How You Can Help
Leave A Gift in Your Will
“The people of Ethiopia are dynamic and engaging enough to create change for themselves, if given the chance. Your legacy could be that chance.” Sir Alec Reed, Founder of Ethiopiaid
If we are to build on the amazing legacy we have already created together, we have to prepare and plan for the future. We have to put in place the structures that are necessary to deliver permanent change to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.
Gifts in wills are absolutely central to this strategy. They provide us with the security we need to plan ahead confidently. These gifts ensure that we can make maximum use of the funds to help the most people possible in the most meaningful and sustainable ways we can.
Poverty and the country’s desperately inadequate healthcare system, along with limited access to schooling and education, present major obstacles in Ethiopia's pursuit of lasting and positive change. Yet, you can help to change the future for Ethiopia, with a simple gift in your will.
To request a free copy of our Legacy Guide that explains everything you need to know about leaving a gift in your will, please email email@example.com or call 01225 476 385.
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.
Join us in Ethiopia!
Are you looking to challenge yourself, raise money for charity and to see the work you support through Ethiopiaid?
We have a trip for you which covers all of this and more!
Each November Ethiopiaid runs a donor trip to Addis Ababa, offering you the once in a lifetime chance to visit and volunteer at the charities you help us to fund - giving you the opportunity to see the difference you make first-hand. During your visit you will also take part in the Great Ethiopian Run. This 10km run through the streets of Addis Ababa is like no other. You can walk, run or jog (and of course sing and dance!) with 40,000 other participants, so despite the altitude and heat, it really is an achievable challenge for everyone, and an experience that you’ll never forget!
The 2017 trip will depart form Heathrow at 9pm on 22nd November and return at 7am on 28th and requires you to commit to fundraising £2,500 (inclusive of flights (£600) and an upfront deposit of £250).
If you would like to find out more information, please phone Francesca Rutherford on 01225 476385 or email.
Spaces are limited and allocated upon payment of the £250 registration fee.
This really is a once in a lifetime experience –So join us to make 2017 the year you went on an adventure!
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
Craft Activity - Support Fistula
Dasach was just 18 years old when she arrived at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in agony, dressed in stinking, filthy rags. She was in constant pain, barely able to walk with urine trickling down her legs. Her labour had lasted for days and the baby had died. Her husband, family and friends had abandoned her.
Before her operation, the surgeon sat by Dasach’s bed and held a dress against her frail body. She said, “We are going to give you a new body and a new dress. You will go back to your village feeling clean, cured and happy.”
Dasach stayed at the hospital for three weeks. She made herself a simple dress from a pattern just like the one below. On the day she went home, in her new dress, she smiled like sunshine and glowed with hope and health. Use the dress pattern to make a mini version of the dress Dasach made (like the one on the right) for our #GalleryofHope.