A record number of organisations have been recognised for offering their staff the chance to give regularly through the payroll, it was announced today.
More than 2,200 firms and organisations have been awarded a Payroll Giving Quality Mark – up more than 10% on last year, according to new figures from the largest Payroll Giving agencies.
Overall, 2,201 were awarded a Quality Mark – handed to firms where a percentage of staff give through their pay. That was up on 1,911 awards handed out last year.
And 72 organisations achieved the top new Diamond status – with at least 30% of staff signed up to Payroll Giving – according to the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations. A further 95 achieved a Platinum award with more than 20% of staff giving through their payroll, while 497 achieved Gold, with at least one in 10 staff donating via Payroll Giving.
Overall, more than half a million people in 4,900 organisations give through their payroll, with around £131million donated to charity during the course of the year.
The figures are based on statistics from the three largest Payroll Giving agencies, Charities Aid Foundation, Charities Trust and Charitable Giving.
Nicola Thivessen, Head of Compliance at Chestertons, one of the first companies to be awarded a Diamond Quality Mark, said:
“Although we were already entirely invested in Payroll Giving, the launch of the new Diamond Mark definitely helped give us an extra bit of motivation. We are very proud and happy to share what we’ve achieved and to be considered as setting examples to aspire to.”
Louisa Minter-Kemp, Corporate Responsibility Executive at Schroders, another of this year’s Diamond Quality Mark recipients, said:
“We are proud to have been awarded a Diamond Award for our high levels of employee engagement in our Payroll Giving scheme. At Schroders we offer our employees a number of generous matching schemes and our Payroll Giving continues to grow year on year. We have always supported the causes which matter the most to our employees and Payroll Giving is a brilliant, flexible and tax-efficient way to do this.”
Panikos Efthimiou, chair of the APGO said:
“It’s fabulous to see that thousands of people use Payroll Giving to make easy regular donations to their favourite charities straight from their pay.
“We’ve been delighted to see so many new companies coming forward and getting Quality Marks, and striving to get more people giving regularly every year. We introduced a Diamond mark to recognise those companies who consistently go the extra mile for good-causes through Payroll Giving and it’s fantastic to see so many are getting a big part of their workforce giving in this way.”