What is Payroll Giving Month?

Payroll Giving Month happens once a year when charities, Payroll Giving Agencies, Professional Funding Organisations and companies come together to raise awareness of Payroll Giving.

What is Payroll Giving?

Payroll Giving (sometimes known as Give as You Earn) is an easy and tax-efficient way of making regular donations to your favourite charities straight from your gross pay.

When is Payroll Giving Month?

Payroll Giving Month takes place every February.

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How can I do this?

Payroll Giving is super easy to setup.  Ask your payroll department or Benefits / CSR Team directly for how to get started.  They will ask you to complete a form with the information about the donations you wish to make and giving your consent for the process to happen.

What does my company need to do?

Many companies will have an established scheme already, set up in partnership with a Payroll Giving Agency (see below). If not, setting one up is quick and easy and can form an important part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

What is a Payroll Giving Agency?

Payroll Giving Agencies facilitate the secure transition of funds from your gross wages to your nominated charity’s bank account.  Payroll Giving Agencies are themselves charities and they are authorised by HMRC to perform this function.

Your company needs to have a contract with a Payroll Giving Agency to allow donations to be deducted from your gross pay.

How much does it cost?

There are no set-up costs for employers.

Payroll Giving Agencies can charge a processing fee of up to 5% of the donation amount. However, some agencies don’t charge and some charge a transaction fee per employee. You may choose to cover this fee for your employees otherwise the Agency will deduct it from donations. You can find a list of all approved agencies on the Gov.UK website.

Why is Payroll Giving a good thing?

Payroll Giving is a great way to enable the charities you care about to receive regular funds.  It allows them to make plans and focus on their charitable objectives.

It is easy to setup and once it is done you can feel confident your money will be transmitted safely every month.

"Payroll Giving is such a valuable form of fundraising to RSPCA. It gives us regular monthly income which means that we can plan ahead. There is less administration, as no Gift Aid forms to complete. The donations we receive are vital  and could pay the running costs of one of our animal centres for a year."

Julia Brown, Payroll Giving Manager , RSPCA

Which Charities can I give to?

All UK registered charities and charitable organisations are eligible to receive donations via Payroll Giving. See our Supporting Charities page for charities that are backing Payroll Giving Month.

What does tax efficient mean?

By donating to charity from your gross pay it means there is no income tax liability on your donation and you will pay less tax.

Donations made from gross pay also mean the charities you donate to don’t need to claim Gift Aid related to your donation.

Payroll Giving is especially efficient for medium and higher rate taxpayers allowing for larger donations at a lower cost.

You will pay less tax!

The tax relief you get depends on the rate of tax you pay.

To donate £10.00 to charity it will only cost you:

£8.00 if you’re a basic rate taxpayer

£6.00 if you’re a higher rate taxpayer

£5.50 if you’re an additional rate taxpayer

(Scottish rates of tax are slightly different)

It means you can consider increasing your donation because you are paying less tax.


Donating to charities is a private matter. The Payroll Giving process allows you to keep the details of your donation private from your employer.

When making a donation to a charity you can choose whether you share your contact details with the charity and tell them whether they can keep in contact with you.

More Information

If you would like more information on Payroll Giving please take a look at these resources:


HMRC Payroll Giving Agencies

Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO)

Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF)

Why is this important for charities?

Payroll Giving is a very reliable source of income for many charities and it allows them to make solid plans for their future.

It also means funds are received quickly without the extra burden of having to claim Gift Aid from the government.

Who are we?

This initiative and this website was put together by charities, Payroll Giving Agencies and Professional Fundraising Organisations to promote Payroll Giving.

We are not a charity or a limited company and we do not represent or act on behalf of any organisation. We exist purely to promote  Payroll Giving.

This website was built and maintained by the team at PayCaptain.

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