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Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you.
A Gift Aid declaration allows the English-Speaking Union to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to the English-Speaking Union we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like the English-Speaking Union to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that the English-Speaking Union will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When the English-Speaking Union receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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For 100 years, the English-Speaking Union has been promoting better communication between people of all cultures and countries. Today our focus is on equipping young people with the oracy skills and confidence to discuss their ideas and share them with others. Charitable donations are vital in helping us to fund this work, whether that be through membership, individual giving or corporate sponsorship.


  •  introduce a primary school student to the empowering skill of oracy through our two or three-term programme – Discover Debating
  • support a state school or individual student to participate in one of our prestigious competitions; Schools’ Mace, UK Public Speaking Competition or Performing Shakespeare
  • contribute to a bursary for a young person to attend our highly effective, week-long Debate Academy
  • go towards the development of classroom resources, which help teachers create a sustainable culture of oracy in schools

Our children have lots to say but often they don’t have the tools with which to say it. Discover Debating gives them those tools.

Jan Knight
, Teacher, St Mary’s School


Debating changed my life

Oracy skills

Debate Academy opened my mind to different opinions

Oracy skills

My science scholarship gave me a new life in America

Cultural understanding