Coffee mornings, bake sales and Gift Aid
The HM Treasury is highlighting steps that charities should take to ensure that fundraising at coffee mornings and bake sales can be eligible for Gift Aid.
Gift Aid can be claimed on charitable donations from taxpayers, but not when the money is given in exchange for goods. It is feared that many charity bake sales could be missing the opportunity to claim Gift Aid because they charge directly for the items they are selling.
The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick, said that he was clarifying the Gift Aid rules for anyone running a coffee morning: “If you ask people to make a donation and offer them a coffee or cake, you could be making 25 per cent more on the funds you raise.”