Want to know more about Workplace Giving? Here's a low-down of the most commonly asked questions
Can I choose to give to any charity through Workplace Giving?
Yes, you can give to any charity you wish. Here are some suggestions of charities - but who you choose is up to you - that's the beauty of the scheme.
I want to give through the scheme. What do I do next?
It's easy. Simply follow the instructions on Start giving.
Can I give to more than one charity?
Sure - why stop at one? You can give to as many causes as you want and there will be one deduction from your pay. If you're looking for inspiration, some of the charities that have asked for your help are listed here: Giving.
Is there a minimum or maximum amount I have to give?
No, there’s no upper or lower limit, however, we recommend that you give at least £5 per month.
The cost to you works out at £4 if you are a standard rate tax payer, or £3 if you are a 40% tax payer or £2.75 if you are a 45% tax payer.
Find out how much your donation to charity will cost you through Workplace Giving by going to our calculator;.
How is Workplace Giving different to a Direct Debit (Gift Aid)?
Workplace Giving is taken straight from your gross (pre-tax) pay so there is no need for the charity you choose to claim the tax back through Gift Aid – saving them admin costs.
If you are a 40% or 45% taxpayer, Workplace Giving is the only way a charity can automatically receive all your tax on a donation.
How can I be sure my donation will reach my chosen charity?
The deduction is always shown on your payslip. Your employer has signed a contract with a Payroll Giving Agent (they handle the admin side of the scheme and are regulated by HM Revenue & Customs) so you're in safe hands.
A copy of the form you fill in is sent to your company's Payroll Giving Agent. When your employer sends them your first donation they'll know who made it and which charity to send it to.
Each charity is sent a copy of the form and most will write to thank you for your donation. They'll also update you regularly on their work, if that's okay with you.
If I decide to take part in Workplace Giving and fill out a form today, how long will it be before the first deduction is taken from my pay?
Usually it will start on the next payroll day, but if you are signing up towards the end of the month deductions are likely to start the next but one payroll day.
Can I stop giving when I want?
Yes, by notifying your payroll department.
What happens to my Workplace Giving deduction if I leave my job?
Workplace Giving automatically stops when you leave your job. It's easy to start giving through the scheme again - simply contact us and we can help you.
If your new employer doesn't offer the scheme we can help them put it into place. Contact us.
Is there an administration fee?
Yes. The Payroll Giving Agents are charities that need to make a small charge to cover their operating costs. Some employers pay this fee on your behalf - that way your charity receives the full donation.
If your employer doesn't pay the fee, the Payroll Giving Agent will deduct it from your donation before passing it on to the charity. This will be between a 2% and 4% charge. Charities tell us that this compares favourably on the admin costs to claim Gift Aid on a Direct Debit donation.
I pay tax at the higher rate of 40% or 45%, how does this affect tax relief on payroll donations?
You will receive tax relief at the highest rate of tax you pay – so each pound you give will be worth £1.66 (40% tax) or £1.82 (45% tax).
How is Workplace Giving UK funded?
Workplace Giving UK is a professional fundraising organisation. We provide fundraising services to charities throughout the United Kingdom. Our Appeal is to attract regular, ongoing committed givers to charity and we work with charities on a rolling yearly basis.
Representation is free allowing funds to be raised without risk and at low cost. Only if support is generated from our work are we paid a fee by the charities we represent.
The average life of a Workplace Giver is 8 years. Last year, our work resulted in the recruitment of new Workplace Giving donors pledging over £4.1 million pounds to charities in year one alone, and a projected income of £34.4 million. Our remuneration for generating this income was £948,320. This year we estimate that our annual remuneration will also be in the region of £1,112,835. The cost of this was proportionately shared (in accordance with donations made) by the 149 charities we are contracted to.
I have more questions - how do I contact you?
Contact the team on 020 8381 2479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org