Gift aid your charity shop donations

What is it and how does it help?

Did you know that when you donate goods to our Shelter charity shops, if you are a UK taxpayer then we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give? This costs you nothing extra and works through a government scheme called Gift Aid.

UK taxpayers pay income or capital gains tax. When you donate goods to our shops and complete something called a Gift Aid ‘declaration’, all we do is simply claim that back. This means we can do even more with your kind donation – without you having to do any extra work!

How do I get involved with Gift Aid?

It's easy – just complete our form below. We know it might look a little overwhelming, but there’s good news: you will only have to do this once! When you have submitted your declaration, it will apply to all your eligible donations from the last four years – and to any donation you make in the future.

Got any questions before you start? Visit our Gift Aid frequently asked questions.

Make a Gift Aid declaration

By completing and submitting this form, you agree to the following terms:

Shelter will act as your ‘agent’ to sell your donated goods on your behalf, the sale proceeds (minus commission of 2% plus VAT) can then be donated to the charity as a Gift Aid donation.

Our agency agreement
Shelter (Trading) Ltd will act as your agent in selling the goods, from which a 2% commission fee + VAT will be deducted from the proceeds of the sale. The net proceeds from the sale of the goods can then be donated to Shelter. It will not be necessary to write to you to confirm the donations, provided that the total net proceeds from the sale of the goods so far in the tax year has not exceeded £1,000 but where they do, Shelter will write to you to seek consent to those funds being donated over and above the initial £1,000, and will write with in-year updates as further goods are sold. We will also write to you at the end of the tax year to confirm the sale proceeds for the year and Gift Aid we have claimed. Any goods that are unsuitable for sale or goods that Shelter is unable to sell will be recycled or disposed of and will not be returned.

As the owner of your goods, you can choose to donate all or part of any sale proceeds over £1,000 within the tax year. Shelter can claim Gift Aid on the agreed donated amount after any commission (including VAT) has been deducted. You also have the right to keep any of the sale proceeds over £1,000 within the tax year (minus commission of 2% plus VAT).

Gift Aid Declaration
Shelter would like to reclaim the tax you have paid on all donations you have made in this tax year, the four years prior to this year, and on any donations you may make in the future. Important: if your tax circumstances change or name/address details change, please notify Shelter in writing confirming these changes. You must be a UK taxpayer. If you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year, it is your responsibility to pay any difference.