Treasury Gift Aid forum has its inaugural meeting

Cancer Research UK and Oxfam will lead the first meeting of a Gift Aid best practices forum, being held at HM Treasury, today 26 June.

The aim of the forum is to allow charities to learn from each other and share best practice and innovative approach to Gift Aid. More than 50 representatives from charities and sector bodies will attend.

The first meeting will be used to plan a steering group, which is likely to have between six and 10 members. Other details such as how often the forum will meet, expected to be quarterly, and whether members will meet in person or via an internet link will also be decided.

Those present at the first meeting will be able to put forward questions or issues they have encountered in their organisations.

Naomi Ball, Gift Aid manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “The operation of Gift Aid can be complex and we hope that this forum will enable charities to maximise the Gift Aid benefits on the donations they receive. It will allow us to learn from each other and work with HMRC Charities in an open and consistent manner.”

Sioned Jones, Head of Business Support at Oxfam GB, added: “Working together, sharing expertise and best practice on Gift Aid is a great step forward for the sector. Ultimately we hope that it will lead to better protection and an increase to this income stream for charities.”

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