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Giving to Dollar Academy

Dollar quite simply wouldn’t be the school it is today without the generosity of our donors. We have a strong vision for the future, which places Dollar at the forefront of educational development, charitable outreach, and sustainable architecture.

Gifts of every size make a genuine difference; from our bursary funds which help talented children who may not otherwise have been able to attend, to the construction of new facilities that allows us to continue delivering the highest standards of education possible, there are so many ways your donation can make an impact and we need your help to ensure this vital work continues.


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You can make a one-off donation or set up a regular donation; you can donate online, or even leave Dollar Academy a gift in your will through our Legacy Society, membership of which is confidential if you wish.

Every donation, no matter the size, makes a big difference. As a valued donor you will receive regular communications from the school as well as invitations to events as appropriate and most importantly, as agreed with you.

Furthermore, as a registered charity, the Gift Aid scheme allows you to offset the tax on any size of donation you make. Just complete the form and submit it along with your donation. You can find more information on tax efficient giving at the bottom of this page.

To find out more about the ways you can support Dollar Academy please click on the tabs below or get in touch.

Tax efficient giving

As Dollar Academy is a registered charity, UK residents can make tax-efficient charitable donations via a number of schemes. As well as this, your employer may operate a scheme whereby it will match gifts you make to charities. You can usually find out about these schemes from your organisation’s human resources department.

  • Gift Aid

    Gift Aid is a great way for you to boost your donations to Dollar Academy, enabling your generous donation to achieve even more.

    All gifts from UK taxpayers are eligible for Gift Aid, enabling us to reclaim an additional 25p for every £1 that you give.

    Once you have made a Gift Aid declaration to us, you do not need to do anything further unless your circumstances change. We then claim the Gift Aid relief directly from HMRC, topping up your original donation. Gift Aid declarations can also be made to cover donations made in the previous 4 years if you haven’t done so before.

    In addition, if you are a higher rate tax payer you can reclaim the balance between standard and higher rates of tax. Examples of how this could affect your giving are in the table below.

    To complete a Gift Aid declaration, you can download a form here. Please then forward your form by email to fundraising or by post to Fundraising, Dollar Academy, Dollar, FK14 7DU.


    Your gift to DollarTotal value of your gift to DollarActual cost of your gift for 40/45% taxpayers
    £100£125£75 / £68.75
    £500£625£375 / £343.75
    £1,000£1,250£750 / £687.50
    £5,000£6,250£3,750 / £3,437.50


    Gift Aid is a UK government scheme that enables the Academy to claim tax relief on donations from UK taxpayers. We would encourage all eligible donors to take up this scheme to maximise their donation. For every £1 a UK taxpayer donates, 25p in reclaimed tax is added. This means that a £100 gift with Gift Aid is worth £125 to the school.

    Donations from companies are not eligible for Gift Aid. However, the company can treat the gift as an allowable expense, making a saving on corporation tax.

  • Payroll Giving

    UK taxpayers who are paid under PAYE (Pay As You Earn) can maximise regular donations to the Academy through payroll giving. Gifts made through this scheme are taken directly from the gross pay, giving the benefactor immediate tax relief at the highest rate of tax for which they qualify.

    If you are a UK taxpayer and are interested in this method of giving, please request an application form from your employer, detailing your wishes to donate to the Governors of Dollar Academy Trust. The employer will then deduct a gift directly from your salary before tax is applied.

    You could take advantage of payroll giving schemes at your workplace. Eligible donations are made after National Insurance but before Income Tax, reducing the cost to you of your donation.

  • Giving stocks and shares

    Share giving is the most generous tax relief available to donors, combining relief on income and capital gains tax. In the UK, share gifts qualify for tax relief equal to the market value of the shares on the day the gift is made, including associated costs such as broker fees. The tax relief can be claimed for the year in which the gift is made.

    For example, a gift to Dollar Academy of £1,000 worth of shares, made by an individual who is a higher rate taxpayer, would reduce their income tax by up to £500 for the year. Additionally, the benefactor would not have to pay any Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on any increase in the value of the shares since they were bought. If the shares have gone down in value, however, it is not possible to use this loss to offset any other CGT liabilities.

    Donors wishing to give shares to the school can complete and mail us the UK share giving form.

  • Legacies and reducing Inheritance Tax

    Gifts to charity are exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) in the UK, and the government provides a further incentive when you leave 10 per cent or more of your net estate to charity.

    By leaving 10% or more of your estate to charity you can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax you pay from 40% to 36%. More information can be found in our Legacy Giving section.

  • Capital Gains Tax

    You do not have to pay Capital Gains Tax on land, property or shares you give to charity. However, you may have to pay if you sell them to a charity for more than they cost you, but less than their market value.

    In all cases, we recommend speaking to an independent financial advisor who can guide you depending on your individual circumstances.

    We can also accept tax-efficient giving from USA via the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF).

  • Fundraising Guarantee

    Our supporters are at the heart of the work undertaken by the school’s Development Office.

    Fundraising is the life blood of charities. We could not fulfil our charitable mission without the support of generous and committed donors. We value your support and understand the need to balance our duties to our young people with our responsibilities to donors.

    We are committed to good fundraising practice. We operate in an open and honest manner, so you can feel comfortable when communicating with, or donating to, Dollar Academy, and are able to trust that we protect your data and use your generous gifts wisely.

    Our fundraising guarantee to you:

    • We will comply with the law as it applies to charities and fundraising and we commit that we will guarantee to adhere to best practice as outlined in the Fundraising Code of Practice. We will monitor fundraisers, volunteers and third parties working with us to raise funds, ensuring that they also comply with this Code of Practice.
    • We guarantee to operate in line with the values of the Code; to be Legal, Open, Honest and Respectful in all our fundraising. To promote and underpin these values, we commit to the following standards:
    • We will be clear about who we are and what we do
    • We will give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and change or stop a regular donation
    • If you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision
    • We will respect your rights and privacy
    • We will hold your data securely
    • We will communicate with you in accordance with your selected preferences.



Tax efficient giving from the USA