FINANCE NEWS: CAF chief to call on sector to maximise existing resources

The sector must maximise its existing resources before asking the Government for new tax reliefs, CAF chief executive Stephen Ainger will tell delegates at its annual conference tomorrow.

"It is crucial for charities to maximise the resources already available," he will say. "It is a scandal that only 27 per cent of voluntary giving is tax-effective."

He will argue that it is difficult for charities to ask the Government to introduce new tax reliefs when they are not taking enough advantage of existing forms of tax-effective giving. He will also claim the sector should attempt to diversify its sources of income and not rely too heavily on state funding.

"In the past five years income from statutory sources to the top 500 charities has grown by 36 per cent in real terms, in contrast to a growth of 11 per cent in total income over the same period. In this environment it is vital that we maintain a diversity of income."

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