Sue Ryder launches Gift Aid for donated goods

first_imgIn the original trial we sent out 800 letters to donors and only three came back saying they wanted their money, said Hodges. In fact we had more phone calls saying what a good idea it was and that people were pleased to see we were making the most of our resources.The scheme was tested in 18 shops in Kent and East Sussex and is now being rolled out to all Sue Ryder Care shops.Hodges said he was glad the charity had managed to come to an agreement with HMRC and had come up with wording and systems that satisfied HMRC’s requirements.He said he hoped this would lead the way for other charities to be able to claim Gift Aid on donated goods. It’s not just for large charities, he said. This could represent a significant bit of free income for groups of hospice shops for example.The Institute of Fundraising has been following the development of Gift Aid systems and director of policy and campaigns Megan Pacey said she had checked with HMRC that the Sue Ryder scheme complied with all their requirements because lots of people have tried to do this before but it hasn’t worked. You need to make sure you have dotted all the Is and crossed all the Ts.. Anyone else who wishes to develop such a scheme must make sure they have explicit approval from HMRC, she said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 November 2006 | News Sue Ryder launches Gift Aid for donated goods About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Tagged with: Trading Sue Ryder Care has launched a ground-breaking scheme to claim Gift Aid on goods donated and sold in its shops. After a long trial process and consultations with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) approval has finally been given for the scheme.Director of retail at Sue Ryder Alan Hodges said that it had been a long and complicated process, but that the charity now believed it had set up a workable system that was acceptable to all parties. When people bring donations into any of Sue Ryder’s 400 shops they are asked if they would like to Gift Aid the proceeds. If they agree, they are asked to fill in a form with their name and address and sign an agreement to donate. The form states that they may decide to keep the money rather than donate it to Sue Ryder Care if they change their minds. The charity then acts on behalf of the donor to sell the goods. A tracking system keeps tabs on the items and once they are sold, a letter to the donor is automatically generated explaining how much has been raised. The donor then agrees to donate the money to the charity, or in a small number of cases to keep it. Advertisement  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Two California firefighters injured battling Silverado Fire

first_imgToa55/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two Orange County Fire Authority firefighters have been critically injured while battling the Silverado Fire in Southern California.The fire started Monday morning on vegetation at Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road, according to the City of Lake Forest.The firefighters were injured near the fire’s point of origin around noon, OCFA Captain Jose Gonzalez told reporters during a news conference.As of Monday afternoon, the blaze had burned 2,000 acres and remained at 0% containment, fire officials said. About 20,000 homes were evacuated, and 500 personnel were fighting the fire.The injured firefighters are ages 31 and 26 and are both intubated at the hospital, Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy said at a press conference.One of the firefighters suffered second- and third-degree burns on 65% of his body, while the other sustained second- and third-degree burns on 50% of his body, Fennessy said.“It’s one of the hardest things any fire chief can do, is to report one of the firefighter family members have been injured or worse,” Fennessy said. “This is tough for me, tough for all my firefighters.”The fire is continuing to spread due to winds of 20-30 mph, Gonzalez said. The windy conditions were expected to continue into the night.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more