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What is Gift Aid?

A guide to Gift Aid for donors

Gift Aid is a tax relief allowing UK charities to reclaim an extra 25% on every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer.

When you make a donation, you'll have the option to tick the Gift Aid declaration option and provide your details, enabling a charity to subsequently claim Gift Aid. This declaration is compulsory for donors intending to allow Gift Aid to be reclaimed on their donation and requires the donor to acknowledge and confirm that they, and their donation, meet the necessary requirements for Gift Aid.

You can add Gift Aid to your donation in most cases where you’re donating on your own behalf and you are a UK taxpayer.

You cannot claim Gift Aid in the following cases:
- where you’re making a donation in return for tickets, goods or services
- where you’re making a donation on behalf of another individual
- where you’re making a donation on behalf of a company
- where a charity is contributing to the cost of an event/challenge

GiveWheel does not provide a Gift Aid reclamation service but collects Gift Aid declarations from donors at the point of donation and makes these available to charities. For charities that have connected a Stripe account, donations on GiveWheel are made to the recipient charity who are entitled to reclaim eligible Gift Aid from HMRC themselves. GiveWheel makes this process easy by providing exportable, itemised donations reports that include Gift Aid eligibility.

For charities that have not connected a Stripe account, donations are made directly to Charities Trust (charity no. 327489) for disbursement to the recipient charities. Charities Trust reclaim Gift Aid on the donations in their own name and transfer both the donation and reclaimed Gift Aid monthly to the charities as specified by the fundraiser or donor, minus their disbursement fees.

Gift Aid metrics on the platform are representative of how much Gift Aid is eligible to be reclaimed, not a guarantee that the charities have reclaimed Gift Aid.