Call for charities to claim Gift Aid

Helen Barrett

Small charities are failing to collect Gift Aid on donations, according to a new report by the Institute of Fundraising.

The report says 39 per cent of the UK's smallest charities - those with voluntary incomes of less than £100,000 - have not made a Gift Aid claim in the past year, and 71 per cent of them consider the sums involved too insignificant to bother collecting. Only 23 per cent of larger charities said they would not bother to collect Gift Aid.

"It's up to individual charities to ensure they turn their apathy into positive action in making use of this income stream," said Lee Grant, tax-effective giving project manager at the institute.

The research also found that religious, international and benevolent fund charities had the highest proportion of Gift Aid claims. Housing, community development and advocacy organisations were least likely to claim.

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