Comic Relief is now enjoying admin-free Gift Aid claims thanks to Swiftaid’s new automatic claim submission solution.
Gift Aid is a UK government tax benefit that boosts charitable donations by 25%.
Comic Relief has partnered with Swiftaid, created by Streeva, a fintech company automating tax processes by making transactions smarter, to benefit from their automated Gift Aid claim submission service. The solution will alleviate the administrative burden surrounding the volume of transactions Comic Relief has, for an organisation of its size and complexity, bringing together Swiftaid’s expertise and technology to ensure they can make accurate and timely Gift Aid claims.
Instead of sorting through all the Gift Aid declarations from their Online and SMS donation channels, Comic Relief is now simply feeding them into Swiftaid. The innovative system then validates the declaration information, compiles the claims and submits them directly to HMRC, removing the administration completely from the charity. Swiftaid also takes care of the record-keeping and supports the audit process for the charity. This allows Comic Relief to focus on delivering its life-changing work in the UK and around the world, while their Gift Aid increases with little to no effort or admin burden.
Automating Gift Aid claim submissions is only the first phase of the partnership between Comic Relief and Swiftaid. Comic Relief will also work with Swiftaid to explore removing the heavily manual Gift Aid process from the charity completely and benefiting from millions of UK taxpayers already registered with Swiftaid, with thousands of new donors joining every day.
For charities wanting help maximising Gift Aid, head to swiftaid.co.uk/charity to find out more.
“Gift Aid is hugely important for our charity and our partnership with Swiftaid will help make the entire claim process simple and easy. We always promote Gift Aid to our fantastic supporters who want to make their donations go further. It’s reassuring that with Swiftaid’s support this will have even more of an impact as we look forward to this year’s Red Nose Day.”
Samir Patel - CEO of Comic Relief
“It feels amazing to be supporting Comic Relief and to help solve their challenges around claiming Gift Aid. It has been a real pleasure working with the team, and we are looking forward to exploring other areas that will help maximise their Gift Aid. It’s exciting to know that together we are creating solutions that will impact the entire charity industry in such a positive way and help more money reach those who need it most.”
David Michael - CEO of Swiftaid
About Comic Relief
Comic Relief raises money to support people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world. Through humour and stories of hope, we have shown that people can make a massive difference.
Comic Relief believes that those who are closest to the issues have the best solutions, and so works with organisations and people with direct experience of these challenges. We fund hundreds of amazing organisations who support the most vulnerable people and communities in society, many of whom have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This includes vulnerable children and young people, people who are homeless or who have been forced to flee their homes, women and families at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with mental health problems. Comic Relief is continuing to support funded organisations in their response to the coronavirus crisis to ensure their vital work continues.
For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, which is the operating name of Charity Projects, is registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).
Swiftaid was created with the help of public funding from Innovate UK, and the support of the University of Surrey and HMRC to increase the amount of Gift Aid received by charities whilst reducing the amount of Gift Aid claimed in error. Swiftaid is certified by the highest international data security standards. Swiftaid is the technical lead on the work involved in the Future of Gift Aid project, working with HMRC, charities, charity industry groups and technology providers. This project looks to ensure Gift Aid continues to provide the best possible benefit to charities and individuals across the UK by combining innovation and collaboration.