The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Elstree Schools’ Foundation is a registered charity (charity number 1107027).

This means you can choose to add Gift Aid when you donate, thereby increasing the value of your donations by 25% – at no extra cost to you. Gift Aid is a significant source of income for us and we are grateful for all Gift Aid declarations received.

How Gift Aid works

To use the Gift Aid scheme, you need to be a UK taxpayer.

You will need to make a Gift Aid declaration for the Habs Foundation to be able to claim Gift Aid on your donation.

  • On the declaration, you can also ask for all your donations over the previous four years to be Gift Aided retrospectively
  • Your donations will qualify as long as they are not more than 4 times what you have paid in tax in that tax year (6 April to 5 April)
  • You will need to let us know if the amount of tax you pay falls below that level (or if you change your name or address)

Lower-rate taxpayers

HMRC allows charities to reclaim 25p in Gift Aid for every £1 donated by eligible supporters. This means that by making a Gift Aid declaration, the value of your donations will automatically increase by 25%.

For example, if you make a Gift Aided donation of £1,000, the Habs Foundation can claim a further £250 from HMRC:

  • Your donation will cost you £1,000
  • The Habs Foundation will receive £1,250

Higher-rate taxpayers

In terms of what the Habs Foundation will receive in Gift Aid, this works exactly as for lower-rate taxpayers. Yet for higher-rate taxpayers, there is also a further benefit to you.

Higher-rate taxpayers can claim back (from HMRC) the difference between the higher tax you pay and the basic rate which applies to your donation. So if you donate £1,000, the Habs Foundation can claim back £250 as usual, making your donation worth £1,250. However, since you pay 40% tax (for example), you can personally claim back £250 (£1,250 x 20%).

  • Your donation will cost you £750
  • The Habs Foundation will receive £1,250

If you choose, you can factor this into the amount that you donate.

To receive this tax relief, you must include all of your Gift Aid donations on your self-assessment tax return or ask HMRC to adjust your tax code.

Gift Aid declaration

Please complete the Gift Aid form below (web form).

Or please download, complete and return the following form:

Gift Aid form

This form can be provided to us after you’ve made your donation; it does not have to accompany it. You can cancel this declaration at any time. Please see the Habs Foundation privacy notice.