Tax Deductions and Benefits of Donations

Jun 26, 2023

Making a donation to a non-profit organization, like Graines d’Espoir, isn’t just a generous act that changes lives; it can also bring you significant tax advantages. This article will walk you through the fiscal benefits that come with charitable donations and show how you can maximize these benefits.

Understanding Tax Deductions for Donations

Across the globe, numerous countries have enacted laws to encourage charitable giving by their citizens. They offer tax deductions or incentives for donations made to non-profits or general-interest organizations. Our non-profit Graines d’Espoir is one such beneficiary of these laws.

The tax deductions available vary significantly from country to country. Therefore, we encourage you to reach out to us if you need more information about the potential tax benefits in your own country. Our team is ready and willing to assist you in understanding how your generosity can be facilitated and rewarded within the framework of your country’s tax laws.

How Does Tax Deduction Work?

For individuals

The exact amount of tax deduction can vary widely depending on the country. Here are examples from four countries:

  • In France, the tax reduction is equal to 66% of the total amount donated, up to a limit of 20% of taxable income.
  • In Spain, individuals are eligible for a tax deduction of 80% on the total donation up to €150. Any amount donated beyond this attracts a tax deduction of 35%.
  • In Germany, individuals can claim tax deductions up to 20% of their total income when this is given as special expenses, which includes charitable donations.
  • In the UK, under the Gift Aid scheme, charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated, at no additional cost to the donor. Effectively, if you donate £100, the charity can claim an additional £25, making your total donation £125.

For instance, if you donate €100 to Graines d’Espoir from France, your tax reduction will amount to €66. Therefore, in real terms, your donation of €100 would only cost you €34 after taking into account the tax deduction.

For corporations

Corporations and businesses also stand to benefit from tax deductions for their contributions to Graines d’Espoir. Here are examples from the same three countries:

  • In France, companies can deduct 60% of their donation from their tax return, up to a limit of 0.5% of turnover for the year. Beyond that, the excess amount can be carried forward to the next five years.
  • In Spain, corporations can deduct 35% of their donation from their corporate income tax.
  • In Germany, corporations can deduct donations up to 20% of their annual income.
  • In the UK, businesses can deduct the total value of the donation from their total business profits before they pay tax.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like more information on the specific conditions in your own country.

How to Claim Your Tax Deduction?

For individuals

To benefit from this reduction, you need to indicate the total amount of your donations on your annual income tax return and attach the tax receipt that Graines d’Espoir will have provided. This receipt will include your identity, the donation amount, the date of payment, and the identity of the non-profit.

For corporations

When filling out your corporation tax return, you should report the total amount of your donations in the appropriate section. Do not forget to attach the receipt provided by Graines d’Espoir. The receipt will include the name of your company, the donation amount, the date of the donation, and the identity of the non-profit.

Specific Benefits of Donating to Graines d’Espoir

Making a donation to Graines d’Espoir does not just result in a positive financial impact for you through tax deductions; it’s primarily a heartfelt act that directly affects the lives of disadvantaged children in Togo. Your contribution goes toward financing essential medical care, providing tailored education for children with disabilities, and supporting families in precarious situations. Every euro truly counts and helps to materialize essential projects to improve these children’s living conditions.


Charitable giving is an exceptional way to contribute to a cause close to your heart while also benefitting personally through tax deductions. The contribution made by every individual and corporation helps to fulfill our mission and enables us to continue providing the crucial support needed by these disadvantaged children in Togo. We greatly appreciate your willingness to stand with us in making a difference and helping these children live better lives. If you’re ready to make a donation, click here. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

How you can help

It is thanks to our wonderful donors that we are able to support our children through medical and social care essential to their development. Donations are in fact the only source of income for Graines d’Espoir.

Would you like to help our children? You can make a one-time donation or choose to sponsor them.

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