For Donors

How the UKFC works for Donors

We make donating to non-UK charities as simple as possible for UK donors.

Donors give to UK Fund for Charities because they know that we have expertise in international giving. They value our technical evaluation of non-UK charitable organisations and our knowledge of the UK legal system and charity laws.

Make a donation

You can make a donation to the UK Fund for Charities and recommend one of its International Programme members to receive a grant. Or, you can tell us about a nonprofit organisation you would like to support and the UKFC will verify that they are a suitable organisation to receive grants.

UK taxpayers, regardless of residency or nationality, can make donations to the UK Fund under Gift Aid. Higher rate taxpayers should include all Gift Aided donations on their Self Assessment tax return in order to receive any tax relief due or they can donate this tax relief too. See Gift Aid info for details.

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A step by step process of how the UKFC works for Donors

You are a current UK Taxpayer (living inside or outside the UK) and wish to support a non-UK charity.

UK taxpayers, regardless of residency or nationality, can make donations to the UKFC.

The charity you wish to support needs to be a member of the UKFC International Programme.

You can make a donation to the UKFC and suggest one of our many validated charities to receive a grant. Browse current validated charities

If wish to support a non-UK charity that isn’t currently validated by the UKFC then please tell us about the charity and we will then verify that they are a suitable organisation to receive grants. Only organisations that qualify under UK tax laws as being eligible to receive grants from UK charities will be accepted as members of the International Programme by the Trustees of the UK Fund.

Donating to the UKFC

We make donating to non-UK charities as simple as possible for UK donors.

The UK Fund for Charities administers a Gift Aid reclaim service so that once a donor has made a donation, provided name and address details and “ticked the Gift Aid box” the UKFC is able to make the claim to HMRC. Once the reclaimed tax has been received by the UKFC it is added to the original gift.

Tax Effective Giving (Gift Aid) is a powerful part of UK Giving. It is designed for charities but is useful for the donor too.

You can give cash, shares, property, personal property and other items to the UKFC – on behalf of our International Programme members – all qualify for a tax deduction.

Donations must be received by the 15th of the month preceding a quarterly Board Meeting in order for a grant based on your donation to be considered at that meeting. Board meetings will normally be held in February, May, August and November.

Please note: When donating to the UKFC you are only suggesting a non-UK entity you wish to support. It’s up to the Board of the UKFC to decide whether or not to follow the donor’s suggestion of the non-UK charitable entity to support.

Make a Donation Online via BT MyDonate

Download, Print and Complete a PDF Donation Form if you prefer the good ol’ ways.

Retained Amounts

Currently the administrative costs of the UKFC are under 2% of donations received. Where Gift Aid is applied the costs are more than covered by the Gift Aid reclaimed and costs are reduced on donations that don’t attract Gift Aid. See the retention scales below:

Donation Amount Retention if Gift Aid Retention if no Gift Aid
Up to £100 20% 15%
Next £9,900 10% 5%
Remainder over £10,000 1% 1%

Gift Aid

Under UK tax law charities can increase a donation’s value through a UK Government approved plan called ‘Gift Aid’ meaning that a UK registered charity can recover the basic rate tax that a UK tax payer has paid on his/her donation.  This doesn’t cost the donor anything but, at current tax rates, it increases the value of the donation by 25% in reclaimed Gift Aid tax.

The UK Fund for Charities administers a Gift Aid reclaim service so that once a donor has made a donation, provided name and address details and “ticked  the Gift Aid box” the UKFC is able to make the claim to HMRC.  Once the reclaimed tax has been received by the UKFC it is added to the original gift.  Follow the Donation Form link to see how your donors can make their Gift Aided donations.  All UK donors are very familiar with the concept of “Ticking the Gift Aid Box”.

UK Government Information about Gift Aid

This is the link to the Inland Revenue’s website explaining Gift Aid.  It is designed for a charity but is useful for a donor http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/gift_aid/


Giving Through the Self Assessment Return

In addition Gift Aid UK donors who complete annual Self-Assessment Tax Returns or are higher rate tax payers may be eligible for a personal tax repayment and are able to nominate a charity of their choice to receive that repayment as a donation instead.

  • The donation will be paid directly into the charity’s bank account
  • The SA Tax Return form includes a Gift Aid declaration as Gift Aid is applicable to the donation
  • The Gift Aid will be paid without the charity having to make a repayment claim

We suggest that donors notify the UKFC or their recommended charity if they have made a donation in this way. The donor must enter the identification code of the UKFC on their SA tax return.  The Identification Code for the UKFC is:

QAU47BG