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GIVING CAMPAIGN MARKS ITS END 20/05/04
 
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.

For further information, visit www.givingcampaign.org.uk

 
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