Payroll giving is a simple, tax-free charitable giving direct from your pay."

Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you're a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p.

Payroll Giving has increased from £37 million in 1999/2000, to over £109 million in 2007/2008 

There is room for further growth 

Only 2% of UK employees participate in Payroll Giving schemes. In the US, the employee participation rate is nearly 35%. 

Payroll Giving can make a tremendous difference to UK charities 

If participation increases to 10% of UK employees, then charities would receive an additional £300 million. 

And it's good for business 

Research shows that companies which offer Payroll Giving believe it improves the company image, enhances community involvement programmes, and supports employee volunteering. 

96% of companies feel that Payroll Giving is something a good employer should offer.... 

And nearly all said they would like to increase participation levels in their organisations.

For more information see the Payroll Giving website 

Written by Alison Clynes
Published on March 2, 2009