The Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) is delighted to report a 44% rise in Platinum Quality Mark applications this year compared to 2013.
Launched just three years ago, the much sought-after Platinum Quality Mark Award recognises employers that continually strive to increase donations to UK charities through Payroll Giving.
To be eligible for Platinum these employers must have held the Gold Quality Mark Award for at least one year prior to applying and have over 20% of their workforce giving from pay.
Panikos Efthimiou, Chair of the APGO comments: “This is great news for the charity sector, with more employers than ever committed to making Payroll Giving a success. With the deadline extended for the Bronze, Silver and Gold 2014 Quality Mark to the end of May we would encourage all employers to apply now for their Quality Mark as it’s a great way to publically show your employees commitment to their wider community.
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising said: “It is really great to see that employers large and small are embedding Payroll Giving in the culture of their organisations”
Kevin McLoughlin, Payroll & Systems Manager at Virgin Trains comments; “Virgin Trains is delighted to have been awarded the Platinum PGQM. Many people choose to support a charity through a personal experience and we are therefore pleased that an increase in contributions by our people has led to this award, but most importantly a number of charities are receiving the financial support they need to make a difference to others.
Sean Kelly, Finance Manager and Edwards & Co Solicitors says; “The award of the Quality Mark is an excellent incentive to a firm that values charitable giving and reflects a recognition of the most beneficial way to support our charities.”