Giving from the UK

The Kennedy Memorial Trust is a Registered Charity (No:  234715) so it is possible, if you pay UK income tax, to increase your donation and reduce your income tax liability at the same time.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer 25% can be added to the value of your gift at no extra cost to you.  To enable us to claim Gift Aid, please complete and return the Gift Aid Declaration on the Donation Form.  If you are a higher rate taxpayer you can reduce your income tax liability and raise the value of your donation at the same time.

In addition, it is possible for higher rate taxpayers to make a further donation of their tax rebate via their self-assessment forms.  Under these circumstances it is possible to demonstrate how a gift of £100 can be worth over £160 to the Trust.

Tax rate

Gift Aid£25.00£25.00
Total initial donation to KMT£125.00£125.00
Amount which can be reclaimed by donor£25.00£31.25
Amount if reclaim given to KMT (includes Gift Aid)£150.00£156.25


You can make a donation in one of the following ways:

  • Set up a regular Standing Order by completing a Donation Form and return it to Annie Thomas, Kennedy Memorial Trust, 3 Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JH
  • A cash gift of any value can be made by cheque, CAF voucher or bank transfer.  Please complete a Donation Form and return it to Annie Thomas (as above).  If you wish to make a bank transfer, please email Annie Thomas for the Trust’s bank details.
  • Share giving

Share giving

Donating shares is one of the most attractive methods of maximising the benefit to KMT and minimising income tax and capital gains liability to the donor.  Shares listed or dealt on a recognised stock market (UK or foreign), units in authorised unit trusts (and similar foreign collective investments) and shares in OEICs are eligible.  Not only are donated shares free of Capital Gains Tax (CGT), the market value can be set off against your income tax liability.  For higher rate taxpayers whose CGT annual exemption has already been utilised, it is particularly beneficial especially if the value of those shares is substantially greater than at acquisition.  The table below demonstrates the effect on a donor’s income tax liability.

 Value of sharesIncome tax reliefCost to youValue to KMT
Basic rate taxpayer (20%)£1,000£200£800£1,000
Higher rate taxpayer (45%)£1,000£450£550£1,000

Please note, however, our strong recommendation to consult your financial adviser as the benefits to you will depend upon the capital growth of the shares you intend to donate and you own tax situation.

Donation Form

Download a copy of the donation form here

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