All a company needs to do is to contact a Payroll Giving Agency to set up the scheme. You will need to make the deductions each time you run payroll (after NI, but before tax). The donations will then be sent to the chosen agency who will arrange for its transfer to the chosen charity.
Costs are very minimal. Agencies may charge an administration fee however they usually deduct this from employees’ donations before passing them to the charity. The employer can choose to pay the fee meaning the charity will get more money. They can also match fund part or all of their Payroll Giving income. Employers can deduct any costs of running the scheme from business profits before tax.
Setting up Payroll Giving is quick and easy – it should take less than a month to complete the set-up process.
Promotion really is key. Advertisement of Payroll Giving in break areas, on staff intranets and at key times like onboarding all improve uptake of new recruits.
A great way to recruit donors is to use a Professional Fundraising Organisation. They attend and recruit donors with no cost to the company.
Matching donations is a great way to show your support to this form of giving and make employees donations go even further. Matching can be done in a way that suits you: you can do one-off matching or on-going.
Quality marks and recognition awards are available for companies.