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Shop with AmazonSmile

What is it?

AmazonSmile first launched in the USA and then expanded to the UK in November 2017. Originally it only benefited 11 major charities, but now small and large UK registered charities can sign up.

How does it work?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. When you shop the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity.

How do you sign up?

1. As the authorised representative of your charity go to org.amazon.co.uk

2. Search for your organisation using your charity number and enrol

3. Create an administrator account and accept the participation agreement after reading carefully

4. Verify your email address

5. Submit your bank account information

6. Upload a copy of your bank statement to verify your banking information

7. Send your supporters instructions on how to use AmazonSmile to benefit your charity

8. Start shopping!

 

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PayPal Giving Fund

Paypal and eBay are now offering registered charities (of all sizes) a great way to raise additional funding via a service called the PayPal Giving Fund. 

Once you have created a PayPal account for your charity you can then enrol to the Giving Fund for free and your charity will appear on the PayPal website and app, allowing the public to make direct donations. Enrolling to the fund also displays your organisation on eBay for Charity and your supporters can then sell items and donate all or part of the proceeds to your charity. Your charity will also be part of Go Fund Me, where supporters can run individual fundraising campaigns on your behalf. 

They also offer additional tools such as a donate button for your website to allow you to accept direct donations without having to use a 3rd party online donation site. They can also provide PayPal Here card readers which would let you accept chip and pin or contactless donations in person at fundraising events.

Enrolling for the fund is straightforward;

  1. Create a business account for your charity with PayPal and follow the instructions on how to enrol for the PayPal Giving Fund.

 2. Encourage your supporters to donate to you on PayPal, eBay and other online platforms by putting a donate button on your website

PayPal processes the website donation and provides a receipt to your donor and transfers the funds to your charity without charging any fees

Read the PDF guide on how to enrol

 

Tax Refund

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor.

This means they can claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 donated, boosting the value of the donation by a quarter.

How does Gift Aid work?

When a UK taxpayer gives a gift of money to a charity, tax has already been paid on that money. Because voluntary organisations are exempt from tax, you can claim this money back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

How is Gift Aid calculated?

Under HMRC’s Gift Aid scheme, charities can reclaim an amount equal to basic rate tax (20%) on the amount of the donation, plus basic rate tax already paid by that taxpayer on that donation. Take a £100 donation, the fraction applied to calculate Gift Aid is 100 x 20/80, which is 25% of £100 which equals £25. This means that the charity receives £125 for a £100 donation.

Why are some donations not eligible for Gift Aid?

Donations from non-UK taxpayers are not eligible for Gift Aid and HMRC regulations also mean that Gift Aid can’t be reclaimed on a donation if:

  • the donation was on behalf of someone else or a group of people
  • the donation was on behalf of a company
  • the donation was to a family member or friend doing an event where the charity is contributing to their costs
  • the donation was made in return for goods, rights or services.

Someone made a mistake when making their donation and Gift Aid hasn’t been claimed – what can I do?

Once a donation has been made it isn’t possible to adjust the Gift Aid on it, it must be refunded and the donation made again.

How do you get recognition from HMRC for your charity?

You must register your charity’s details with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to get tax back on things like Gift Aid donations, using the Government Gateway

To register have the following charity information at hand:

  • bank account details and financial accounts
  • trustees details including dates of birth and National Insurance numbers
  • registered charity number
  • charitable purposes of your organisation
  • your charity’s constitution (governing document)

 

Originally, declarations had to be made in writing but they can now be made orally, although the charity must confirm the declaration in writing and keep a copy of the confirmation.

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