Special Needs Active Parents is a voluntary organisation: founded by a group of parents that had one thing in common;- "Children with Special Needs". The committee and people who volunteer for the group are an exciting, dynamic and diverse group who share a willingness to contribute their time and talent to Special Needs Active Parents. The manner in which they contribute and the time that they have available differs from person to person. The people who are members of Special Needs Active Parents, know they are making a difference. You can too. Get involved by becoming a volunteer or a member.
Under the 2001 Finance Act, a Corporate tax relief scheme is in place for companies that make donations to eligible charities. A company donation greater than €250, with no upper limit, to Special Needs Active Parents can qualify for tax relief at the current rate of corporation tax. The company will claim a deduction for the donation as if it were a trading expense.
Nature of Relief:
The qualifying donation will be treated as a deductible trading expense or as an expense of management deductible in computing the total profits of the company. Tax relief will be granted at the company's marginal rate of tax.
Company X donates €5,000 to Special Needs Active Parents. Assuming a corporation tax rate of 32%, relief to the company is €1,600 i.e. €5,000 @32%. While the charity has the benefit of €5,000 the cost to the company of making the donation is only €3,400 (5,000 - 1,600). The normal obligations regarding the keeping of records apply. For more information please view:
www.revenue.ie/pdf/chy2.doc PDF CHY2 Doc
You can make a difference now by donating in any of the following ways:
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By setting up a Standing Order you will be helping us to run vital services and programmes that are desperately needed every day of the year for many years to come in the foreseeable future. Just as Special Needs is for life so must will be there for people, whenever and for as long as they need us. Regular donations are vital if we are to plan for the future.
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Send a cheque or postal order made payable to Special Needs Active Parents to: 2 Blakely Close, Avenue Road, Dundalk, Co Louth.
Phone us on 042 9333025 to make a donation.
Find out how you can make the tax man a friend of Special Needs Active Parents by reading our Tax Efficient Giving information.
Remember people living with Special Needs in your Will and give them the gift of hope - please contact us for more information about making a Will.
Leaving a Will/Legacy
Making a will is an important event in your life and you have to ensure you do it properly. When you make your will, you should consult your solicitor and talk through what you would like in your will. It is a good idea to list the questions you want answered as well as your instructions regarding your money and possessions. You should also decide on how you want your estate divided, as well as your choice of executors. Remember you can change your will at any time. There are many reasons why you may decide to do this (births, death, separation). The cost of making a will is around €60. Your legacy to SNAP will continue to live after many of us are long gone.
Tips and Advice on Fundraising
The task of raising a large sum of money may sound very daunting; however SNAP will always be on hand to offer guidance and assistance in any way that we can. The following points aim to give tips and advice on effective fundraising techniques which you may find useful. SNAP will assist in any way that we can, especially by helping you to promote your fundraising events through the local media. For further information, please contact email@example.com
SNAP will send you out any fundraising aids that you may require such as collections buckets and bibs, etc. A fundraising agent will be available to assist with large fundraising events.
Friends and family may be one way to raise money. Your place of work is another potential avenue to check out. Also, the local Pub, Club, Supermarket, Newsagent, Chemist. In fact, anyone you know. However for larger donations you could ask local businesses for sponsorship. SNAP will supply a 'Letter of Authorisation' and sponsorship cards to prove your fundraising is authentic. Placing sponsorship cards in your local shops and pubs may also prove beneficial.
Contact your local restaurant, pub or community centre to see if they will host a coffee morning free of charge. They might also donate the tea, coffee and cakes. Place posters or notices in your local shops and inform your family and friends. Then on the morning, charge a small entry fee and place collection buckets at the till points.
This will require a lot of advertising and you may like to contact our Fundraising Agent for advice or support on the evening. If you have a good relationship with your local pub, this will help you enormously, as the pub may not charge for room hire and will possibly supply the music / band for the evening. You could try to get the small prizes for the winner(s) donated from local shops. A key point to remember that the most successful fundraising events happen when people are having fun! To maximise your fundraising efforts, place collection buckets around the pub too. For added effect, this night could be combined with the Trad Trip and head shaving.
Head Shave/Leg Wax
Encourage friends that are game for a laugh to help out with this. Lots of people will pay to see their friend shave off their beard, hair or get their legs waxed. Ask the person involved to get sponsored too. Word of mouth is a powerful communications tool. If your friend volunteers to get their head shaved, remember that they will ask their friends and family for donations as well as your donations from your friends and family. The number of people that will be interested will soon increase as word of mouth spreads. Your local pub will be a good location for events like this, as landlords rarely pass up on the opportunity for a packed pub on a week night! Advertise in the usual way, posters / notices in you local area and don't forget your local media. SNAP will assist in any way that we can.
If you know any local musicians, this is a very successful and entertaining evening. The Trad trip involves musicians being escorted in a tractor through the town(s) and then the final stop will be in your local pub. Collections can be made in the various towns along the way.
Local supermarkets, church gates and shopping centres are prime locations for collections. S.N.A.P. will supply the collection buckets and bright bibs for added effect. Enlist the help of you family and friends.
A great way to get rid of that junk, whilst at the same time raising funds. This works particularly well if you hold them at local schools, church halls or community centres. They could even be combined with a fun day or cake sale.
Set a date in you local pub or GAA club and encourage your friends and family to buy a table - one team per table (four people) and try to get the prizes donated. Use your local media and local businesses / shops to advertise the event. To help you think of questions use the Internet, encyclopaedias, newspapers and magazines. Try to keep the questions entertaining and fun. Use music as well as questions and divide the questions into topics to keep the night interesting.
These can be organised through your local school, church or social meeting. Try to obtain donated gifts from local businesses and shops. Raffles work very well on fun days and jumble sales.
Five a side or 11 a side football matches are very effective and fun if you can find the people to play. Your local school or football club may donate the pitch time for free and advertise the charity football match for you. Each team player will have to pay a nominal fee and they can also obtain sponsorship. Try to get the trophies / prizes donated for the winning team. You could also incorporate a BBQ and a raffle for added affect. Ask your local butcher and supermarket to donate the food.
If you, or someone you know is trying to lose weight, an effective incentive is to get sponsored for the amount of weight lost, for instance, a euro for a kilo (or so) lost.
In conjunction with your local school or club you could organise a fun day with a raffle, cake sale, sponsored sporting events, jumble sale, etc.
Your local bowling alley should be able to accommodate you for a bowling night and might even give you concessions.
Bag Packing in the Local Supermarket
Contact your local supermarket to see if they will allow you to pack the customers bags. Bring along your friends and family and have a collection bucket at each Checkout Counter. Just see the money add up.
A Race Night is great entertainment. There are various companies who will arrange the Video Tapes of the Races and set up the Tote for your 'punters'. A Raffle on the night can also raise additional funds.
Check with your local Golf Club and see if the Members will play a 4-ball Charity Day, or run your own Golf Charity Classic.
New Tax Relief on Donations to S.N.A.P.
New tax relief on donations to SNAP means that we can now make your generosity go further. Donations of €250, and over, allow us to benefit from Tax Relief that increases the value of your donation, at no extra cost to you. The Tax Relief applies in any one tax year, so your donation may be made in instalments. The donor must complete a www.revenue.ie/pdf/chy2.doc Form telling SNAP what their RSI number is and what tax rate applies to them. Please call SNAP on 042 9333025 to receive your tax relief form for completion.
Alternatively, self-employed individuals and companies who donate to SNAP can also avail of tax relief on their donation. Please call SNAP on 042 9333025 to receive your tax relief form for completion. A receipt from SNAP may be used to support their tax claim.
List of Fundraising Activities
American Tea Party
Bag Packing - Supermarket
Barbeque with cover charge
Car Boot Sale
Clay Pigeon Shoot
Club Fundraising Drive
Collections - Shopping Centres/Street/Public House/Church Gate/Sports Events
Corporate Donations through business contacts/Company sponsorship
Country & Western Night
Golf Classic - through business contacts
Grand Draw - sell tickets
Guess how many
Guest Tea Night
Head Shave/Beard Shave/Leg Wax
House to house sponsors in their area
In house/Staff deduction scheme
Letters to companies for sponsorship
Non-Uniform Days in schools
On the spot - Cycle/Walk/Run
Pitch & Putt
House to house sponsors in their area
In house/Staff deduction scheme
Letters to companies for sponsorship
Non-Uniform Days in schools
On the spot - Cycle/Walk/Run
Pitch & Putt
Quilt Raffle - guess number of squares
Rock and Roll Night
Sponsorship cards - distribute to individuals - person who raises the most money wins a prize e.g. weekend away
Staff Pledge Schemes
Teddy Bear Picnic
Teddy Bear Raffles
Tennis Event (Corporate)
Tax Efficient Giving:
Anyone making a donation to Special Needs Active Parents (SNAP) who is a taxpayer and who donated €250 or more in a year will be able to either:
i) allow the charity to reclaim that tax
ii) if you are self employed or a corporate donor - you will be able to claim back the tax yourself.
From 6th April 2001 tax relief was made available on donation of €250 or more in any one-tax year to eligible charities from both individual and corporate donors. Tax relief is applied to these donations at the donor's marginal rate of tax.
A.) In the case of PAYE taxpayers, the tax relief is applied at the marginal rate and is paid directly by the Revenue Commissioners to the Eligible Charity or Approved Body on receipt of the relevant " appropriate certificate" (an official form that is supplied by the charity, completed by the donor and returned to the charity receiving the donation).
EXAMPLE PAYE Donor (Higher Rate)
Michael is a PAYE taxpayer who donated €254 to SNAP. His marginal rate of tax is 42%. As Michael has already paid tax, his donation is made from his net income. Michael completes the "appropriate certificate" supplied to him by SNAP giving details of his donation and PPS number and returns it to us. SNAP when uses the form to claim back the tax which Michael has already paid on the €254 from the Revenue. Therefore €254 is 58% of what Michael earned. €254 x 100/58 = €437 (Gross earnings). €437 - €254 = €183 (already paid in tax to the revenue) €183 is what SNAP can reclaim back from the revenue. The value of Michael's donation then increase to €437.00 ( €254 + €183)
B.) Individual taxpayers on self-assessment benefit directly from relief at the marginal rate by claiming the donation as a tax-deductible expense.
EXAMPLE: Mary is self-employed and makes her returns on a self assessment basis. Her marginal rate of tax is 42%. Mary donates €254 to SNAP. Mary receives a receipt from the charity and when she completes her tax return she deducts the donation of €254 from her taxable income thus reducing her tax bill by €106.
C.) Corporate donors simply claim a deduction for the donation as if it were a trading expense.
POINTS TO NOTE:
To qualify for the tax relief a donation must satisfy a number of conditions:
It must be in the form of money.
It must not be repayable.
It must not confer any benefit on the donor or any person connected with the donor.
It must not be conditional on, or associated with, any arrangement involving the acquisition of property by the charity or approved body.
An Eligible Charity is defined by the legislation as any charity within the State, which is authorised in writing by the Revenue Commissioners for the purpose of this scheme. In order to qualify for eligible charity state, the charitable organisation;
Must have a charitable tax exemption number or CHY number and
Must be in operation for at least three years since being granted the CHY number.
Must make a formal application to the Revenue on the form provided "Form of application to Revenue for Authorisation as an Eligible Charity for the purposes of Section 45, Finance Act, 2001 (donations to eligible charities)".
For further information or to download relevant forms please visit www.revenue.ie
Payroll giving is a simple efficient and flexible scheme, which allows employees to give a regular contribution to SNAP. Giving through payroll giving is very simple. You just complete the attached form instructing your employer to deduct a specified amount from your pay. Your employer pays over all the money they deduct from all employees involved to SNAP on a weekly / monthly / quarterly basis. By donating each week / month through our payroll giving scheme you will make a thoughtful and lasting investment in SNAP and shows your dedication towards improving our children's health. By making a regular donation to SNAP you can help us plan with confidence. A small sum for instance as little as €5.00 a month really does make a difference to the way that the charity can consistently support the vital work of the hospital. Giving directly from your payroll is one of most convenient ways that you can help our members. The knowledge that we have consistent income allows us to plan for the acquisition if equipment or the funding of research projects, as well as reducing administration costs.
People like you really can make a difference...
Planned giving is the term used for donating regular amounts of money to a nominated charity of your choice. Special Needs Active Parents particularly welcomes donations of this kind because they can lead to a predictable stream of income. This income can greatly assist us with financial planning. The minimum donation in any year that must be made to any one eligible charity or approved body is €250.
Payroll Giving, also known as Give As You Earn (GAYE), is a term used to describe the charitable donations deducted from an employee's salary. An employee authorises his/her employer to deduct regular charitable donations to Special Needs Active Parents from his/her pay.
Why is donating through Give As You Earn so beneficial?
GAYE creates a regular flow of funds for Special Needs Active Parents. The Association also benefits since the donation will be treated as having been received by the eligible charity or approved body 'net' of income tax.
Examples: (PAYE- Only Individual)
(a) Individual on the standard rate of tax i.e. 20% Individual donates €500 Value of donation to the eligible charity/approved body = €625 (i.e. €500 x 100/80) Tax associated with the donation (€625 - €500) = €125 Special Needs Active Parents will therefore be able to claim a repayment of €125 from Revenue at the end of the tax year. (b) Individual on the higher rate of tax i.e. 42% Individual donates €500 Value of donation to the eligible charity/approved body = €862 (i.e. €500x 100/58) Tax associated with the donation (€862 - €500) = €362 Special Needs Active Parents will therefore be able to claim a repayment of €362 from Revenue at the end of the tax year. (Note: Where sufficient tax has not been paid to cover the donation made, the refund of tax will be limited to the amount of tax actually paid by the donor). The individual PAYE - Only donor must complete an "Appropriate Certificate" a CHY 2 Cert and forward it to Special Needs Active Parents to allow us to claim the grossed up amount of tax associated with the donation. For more information please view: