Fundraising FAQs

What is Gift Aid?
How can Sense claim Gift Aid on the money I raise through sponsorship?
What is Matched Giving?
How do I pay in my money?
What is online sponsorship?
What can my fundraising efforts do for Sense?

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a tax relief system administered by HMRC to promote charitable giving and increase the value of a donation.

UK charities are entitled to reclaim £0.25p from HMRC on every £1 donated by UK taxpayers. So Sense can increase a £1 donation to £1.25.

How can Sense claim Gift Aid on the money I raise through sponsorship?

To Gift Aid a sponsorship pledge costs you absolutely nothing. All we need is a statement or acknowledgement from your sponsors to confirm the following essential information:

  • Their title
  • First name or initials
  • Surname
  • Home address and postcode
  • Acknowledge that they can meet the Gift Aid statement requirements outlined on the sponsorship form

Gift Aid cannot be claimed against a company or work address.

And finally - don't forget to keep your sponsorship forms safe. We will need them to make our Gift Aid claims!

What is Matched Giving?

Many employers support their employees' chosen fundraising activities so it's worth asking your employer if they would be happy to support you. You may also need to register your chosen fundraising activity with your employer before you start to fundraise, so it is important to act quickly.

Some employers don't have clear policies or have their own set of rules - so find the right contact and check out the criteria. Some have schemes such as the pound-for-pound, and others have a maximum amount that they are prepared to give.

This is a really easy way to increase, or even double, your fundraising efforts. And remember that it's not only the big companies who give to charities!

How do I pay in my money?

Cheques

All cheques should be made payable to Sense. You should forward the cheques to us as soon as you receive them. If you have a large number of cheques or a cheque for a large amount, you may want to send them by registered post.

Don't forget to write your name on the back of the cheques or attach a covering note to enable us to accurately assign them to the correct record.

Please send your cheques to:

Sense Events Team
101 Pentonville Road
London N19LG

Online fundraising

Money collected through online fundraising websites such as Justgiving.com or virginmoneygiving.com come directly to the charity. We will keep an accurate documentation of all the money that reaches us in this way and record it against your target.

We will be able to confirm your online fundraising total after the deadline for collecting your sponsorship has passed, or when you tell us that you have finished your fundraising activities.

Cash

It is not safe to send cash, even notes, in the normal post. If sponsors give you cash or make cheques payable to you, pay the money into your own account and send us a cheque for the equivalent amount.

What is online sponsorship?

When you start your fundraising, make sure that you set up your own personalised sponsorship page. Creating your webpage is really quick and easy to do.

You can then start spreading the word about your fantastic challenge by emailing the link to your page to everyone you know, even those who live far away, to ask them to sponsor you. You can also put the link to your page under your email signature so that every email you send is a sponsorship request!

Money collected through online fundraising websites such as VirginMoneyGiving.com or Justgiving.com come directly to the charity. We will keep an accurate documentation of all the money that reaches us in this way and record it against your target.

We will be able to confirm your online fundraising total after the deadline for collecting your sponsorship has passed or when you tell us that you have finished your fundraising activities.

What can my fundraising efforts do for Sense?

We are delighted that you have undertaken to raise money for Sense. You will make an enormous difference to lives of deafblind people in the UK. Below is a small sample of activities that your fundraising efforts can pay for:

£5 – could buy a set of musical bells to help stimulate even the tiniest amount of a deafblind child's hearing in music therapy.

£7.50 – could pay for a deafblind child to experience sailing and feel the wind on their face on their Sense holiday.

£15 – could pay for a tactile book for use at a Sense family centre to develop a child's sense of sight and touch.

£25 – could buy an interactive light tube to help stimulate a deafblind child's remaining sight.

£50 – could help pay for a deafblind child's vital first assessment.

£250 – could kit out a home with sensory 'trails' enabling the deafblind residents to identify specific rooms, stairs etc, enabling them to live in a safe, secure environment.

£500 – could pay for a child to undergo a specialised educational development assessment to establish what their learning abilities are.

First published: Friday 27 July 2012
Updated: Tuesday 22 December 2015