The Captive Animals’ Protection Society
After celebrating 50 years of operation in the not for profit sector, campaigning against the use of
wildlife in the entertainment industry and all animals in circuses, the Captive Animals’ Protection Society
(CAPS) has recently become a registered charity. Garry Sheen, Development Manager at the Essex based
Charity, has been a member of the Institute for two years and claims to have “always found their
information and support invaluable”.
He attended a Tax-Effective Giving workshop in Dagenham in October 2006. He found that it “brilliantly
showcased Gift Aid and other forms of potential income” and he thrived at the opportunity to network
with others in the sector. Reading through the guide to tax-effective giving has demonstrated to him
how Gift Aid could be used when receiving their supporter’s subscriptions. The organisation immediately
contacted all of their subscribers to inform them and collect declarations. Although they have not yet
submitted their first claim to HMRC, Garry predicts that when they do, Gift Aid will be worth “several
thousand pounds a year” to the charity.
The charity’s next steps will be to implement a Payroll Giving campaign, which they have recently
registered for. They also plan to launch a Legacy appeal. CAPS have relied on legacy income for many
years and now plan to maximise this crucial source. Garry intends to also make the most of the
Institute’s helpline in this process.