Information for employers

Payroll Giving is one of the easiest and most effective ways to raise money for charity. You can register your company through an HMRC approved Payroll Giving Agency (PGA) such as:

The agency will guide you through all the necessary steps to complete your registration and will answer any questions. Once done, your employees should complete a Payroll Giving Form, specifying their chosen charity and donation details.

The benefits of running a GAYE scheme:

  • It’s easy to set up
  • There is minimal admin with low running costs
  • It’s an simple way to meet your CSR objectives
  • It increases staff morale
  • It brings a simple and effective way of being part of a worthwhile cause.

There is also an opportunity to earn different levels of Payroll Giving Quality Mark depending what proportion of your employees sign up. Organisations who run excellent schemes can also enter the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards.

Matched giving

Payroll Giving schemes also give the employer the option to match donations and/or to pay the admin fee which is usually deducted from the donation.

Please note that not all Payroll Giving schemes charge the charity an admin fee so this should be considered when deciding which agency to sign up with.

If an agency does charge a few, a donation of 25p per employee donation covers admin costs. This means that 100% of the donation will go to the chosen charity. You can offset the matched admin cost against tax.

You could also consider matching or part-matching your employees’ donations to their chosen charity. Many employers match donations from between 10-100%. Some go further and double the total amount donated. Matched giving is a fantastic way of achieving your CSR objectives. It also demonstrates that you are maximising the benefits of the Payroll Giving Scheme.

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