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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Evidence library

A COVID-19 Philanthropy Stimulus Package: Unlocking further giving in the UK to support civil society at a time of crisis

Coronavirus / COVID-19

In this paper CAF outline a number of immediate and medium term measures they believe could be taken to support charities at this difficult time. This is in addition to the sector calls for a charity specific fund.

The CAF proposals focus on recommendations for: Government support for giving Repurposing public and private charitable assets Adapting philanthropic funding approaches and behaviour Leveraging endowed assets The response from business The regulatory response

Specific proposals include:

  • Temporarily remove the need for people to make a Gift Aid declaration in order for the charities to receive the 25% additional benefit on every donation. It is estimated that £600m in Gift Aid is currently unclaimed each year.
  • Introduce “living legacies”which allow people to bring forward the kinds of gifts they might make in their will – this could give valuable additional support to charities right now by allowing them to plan ahead and potentially borrow money against future assets.
  • Unlock the assets of the £500m National Fund – a charity set up in the 1920s to repay the national debt whose assets have been locked away for nearly 100 years.
  • Ease efforts to release millions in unused cash from dormant charities. Create a coronavirus big philanthropy pledge to encourage donations from wealthy individuals and businesses.
Last modified on 18 May 2020