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Thread: Does your Scout Group do gift aid?

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    Does your Scout Group do gift aid?

    Does your Scout Group do gift aid?

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    No, don't think so!
    Last edited by Jason; 28-05-2004 at 09:47 PM.

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    Mine does
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    Both my old group and the now the Explorer unit do gift aid. From what the respective Treasurers have siad it is fairly strait forward to do and I know we have had a couple thousand pounds back since it started.
    It's not often the Tax man gives something away (you should see my pay slip sometimes )so make the most of it!

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    yeah - a big group can easly get a lot of money from gift aid
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    Yeah we do it. Its easy money

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    We just started doing it. Once you've got over the initial apathy from parents and got the forms signed, it's a great way of getting money for your Group.
    I'd recomend it to anyone!
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    Its Not Just Groups

    Its not just Scout Groups that should be using Gift Aid. Districts and Counties should use it as well.
    On a slightly different tack, our District and County wont consider any request for finacial help unless a group is registered for Gift Aid.

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    Everyone does it in my district and most of the counity as well. Its easy money for little work it should be encouraged everywhere

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    Being a GSL, I've just put in motion a 'new members' pack. It contains all the info on Gift Aid, the usual group details & personal info forms but also a request they fill in a CRB form.

    The reason for that is, we maximise our Gift Aid input but also should we want a family camp, it's not a logistical nightmare getting all the parents done.

    By-the-way, on that personal info form is a tick box to get around the digital camera issue. All have ticked yes but for those that dont, you just pull their kids to one side if anyone even thinks about getting a camera out.

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    I've run Gift Aid since I started as GSL, even in a small group "Free Money" isn't a bad idea. It's just hard work chasing up all the new parents, even when it's in the welcome pack.

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    Speaking of which, tonight I'm wandering down to one of the section meetings so I can grab parents as they come to pick up their kids.

    I'll have an arm full of letters, with the usual tear-off strip at the bottom and where possible, I'll get them to fill them in there-and-then and I'll drop them off with the Group Treasurer on the way home.

    It's so much easier to get some other uniformed leader (GSL or borrow another section leader for 15 minutes) who knows a bit about the inner-workings of Gift Aid to do it at that time. Section leaders can concentrate on the kids and packing away while your Gift Aid 'salesman' can do their bit in the background while parents wait.
    Simon

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    I think Gift Aid is a brilliant system. Amogst other things i am the Treasurer for Fusion ESU, and this year we are going to benefit from nearly £400 of "free money". We normally use it to help towards the cost of summer camp.

    I keep track of who i've had gift aid declarations from, and those parents that haven't returned them (with a yes/no to whether they qualify) simply keep getting the form each term with the subs letter!

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    Currently no we do not, but this was a subject brought up at our recent AGM by our DC. I am personally looking into helping getting this started although I spend enough time with the multiple tasks I already perform with our groups Scouting sections & commitee. The plan is to help a parent get Gift Aid started & set-up within the group then for the parent to take this on him/herself.

    Any advise anybody has to give is most welcome... How do you currently run your Gift Aid?

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    Talking RE: gift aid

    my group has now found an easier way of getting gift aid and that is simply to get parents to sign a form which is printed on the front of the envelope!!!

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