As many of you know, Gift Aid is a great government scheme that means charities can claim back 25p for every £1 donated. What you may not know, is that charities are also able to claim Gift Aid as part of a crowdfunding campaign. For those that are eligible, it’s a really simple process and could help you raise a significant amount more for your cause. For example, if you're crowdfunding campaign raises £10,000, you could increase that to £12,500 with Gift Aid!

How to add Gift Aid to my project

To add Gift Aid click on the edit project button on your dashboard and go to the Basics section

Then scroll down to tick the Enable Gift Aid button. The gift aid box will then be enabled for donations.

If you have a rewards project, whilst adding your rewards you will need to tick the box to say that the reward is eligible for Gift Aid so that the Gift Aid option will appear when supporters pledge on that reward.

N.B. Charity Profile pages will automatically collect Gift Aid declarations and also have the option to use Swiftaid to collect Gift Aid on your behalf.

There are eight steps to claiming Gift Aid on Crowdfunder

1. Apply to HMRC for recognition as a charity or CASC for tax purposes

You should make sure that your organisation is set up to be eligible to receive Gift Aid as soon as possible. You may also need to register with the Charity Commission if your annual income is greater than £5,000.

2. Nominate an authorised official and/or nominee.

3. Check that your rewards and pledge amounts are eligible for claiming Gift Aid.

4. When editing your project, tick the Gift Aid box for eligible rewards.

The following declaration will then appear to backers who select Gift Aid when they pledge.

5. Tick the address box for eligible rewards too. 

You’ll need the names and postal addresses of your backers in order to claim Gift Aid.

6. Run a successful Crowdfunder campaign!

7. Download your Gift Aid report.

This is available to download from the Reports section of your dashboard. The report contains the names and addresses of supporters who selected Gift Aid when pledging to your project. You will need this when claiming Gift Aid from HMRC.

8. Make a Gift Aid and tax repayment claim.

You can find further information here: https://www.gov.uk/claim-gift-aid/overview

Please note: If you are set up on Crowdfunder as a Charity Profile Page then you will have the gift aid enabled as standard on your donations and also have the option to use Swiftaid to collect Gift Aid on your behalf.

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