"excel in this grace of giving" (2 Cor. 8:7)

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

Worth £1.26 billion in 2015/16 Gift Aid is a generous government affirmation of the rich contribution made to society by faith communities, charities and amateur clubs. Churches do well in encouraging Gift Aid declarations and are efficient in claiming but cannot afford to stand still. Alongside is the new Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, slow to start but worth up to £2000 a year to churches. It pays to maximise these income streams and avoid the pitfalls.
The personal relationships most givers have with their church means that churches generally have a good track record in encouraging folks to Gift Aid their giving. But there is no room for complacency either in recruitment or in administering Gift Aid in the local church. New church members may not be familiar with Gift Aid or anxious about tax and giving and they must be aware that they must have paid enough tax to cover the Gift Aid claims on all their charitable giving in a given tax year. The recipe for Gift Aid sucess is good promotion, good administration and awareness of the pitfalls - and that goes for GASDS too.