In the workplace
Give as you earn
The payroll giving scheme, or "Give As You Earn", is a simple, tax-effective way to give to charity directly from your pay.
You decide how much you want to give, and your employer deducts the donation from your pay every month or week. Surveys show that around two-thirds of us give to charity each month, so if you can spare just £2 a month, it will make a big difference to our small charity.
How does it work?
Providing that your employer offers a Give As You Earn scheme, it couldn’t be simpler. You authorise your employer to deduct regular charitable donations from your pay. Your employer then pays those donations to a Payroll Giving Agency approved by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The agency then distributes the money to the charity of your choice. One such Payroll Giving Agency is Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
If your employer does not yet offer a scheme, you could always suggest that they start one - it is easy and inexpensive to run. They can find out more about how to get started in the HMRC Payroll Giving guidelines.
What are the benefits as an employee?
You decide on the amount to give and can stop anytime if your circumstances change. You also have confidence knowing that your donation goes directly to our charity with minimal administration costs.
The agreed deductions your employer makes from your pay are made before you pay tax, which means that you get tax relief included in your donation at your top rate of tax - and it’s simple to do!
What are the benefits as an employer?
By embracing payroll giving, a company demonstrates that it is community-minded and can enhance the organisation's image, plus show the caring side of the business to the community, employees and shareholders.
Why should you choose CAF Give As You Earn?
CAF has been a Payroll Giving Agency since the scheme was launched in 1987. Over that time, businesses and their employees using CAF GAYE have donated over £1.6 billion to over 40,000 charities. Here's why they are the largest payroll-giving agency in the UK:
- It's simple to run. Employees can easily adjust donation amount and chosen charities at any time.
- Reliable income. CAF Give As You Earn provides a long-term and regular income stream, helping charities to plan their expenditure.
- Trustworthy. We handle donations from over 2,000 employers and manage over £60m of employee donations to charities annually.
It doesn't cost you a penny unless you wish to further support your employees by paying the fees on their behalf.
Plus, any matching payments or costs associated with running the scheme can also be offset against profits, thereby reducing your corporation tax. Is your business considering payroll giving? Start your application today.
Whether large or small, your organisation can make a massive difference to APS Support UK either through direct donations, raising awareness, helping us print some of our materials, donating gifts in kind or making us your Charity of the Year.
Supporting a worthwhile cause in the workplace can help build teamwork, motivate, spread life-saving awareness, generate great PR and make a real difference.
Companies who do operate a Charity of the Year programme tend to involve their staff from the start of the process, and their employees are invited to nominate a charity they have some relationship with. So, if you or your family or friends have been affected by APS, please nominate us if you can.
Another way companies can help boost staff morale and provide us with essential funds is to offer Matched Giving. Many companies operate this powerful and popular scheme that matches their employees’ donations through payroll giving or fundraising activities, pound for pound.
To find out if your company operates a Matched Giving scheme, please get in touch with your Human Resources or Personnel Department.
Many larger corporations also encourage workplace giving and volunteering through the Benevity platform. Our charity is already registered, so please ask your company to sign up with us.
Trusts and Foundations
APS Support UK is proud to work with, and be supported by, a number of charitable trusts and foundations.
From large-scale funders to small family trusts, the support of these organisations drives our work forward and helps make a massive difference in the lives of anyone affected by APS.