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Payroll giving

Make your hours at work matter even more, by giving a regular gift to us through payroll giving.

It's simple to set up and tax effective. You'll be helping to fund ground-breaking blood cancer research and support for people affected by blood cancer.

You’ll help children like Hugo. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was just two years old. While other children were running around, playing and enjoying their childhood, Hugo’s gruelling treatment had taken its toll, weakening his muscles to the point that he couldn’t walk. Despite this, Hugo is one of the lucky ones. When our charity was founded in 1960, only 1 in 10 children survived this disease – but thanks to research, today 8 in 10 will survive. 

We’ve made incredible progress, but sadly not every patient’s treatment is successful, and you can help to find kinder, less aggressive treatments for more patients like Hugo.

How it works

By making a regular gift to Blood Cancer UK through payroll giving, you’ll know that every month you’re making a difference to the lives of people affected by blood cancer.

Payroll giving is simple and easy to set up. Plus, because all the donations you make are deducted before you pay tax, it’s a really effective way to give: it means that your donation will actually be worth more than the amount you see deducted from your pay cheque!

For example, if you were to give £12 every payday, only £9.60 would come out of your salary – the taxman pays the other £2.40. Or if you’re on a higher rate of tax (40%) then only £7.20 is taken from your pay cheque and the taxman would pay the rest.

So what are you waiting for?

Payroll giving is a great way to support your employees and change the world for people affected by blood cancer at the same time.

Payroll giving has lots of benefits for employers:

  • It’s quick, simple and cost-effective – you don’t have to pay to set up payroll giving.
  • It boosts staff morale and engagement, by helping your staff support causes they care about.
  • It can help with your corporate social responsibility strategy.
  • It boosts your reputation and public image, with the Payroll Giving Quality Mark and other awards for employers who promote payroll giving to their staff. 
  • By matching some of your employees’ contributions you show that you care about the causes they care about, and you can offset any donations against corporation tax.

There are just a few simple steps you’ll need to follow before you can start promoting your scheme to your employees.

First off, you’ll need to register with a Payroll Giving Agency. They are in charge of administering your payroll giving scheme and will dish out your employees’ donations to the charities they’ve chosen to support.

There are several agencies you can choose from:

To give via payroll giving, each staff member who wants to donate will need to fill in a form with details about which charity they want to give to and how much they want to give every month – you can get these from your Payroll Giving Agency. You’ll need a record of this to give to your Payroll Giving Agency – if anything changes, like a staff member leaving or wanting to give more or less money every month, you’ll need to let your agency know.

Every payday, you’ll make the deduction from your employees’ pay – after National Insurance but before tax has been deducted – and pass this along to your Payroll Giving Agency, either by cheque or BACS. Along with this, you’ll need to include the names of your employees who are making a gift and their total contribution.

The Payroll Giving Agency will administer everything and make sure the chosen charities get their donations.

The only time you’ll need to do anything else will be if someone’s situation changes – for example if they leave the organisation, change their name or want to change the amount they’re giving every month. Then, just let your Payroll Giving Agency know and they’ll handle the rest.

Payroll Giving Agencies are charities themselves, so some of them charge a small fee for their services – usually around 4%. This is normally taken from your employees’ donations, but companies can choose to pay this fee themselves as a way of showing their staff they care, and so staff know that every penny they donate goes directly to the charities’ work.

Make sure employees know about your Payroll Giving Scheme. Use the communications channels you already have in place – such as email, posters, staff inductions, talks or seminars and face-to-face bulletins – to tell your staff about the scheme and the benefits.

Some companies agree to match their employees donations – either pound for pound, or a percentage of the total pledged – to a charity.  This is a great benefit for your employees and demonstrates your belief in giving charitably.