Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Gift Aid

Quick Gift Aid Guide

What is Gift Aid? ACT claims the basic rate of tax on donations paid by UK taxpayers. For every £1, ACT gets an additional 25 pence. Genius

How does it work? It’s simple. When you tick the Gift Aid box on a donation form, ACT can reclaim tax from the HM Revenue and Customs – at no extra cost to you

How about higher rate tax payers? We’ve got that covered too! If you’re a higher rate tax payer, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of 40% and the 20% basic rate on the total of your donation.

Can ACT claim Gift Aid on all donations? Not quite.  We can claim Gift Aid on donations paid directly to the charity or on money for sponsored activities. However, we can’t claim Gift Aid on donations from family members or friends of participants in a sponsored event where the charity is contributing to their costs (e.g. if the charity pays for a marathon place).

Gift Aid also isn’t available on:

  • Donations made on behalf of someone else, or a group of people, or a collection
  • Donations on behalf of a company
  • Money from ticket sales for an event, or money raised at an event, e.g. coffee morning

We can claim Gift Aid on money from a collection bucket or collection pot under the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme (GASDS)

Can ACT claim Gift Aid on my future donations? Absolutely. All you need to do is make a one-off Gift Aid declaration. We’ll tell you how it’s done.

Find out more about Gift Aid at


Download the Gift Aid declaration form or make your declaration online