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The UK and US governments support charitable giving and offer a series of tax benefits to encourage philanthropy

Gift Aid 
All personal donations to the Barbican Centre Trust Ltd are eligible for Gift Aid.  This means that the Trust is able to reclaim the tax on your support at no extra cost to you.

This is very important to us as it means we can increase the value of your gift to the Barbican by 25%.  For example, with Gift Aid a £10 donation to the Barbican Fund could be worth £12.50, or a £1,200 gift to Barbican Patrons could be worth to £1,500. 

You just need to be a UK tax payer and pay UK income or capital gains tax to the value we (and any other eligible charities you support) will claim on your donation – 25% of the total value.

Any UK tax payer can agree to Gift Aid, but the scheme can be especially beneficial to higher rate tax payers.  If you pay UK income tax at the higher or additional rates, you may be entitled to claim additional tax relief on your donations.  This equates to 25p in personal tax relief on every £1 donated, effectively reducing the actual cost of your donations.

You can make a single declaration to cover all past, present and future donations.  However, if your circumstances change and you cease to pay tax, or you change your name or private home address, please let the Barbican know.

Gift of Shares
If you own shares which show a capital gain and/or pay UK income tax at the higher or additional rates, you may find it effective to make a gift of shares to the Barbican Centre.  As the Barbican Centre is a registered charity, the market value of your gift can be offset against your taxable income and no capital gains tax are payable. 

Your investment manager or broker will be able to advise you of the mechanics of making such a transfer.  It is also essential you record evidence of your gift for the Tax Office.

Payroll Giving or Match Giving
If your employer or pension provider runs a matched giving or payroll giving scheme through PAYE, you can make tax efficient gifts as pre-tax deductions from your salary or pension.

Donations are made after national insurance contributions are calculated, but before income tax is calculated and deducted.  This means you do not pay tax on this donated income – immediate tax relief. 

You do not have to disclose the recipient charity to your company (as they simply act as a conduit to government approved giving agencies).  Your HR team or pension manager will be able to advise if your employer/provider runs an eligible programme and provide the necessary forms.

Charitable Trust or CAF Voucher
If you donate to a number of charities, you may choose to set up a Corporate or personal Trust, or an account with CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) or other philanthropic Trust.  The Barbican Centre Trust, as a registered Charity, can accept philanthropic gifts made through such organisations.

Donations from the USA

The Barbican Centre Trust has established the American Friends of the Barbican Fund with NPT-UK, a disregarded entity of a 501(c) (3) in the US.

Donations made to the American Friends of the Barbican Fund through NPT-UK are eligible for tax relief in the US and, if you are also a UK tax payer, in the UK through the Gift Aid scheme.

NPT-UK manages all administration including gift acceptance, gift compliance, accounting and record-keeping on behalf of you, the donor, and us, the Charity.
The minimum contribution to NPT-UK is $3,200 (approx. 2,000 GBP), and is subject to an administrative fee, charged by NPT-UK for handling your donation and forwarding it to the Barbican.  Please download the form on the right for more information about making your gift.

We welcome all donors to the American Friends of the Barbican Fund to become Barbican Patrons (unless otherwise discussed) and enjoy a closer relationship with the Barbican. 

Administrative fees:  
5% of first $40,000: 1% of donations of $40,000 - $160,000; 0% of donations of $160,000 plus.  Fees capped at $3,200 (£2,000).

CAF America

For donations of less than $3,200 (but greater than $500), you can make your gift via CAFAmerica, which is registered in the US as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organisation.  CAFAmerica will charge an administrative fee of 8% for handling your donation and forwarding it to the Barbican. 

Please note: Donations of less than $500 will be returned to the donor less applicable administrative fees.

Please download the form on the right for more information about CAF America and administrative fees.