Review of Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

NCVO, the Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Finance Group have launched a review of the effectiveness of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, including a survey of voluntary organisations, open until Friday 27 June.

The three umbrella bodies launched the review after HM Revenue & Customs published data showing the scheme has raised only £7million.

The survey aims to discover whether respondents have made a claim under the scheme, and what problems and barriers they have encountered. Information collected will be used to lobby for changes to the scheme to make it easier for charities to use.

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme allows charities to claim a gift aid-like relief of up to £1,250 a year on £5,000 of small cash donations even if they do not have the usual gift aid paperwork.

But to do so a charity must already have claimed gift aid for two of the last four years, must claim gift aid in the same year as making a Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme claim, must have a good record with HM Revenue & Customs, and must not be connected to another charity by having the same trustee board.

To take part in the survey visit