Britain’s Payroll Giving agencies and professional fundraising organisations have pledged to continue recognising excellence in employee giving, despite uncertainty over future Government funding.
Members of the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) which represents bodies working with companies to allow people to give regularly to charities through their pay packets, said they would continue recognising companies committed to growing this convenient and effective form of supporting charities.
The Cabinet Office has supported the Payroll Giving Quality Mark scheme, and the annual National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards for 9 years but there is uncertainty over future Government funding for the scheme.
The scheme includes awarding certificates to recognise companies’ success and commitment in signing employees to long-term charitable giving, and the annual awards ceremony.
Panikos Efthimiou, Chair of the APGO said: “We are concerned that funding for the successful Payroll Giving Quality Mark and the Excellence Awards is in doubt. But we are committed to doing all we can to continue recognising companies for their great work in encouraging their employees to give regularly.
“Payroll Giving is an extremely effective way of encouraging people to make a regular commitment to supporting charities, and needs the full commitment of Government, Payroll Giving agencies and charities to make it grow.
“Providing recognition of companies’ work has proved very effective in encouraging businesses to back regular giving by employees. We are determined to ensure that we keep on recognising and praising those businesses which show such a great commitment to the work of charities in this country.”