How You Can Help
For our 30th year, we're asking YOU to help us celebrate and fundraise!
Leave A Gift in Your Will
The Greatest Gift
“Thank you to Ethiopiaid supporters for helping Hope College become such a great place for staff and students – we are all learning so much, and are excited for the future.” Aselesech, Hope College Graduate
Remembering a charity in your Will can be a powerful way to ensure that your estate continues to help the most vulnerable after you are no longer here. Legacies allow charities, like Ethiopiaid, to support the causes that are most important to you for generations to come.
Legacies have the power to transform lives in Ethiopia and create long term positive change.
Funded the establishment of Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. Since then thousands of undergraduates from impoverished backgrounds have graduated with their degrees and can look forward to a better future.
Helped to fund the building of REED House for our partner Cheshire Services. The facility provides space for physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinics for children living with disabilities and is one of the only such services in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Ministry of Health recently recognised Cheshire Services as a centre of excellence.
Enabled us to respond quickly to emergencies. In response to the ongoing East Africa Crisis we were able to support our partner APDA who works in the remote Afar region. We were able to provide £300,000 which funded emergency food, water trucking and sanitation, and livestock support for the most vulnerable families who could not reach aid distribution points.
What you may consider to be a small part of your estate can change the fortunes of people living in abject poverty. The legacies we receive come in all shapes and sizes and for all kinds of reasons, but whatever the motivation, every gift made in a Will is valuable to us.
We understand that your first priority is to ensure the future security of the people you love, and keeping an up-to-date Will that reflects your current wishes is the best way to do that. Once you have taken care of family and friends, if you can spare a gift for Ethiopiaid, we would be extremely grateful.
Writing your Will is an incredibly important and personal experience and we understand that it can be difficult to think about. To help you give the decision the consideration it deserves, we have put together a guide to legacy giving, which will help you through the process. To request your free copy of our guide ‘The Greatest Gift’ please get in touch.
If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will to Ethiopiaid or would like to request a postal copy of our free guide ‘The Greatest Gift’ please contact Christina Pierce-Winters on 01225 476385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For FAQ's, codicil form and information on how we use your legacy's, take a look a here.
If you would like to update your gift aid declaration please either download this form and post it back to us, or, copy and paste the below information into an email and send it to email@example.com along with your full name and address:
By emailing the below you confirm your eligibility for Ethiopiaid to claim Gift Aid tax relief of 25p on every pound you give. This means we can make the most of your generous gift with a helping hand from HMRC.
- Paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that you donate to will reclaim on my gifts for the current tax year.
- Are a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations it is your responsibility to pay any difference.
- Understood that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.
- Understood the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I have given.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid increases the value of your donation by allowing your chosen charity to claim back the basic rate of tax on your gift. At 25%, this means that every £1 is worth £1.25.
Who is eligible for Gift Aid?
You are eligible for Gift Aid if you pay tax in the UK that is equal to or greater than the amount of Gift Aid you will be claiming.
Where does Gift Aid money come from?
The money for Gift Aid comes directly from the UK government as part of the taxes you have already paid.
How do I know if I pay enough tax?
To be eligible for Gift Aid, you need to pay an amount of tax equal to the amount of Gift Aid we will claim. For example, if you donate £10 to us, you must have paid at least £2.50 in tax to be eligible for Gift Aid.
We have a joint account - are we eligible for Gift Aid?
Yes, so long as at least one of the account holders pays tax and that person is identified as a donor making the donation. For example, if Mr and Mrs Smith have a joint account and only Mr Smith pays taxes, the charity donation should be made by Mr Smith.
Can I make a Gift Aid declaration over the phone?
We will only claim Gift Aid from your donations if we have written confirmation from you that you pay tax. However, you can inform us that you are not eligible for tax over the phone.
I'm a pensioner - am I eligible for Gift Aid?
As a pensioner, you are still eligible for Gift Aid if you pay tax on a pension plan, pay capital gains tax, or sell property or shares.
Will you claim Gift Aid on all our donations?
We will claim Gift Aid from all eligible donations. There are a few exceptions, namely CAF as they already have Gift Aid included. However, the vast majority of donations are Gift Aid eligible and there are only a handful of exceptions. We are also able to reclaim for four years of previous donations.
I have already filled out a Gift Aid declaration for another charity - do I have to fill in another one for Ethiopiaid?
Yes, you will need to fill in a separate Gift Aid declaration for each charity you donate to.
I have stopped paying tax. What should I do?
Please let us know so that we can stop claiming Gift Aid on your donations.
If you would like to complete a Gift Aid declaration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider Giving a Regular Gift
Regular gifts are so important to us and are really simple to set up. Knowing that we have a guaranteed income each month helps us to plan ahead and be in a position to respond quickly to our partners needs.
Setting up a regular gift is easy and can be set up at an amount and frequency that suits you. Below are just a few of the benefits of setting up a regular gift.
- Regular gifts can be set up for any amount from £2 per month.
- Your gifts can be given monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually.
- Direct debits can be set up to leave your account on either the 1st or 15th of the month.
- Some banks can offer a better interest rate for customers who set up a regular gift to charity. Please discuss this with your bank for more information.
Setting up your regular gift
If you decide to give your donations by a regular direct debit then you will need to complete one of the following to set it up:
- Click here to set it up online
- Telephone our office on 01225 476385
- Complete the direct debit form and post back to us
- Or, if you already receive our appeal mailings, complete the direct debit section on the response form
Terms and conditions
When setting up your regular gift please allow for a minimum of 15 working days before the date of your first gift.
Regardless of the amount, we are charged a flat fee of 36p per donation per collection. Because of this we can only set up direct debits that are £2 or more in value, and we can only set up one direct debit per donor.
Please be aware that you are free at anytime to alter your gift amount, change your bank details, frequency, or cancel your direct debit if there is a change in circumstance. Please get in touch with our office on 01225 476385 or email us if you have any questions or require further information.
Give As You Earn
Donations are taken from an employees’ salary pre-tax every month, making ‘Give As You Earn’ a tax efficient option, and giving Ethiopiaid a regular, pre-planned income, which helps us to identify how much we can allocate towards specific projects.
Why ‘Give As You Earn’?
- Donations are tax-free
- A time-savvy charitable giving option for busy employees
- Easy for employers to set up
- A fantastic way to bring internal teams together though charitable giving
- Allows us to anticipate regular donations, helping us to allocate funds to specific projects
Sign up for a ‘Give As You Earn’ scheme now by contacting the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), who will be able to help you quickly set up a scheme.
Shop with Ethiopiaid
There is now an easy way for you to donate – simply by shopping online!
Easy Fundraising is a shopping directory that features some of the biggest brands and online stores, including Amazon, Easyjet, Apple Store, iTunes, NEXT, Boots, M&S, British Airways, Debenhams, John Lewis, Dell, Toys'R'Us, HMV and over 600 others.
All you have to do is use the links on the Easy Fundraising website whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, Ethiopiaid will receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!
It' s completely free to register and use and you still shop with each retailer in exactly the same way. Many retailers even offer additional discounts and money saving e-Vouchers when you shop using Easy Fundraising.
All you need to do is click here to visit the Easy Fundraising website and select Ethiopiaid as the organisation you wish to support when you register.
We have put together a few resources for schools to learn more about Ethiopian culture and what our charity does. We have a suggested day of activities:
- Organising a breakfast like those we run for the street children of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Abba
- Discovering the origins of coffee
- Learning how to "dance like an Ethiopian" with traditional Ethiopian dances