Donations in lieu of flowers at a funeral have become very popular in the last few years, reducing the requirement for traditional floral tributes. A more philanthropic view point is now taken, with families embracing the opportunity to raise money for a chosen charity, in memory of their loved one. It is estimated that around £100 million in funeral donations is given to charity every year in the UK. On the day of the funeral the minister or person leading the ceremony will be happy to announce that donations are being collected for your designated charity. The funeral director can provide a collection plate for family and friends to place donations, afterwards the funeral director will collect the donations and hand to yourself in a sealed envelope.
However a easier and simpler way of managing charity donations is via online donations. When making your funeral arrangements with RW Barrett and Son will offer to set up your online donation page so its one less thing for you to arrange and gives you peace of mind. For more information on memorial pages click here
The benefits of moving online
By allowing funeral donations online, the reclaim of GiftAid becomes as simple as ticking a box. People also feel more reassured by donating online as they can see the money going straight to charity and also how much is being collected. Online is the simplest way to collect charity donations people simply go online and enter how much they would like to donate. Nobody has to collect the money and count it up, it minimises the amount of loose change.
What is Gift Aid
Donating through Gift Aid means charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It won’t cost you any extra .Gift Aid is an income tax relief designed to benefit charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC). If you’re a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your charity donations by 25% because the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift at no extra cost to you.
The process is really simple; all you need to do is fill out a Gift Aid Declaration form. This is a statement from you to the charity confirming that you want to donate through Gift Aid and receive tax back on your donation. Charities don’t pay tax on most types of income , which is why the tax paid on financial gifts to charity can be claimed back.
Your donations won’t qualify for Gift Aid if they are more than four times what you’ve paid in tax that tax year. If you stop paying enough tax at any point, you must let the charity you’re donating to know.
Donations in Lieu of flowers
A story of one of many families that have took advantage of RW Barrett and Son service of a online memorial page being created on behalf of them – The family were really passionate about raising money for Cancer Research as this charity was very close to their heart. A online memorial was created and the family shared the page via social media and told all their friends and family about the page that was created. By using the method the family raised an amazing amount of £1200 for Cancer research.