Can the arts afford to ignore Gift Aid?

Can the arts afford to ignore Gift Aid?

Michelle Wright, Programme Director for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and CEO of Cause4, has written an article for The Huffington Post on Gift Aid, and the need for collective action from arts and culture charities.

"One of the very curious aspects about arts charities and their culture is that often they are lazy about claiming tax relief, and specifically the Gift Aid that is available to them. If we're not careful, DCMS will not be able to defend the arts to Treasury adequately, when quite rightly the Treasury can point to the huge amount of Gift Aid that goes unclaimed by arts charities. In fact, rather than the arts lobby 'bleating' about cuts, it is collective action from the arts and cultural sector that is now needed to support the likely forthcoming campaigns to help the public and donors to understand Gift Aid better, and to support any ensuing Gift Aid reform." Read Michelle's full article on The Huffington Post website