The Giving Campaign held
an official reception last night and published a review of its work over
the past three years ahead of its forthcoming closure at the end of June.
Speaking at the event,
John Healey, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, praised the campaign
for its work in promoting charitable giving in the UK. "The Government
wants to see a stronger culture of giving in the UK and The Giving Campaign
has played a significant role in laying the foundations for this to develop,"
he said. "The Giving Campaign has done a great deal in its three-year
life by bringing charities, businesses and Government together to achieve
a common goal."
In its review, the
campaign highlighted some of its key successes in building media
interest, developing a brand for Gift Aid, Payroll Giving training courses
and its Giving Nation project for school children. Many of the projects
are set to continue under the lead of other groups. The
achievements, campaign chairman Lord Joel Joffe writes "amount to an impressive
body of work".
But, he admits, while
some of the campaign's targets have been exceed, others have not been
met, including the target for the percentage of donations using tax efficient
methods, which was narrowly missed.
The campaign also
announced last night that one further publication A Blueprint
for Giving will be published next month. It will pull together
research and experience from the last three years and map out the way
forward for charitable giving in the UK.
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