Gift aiding is simply a way of donating that allows the charity to which they are giving to reclaim the tax that the giver has already paid on that particular donation. When you are making a donation to Alder Hey, you will be asked if you are happy to add Gift Aid onto your donation and to agree, you simply need to tick a box on our donations form. It doesn’t cost you anything extra.

Gift Aid Rules

There are a few simple Gift Aid rules for charities that come with adding Gift Aid onto your donation, the main one being that you must be a UK tax payer in order to proceed. You also contribute Gift Aid with the knowledge that if you pay less tax in total over the year, than is deducted for your donations, then you are liable to pay the difference. Please do make sure you are aware of this before proceeding to tick the Gift Aid option.

The Gift Aid option is available on all Alder Hey donations. You can download and print our sponsorship form, where donors will simply have to tick a box at the side, or you can head to our donate page and select for Gift Aid to be added to your donation online instead. If you are raising money for Alder Hey and asking generous family and friends to contribute to your cause, they will always be given the option to add Gift Aid onto their donation, no matter how much they are donating. Remember, we are so grateful for every single donation that we receive, knowing it will make a difference to the lives of the patients in our care. Please don’t forget to also give a reason for your kind donation, by using the drop down menu at the bottom of the page.

Does Gift Aid cost me anything?

No, Gift Aid doesn’t cost a charity donor anything, it just gives us as the charity the opportunity to claim back 20% of the tax paid on your donation. Gift Aid sits at 25p per £1 of every donation and the only way you would be eligible to pay anything is if you pay less tax overall than the tax that has been deducted from your donation, which is very unlikely.

Gift Aid Rules: do I pay enough tax to add Gift Aid onto my donation?

As long as your donations don’t add up to four times more than you have paid in tax that year, then your donations will qualify for Gift Aid. Whether you’re looking to give a regular donation to Alder Hey Children’s Charity by setting up a monthly direct debit, or you’re donating as a one off in support of someone fundraising, or even if you just simply want to give what you can, we can reclaim gift aid on the sum you give if you are a UK taxpayer. If you are a regular supporter and have opted in for Gift Aid, but your tax paying situation changes, please do inform Alder Hey that you are no longer a taxpayer, so that we can claim Gift Aid within the gift aid tax rules.

As always, team Alder Hey are more than happy to help when it comes to any queries you might have about making a donation or your Gift Aid contribution. If you have any questions or aren’t sure about something, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team today.

We would like to thank everyone donating to Alder Hey for their ongoing support, whether that’s through a one-off donation, a fundraising activity or a regular monthly payment.

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