Back the campaign

The campaign is now over which means you can no longer sign up to support the campaign. Thank you for everyone who supported Give It Back, George -you made the campaign a success.
The cap on income tax reliefs that George Osborne announced in the Budget will negatively affect voluntary organiations, both large and small.

It will discourage the major donors that give large, one-off donations to many charities. And it’s important to remember that today’s gifts are also tomorrow’s grants. These donors are behind many of the grant-giving trusts and foundations that support frontline organisations.

Help us get the decision reversed

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  • Think about ways you could spread the word at grassroots level, such as writing to your local paper or raising it with your MP.
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Have a look at our supporter page for detailed instructions on how to help the campaign move forward.

Also: Let us know your news and views on the Gift Aid cap.  We’re really keen to hear from you if you’re a donor or a charity who might be affected by the measures. Email us: it back George banner

23 Comments on “Back the campaign”

  1. Simon Pilcher says:

    There is a connection problem with the form above. I want to sign up to show my (extreme) dismay at this move but cannot. Please let me know when the website is fixed


  2. Clive Hewitt says:

    Doesn’t the lack of communication between the Chancellor and the P.M. on the damaging effect of this Budget measure on Charitable giving suggest there’s something suspect behind the Government’s stated intention that the voluntary sector should take on more responsibility for ‘The Big Society’ ?

  3. Tom Keys says:

    The Government seem to forget the contribution VOLUNTEERS make to Society, those volunteers can only be effective where donor funds are made available, to tax these sends the wrong signals to volunteers, , the burden of fulfilling the work then falls on the Local Authority, and in turn Central Government.
    So give the voluntary sector more, instead of taking away.

    Tom Keys

  4. Yes I agree the Government should take more responsibilty for the Big Society and support the Voluntary sector more to make it happen.

  5. Loretta Borg says:

    The introduction of a cap on tax relief for charitable donations could have a significant impact on the number and amount of donations being made. Trusts and Foundations will most likely see a drastic reduction in donations given this move by Government and many voluntary sector organisations will be effected. Part of the Big Society ethos is to encourage individuals to support community projects and charities and many higher rate tax payers do this through giving large donations, what has happened to encouraging philanthropy?

  6. SharonMcCarron says:


  7. Andrew Kelly says:

    The Big Society needs infrastructure and this has to be paid for somehow. Its also amazing that the Chancellor thinks that donating to charity via gift aid is like some form of tax evasion!
    Just goes to show how his mind works

  8. Joanne White says:

    As an arts education charity aimed at enhancing the lives of all children and young people based in Somerset who had 100% of our core funding cut. We are concerned that now even philanthropy is being threatened and the future of all who rely on charitable organisations to provide valuable and vital services to the public will suffer.

  9. Tony Doggart says:

    This cap will hurt the most vulnerable in society by cutting them off from the charitable lifeline given to them by major donors. Over half of all charitable donations are estimated to come from less than 10% of donors. These funds are at risk, particularly from donors who wish to share a windfall by giving to charity. The knock on effect on all major charities and those they seek to help is incalculable. It is also a body blow to David Cameron’s vision of the Big Society.

  10. We need the financial support to survive as an organisation. Give it back George

  11. Daniel Roberts says:

    George, give it back!

  12. ed says:

    I can only assume he did this to prevent rich individual setting up”artificial” trusts/foundations/charities in order to avoid tax. However as the above posts point out this will hit genuine charities hard. They obviously haven’t thought this through and should look at other ways to stop these artificial structures.

  13. This is shocking. I had thought we would move in the opposite direction, and so we should.

  14. [...] I’ll be interested to see whether this takes off. On the face of it, this seems like a great idea and clearly charities in this country could do with some good fundraising ideas right now. Many are facing a double whammy of declining donation income and increasing demand for their services. At the same time “high pressure” fundraising techniques, like ‘chugging’ where fundraisers approaching prospective donors on the street or on their doorsteps, are facing increasing opposition. (Not to mention the negative impact on charitable giving of the Chancellor’s new tax relief cap.) [...]

  15. Sophie Hussey says:

    Just watched Cameron questioned about this in Indonesia – they’re conflating two issues and branding donors as tax dodgers.

  16. Will says:

    There shouldn’t be a cap the tax relief should be removed altogether. The money comes from general taxation and is effectivly giving ‘philanthropists’ direct choice on where our tax money goes, to put it another way letting a few rich people choose where my hard earned and then contibuted money goes. Any argument that it is ‘their tax money’ is flawed from the start, the point of a government budget is we ALL contribute what is determined our fair share and then elected politicians spend that money. YES charities get extra money from this system but it is a morally flawed method.

    • Simon George-Kelso says:

      If I negotiate with my employer to reduce my salary on condition that an equivalent donation is made to the charity of my choice, am I guilty of tax evasion?

      If so, how does letting a few rich people like Osborne and Cameron choose where my hard earned and then contributed money goes constitute an improvement?

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  19. Chris Caine says:

    Give it back George!

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