Membership organisations to explore how Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme is working

28th May 2014

CFG, IoF, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), have today released a new survey to find out how the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme is working.

Following recent figures released from HMRC which show £7million had been claimed in the first year of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, this new survey aims to find out the experience amongst the voluntary sector on how the scheme is working. Estimates from government forecasted the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme could bring in around £50 million a year for charities.

The survey can be accessed here and will be promoted to the members of all three organisations, and also be open to all in the voluntary sector until June 27th.

Anna Bloch, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer at Charity Finance Group said:

"As early indications show that the government’s Gift Aid Small Donations scheme has fallen well below the intended target, we want to understand why this is happening. A number of reasons could be responsible such as a lack of clarity around the eligibility criteria or an overly burdensome claiming process. This research will allow us to have an informed conversation with government about how to improve the scheme, so that the sector can make full use of the value of this scheme. It is crucial that government engages with the sector on this issue to ensure the effective use of charitable funds."

Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research at Institute of Fundraising said:

"We want to see the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme be as successful as possible, contributing extra resource to thousands of charities’ income. With only £7million claimed so far, we think this is the right time to explore whether the scheme is operating as well as it can and for organisations to tell us their experience of the scheme. We want to know whether the scheme is easy to use for those charities who have made a claim and find out the reasons why others have not yet done so. We hope that this survey provides us with some useful knowledge that enables us and government to best ensure the scheme is a success."



1. Charity Finance Group’s vision is to inspire the development of a financially confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector. CFG works with finance managers to enable them to give the essential leadership on finance strategy and management that their charities need; promoting best practice in charity finance, driving up standards, campaigning for a better operating environment and ensuring every pound given to charity works harder. CFG has more than 2,200 members, and collectively our members are responsible for the management of over £19bn in charitable funds. 

2. To find out more about this research please contact Anna Bloch on, or on 020 7871 5477, or CFG's policy team on

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