donation.
If you pay a higher rate of income tax, your donations may be included in the allowances on your tax return. This means that your donation costs you 20 - 25% less.
To qualify for Gift Aid, a supporter must:
• Be a registered UK tax payer
• Be donating their own money (not money collected or raised offline, or money donated on behalf of someone else)
• Pay enough income tax and/or capital gains tax to cover the amount reclaimed by all charities and CASCs donated to in this tax year (VAT and council tax do not qualify).
• Confirm that the donation is for the general use of the charity and will not in any way directly benefit the donor or their family (membership fees do not normally qualify for Gift Aid)
• Provide personal details for their Gift Aid declaration