Lagan’s Foundation FAQs
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is a scheme by the UK government that enables charities to increase the value of donations made by reclaiming the basic tax rate that has been paid on the gift.
At the moment, we can claim 25p for every £1 that you donate. This means if you donated £100 to our charity, we would receive an extra £25 at no additional cost to yourself, which we will use to help the lives of families and children affected by complex living needs.
What are the Gift Aid rules?
There are a few rules you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re thinking of signing a charity up for Gift Aid:
- We can only claim donations if the donor has filled out the Gift Aid declaration for.
- We can only claim donations if the donor has paid a sufficient amount of Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax that year.
- Donations won’t qualify for Gift Aid if they are worth four times the amount that the donor has paid in tax that year.
- We must have a system or database of all donations made and any changes to our donors tax statuses.
- If a donor receives a specific benefit for donating to our charity, it will not be seen as a voluntary donation by the government and won’t qualify for Gift Aid.
How to donate to a charity in someone’s name
In order to donate to charity in someone’s name, you should first ensure that you know which charities they would be interested in donating to.
Once you’ve chosen a charity to donate to, you’ll want to head over to their website where they will most likely have a donation portal. Once the donation is complete and you’ve donated in someone else’s name, you should receive a donation letter.
This donation letter is then the gift you’ll want to keep hold of and give to the person whose name you donated in honour of.
How do charities make money?
There are a number of ways charities make money, and they may often raise money from a variety of sources so they are protected against any drops in vital funds.
Donations are one of the most common ways charities make money, including one-off donations, direct debit, sponsorships for events and money left to charities in wills.
Some charities also sell goods or services to raise money. This could be doing things that are part of their mission, such as selling charity tickets to events. Some charities may even sell their own products and donate all the profits back into the charity.
Are charity donations tax deductible?
Yes, in the UK if a company makes a donation to a registered charity and there is no direct benefit to the donor, then a corporation tax deduction will be available.
Does volunteering affect benefits?
Volunteering shouldn’t affect your right to receive benefits since you do not get paid for it. You can volunteer and still receive benefits so long as you meet all the conditions of your benefits.
If you volunteer full time and receive an allowance from your volunteering organisation, you will not usually be able to receive benefits.
How do I become a Volunteer for Lagan’s Foundation?
The benefits of volunteering for Lagan’s Foundation are enormous for both you, the family you support and the community.
There are lots of different volunteer opportunities available including volunteering for home support, general events and administrative roles.
You can find more information on volunteering for Lagan’s Foundation here.
How do I donate to a charity using cryptocurrency?
Donating to a charity is safe, easy and fast. Your chosen charity should have a cryptocurrency widget on their page which you can click on to access the donation portal. Just follow three simple steps:
- Select your preferred cryptocurrency and enter the gift amount;
- Type in your email address and basic information, or you can donate anonymously;
- Make your gift!
Once you’ve made your donation, you can choose to receive an automatically generated tax receipt that will be sent to the email address you provide. This confirmation of your donation will help you close the loop when calculating your taxes.
What is The Giving Block?
The Giving Block is the number one crypto donation solution which makes it easy for charities and non-profit organisations to accept cryptocurrency donations, and for donors to donate in a more tax efficient way.
What is Gemini Trust Exchange?
The Gemini Trust Exchange is a cryptocurrency platform for buying, selling, storing and spending cryptocurrencies.
Users of Gemini can seamlessly make charitable donations to a choice of over 300 different charities and nonprofits.
Can I mail a donation to Lagan’s Foundation?
Yes, you can mail a donation to Lagan’s Foundation as we accept Cheques. Mail cheques to:
Flexspace, Office 16,
Bolton BL3 2NZ
Can I donate cash to Lagan’s Foundation?
We take cash at events and raffles; however, we prefer bank transfers or card payments.
Can I donate to Lagan’s Foundation using PayPal?
Yes, you can donate to Lagan’s Foundation using PayPal.
All you need to do is enter the donation portal, enter your details and how much you would like to choose and then choose the option for PayPal.
Can I donate to Lagan’s Foundation with Visa?
Yes, you can donate to Lagan’s Foundation with Visa .
All you need to do is enter the donation portal, enter your details and how much you would like to choose and then choose the option for card payments, which includes Visa.
Can I donate to Lagan’s Foundation with Mastercard?
Yes, you can donate to Lagan’s Foundation with Mastercard.
All you need to do is enter the donation portal, enter your details and how much you would like to choose and then choose the option for card payments, which includes Mastercard.
Can I donate to Lagan’s Foundation with American Express?
Yes, you can donate to Lagan’s Foundation with American Express.
All you need to do is enter the donation portal, enter your details and how much you would like to choose and then choose the option for card payments, which includes American Express.
Can I donate to Lagan’s Foundation using a CAF account?
Yes, you can donate to Lagan’s Foundation with a CAF account.
All you need to do is enter the donation portal, enter your details and how much you would like to choose and then choose the option for CAF payments.
Can I put Lagan’s Foundation in my will?
Yes, you can donate to Lagan’s Foundation in your will.
Simply state whether you’d like to donate a fixed amount, a specific item, or whatever sum of money is left once the other gifts have been distributed.
In order for the donation to be legally valid, your will needs to be formally witnessed and signed.
What is Amazon Smile?
Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to your preferred charity organisation at no extra cost to you.
This is a fantastic way to support your favourite charity every time you shop. Charities can benefit from your purchases whilst you receive the same services and products at no extra cost.
How to set up Amazon Smile
- Open a web browser and visit smile.amazon.com
- Use your usual login for Amazon.com
- Choose Lagans Foundation as your charity (Thank you)
- Start shopping for all your Amazon purchases
- Checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate your donation to Lagans Foundation
What purchases are eligible for charity donations?
Eligible products are marked “Eligible for smile.amazon.co.uk donations” on the product page. Millions of products are eligible for donations to charities (recurring subscriptions and renewals are not eligible for a donation).
How much of my purchase will Amazon Smile donate?
Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price, excluding vat, gift wrapping, shipping & handling and returns.