Corporate giving

Tax incentives for charitable giving - Payroll giving - Corporate giving - Legacies - Gift Aid and museums

Companies can get corporation tax relief on many different types of gifts to your charity, including money; sponsorship; land, buildings or shares; and company equipment, trading stock or staff help.

A charity cannot reclaim Gift Aid on corporate donations and therefore it is not necessary to obtain a Gift Aid Declaration from a company donor, which simplifies the transaction.

The donations are deductible from the company’s gross profits before corporation tax, which offers a useful incentive to companies to make donations.

The benefit levels that a charity can offer a company in return for a donation are the same as those for Gift Aid.

According to figures compiled by Arts & Business, corporate donations to the arts have fallen year-on-year for the past four years and it is vital for charities to understand and promote incentives for corporate giving.

For more information and to research potential corporate partners, see the Company Giving website.

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Further advice

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Search the MA’s Find an Event database under ‘fundraising’ for training and workshops on boosting charitable giving