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Charity chief executives support Gift Aid campaign

The chief executives at RNIB, NSPCC, WWF-UK, Save the Children and British Red Cross, together with the UK Director of Fundraising at Barnardo’s, have signed an open letter in support of changes to Gift Aid proposed by the Institute of Fundraising.

They have been joined by the chief executives of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (acevo) and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

The letter to the editor has been published in The Guardian

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According to the Institute, it ought to be easier for fundraising organisations to benefit from the additional tax relief available to higher rate taxpayers, and therefore Government should introduce changes which would allow higher rate taxpayers to donate the full amount of tax relief which they are eligible to reclaim back to charities.

In addition to the letter, the Institute has presented proposals to HM Treasury, is encouraging members to signs it online petition for Gift Aid reform to the Prime Minister, and is urging them to adapt and send a letter to their MPs.

Louise Richards, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Institute, said: “In order to push Government hard for change it’s vital that we are able to demonstrate wide support from across the sector. As a result we’ll continue to mobilise fundraisers and charities alike to back our campaign and lobby their MPs on this issue.”

www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

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