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Payroll Giving Scheme

Give as you earn

Our Payroll Giving Scheme enables you to donate to your favourite charity on a regular or one-off basis by automatic deductions from your monthly pay. 

A monthly gift of £10 from your take-home pay to your chosen charity will be automatically boosted to £12.50 for a 20% rate tax payer and £16.66 for a 40% rate tax payer.  This means your charity receives your donation, but also the amount that you’d normally pay in tax at no extra cost to you.  Giving this way helps your charity receive regular financial support and helps smaller charities in particular, as many do not have the resource to claim back Gift Aid.  

Learn more about payroll giving (video) or donate now via the Payroll Giving link

You have helped make a million

At the beginning of May 2019, the total figure donated by you to charities via our Payroll Giving Scheme exceeded £1million. This figure represents donations since 2005, over half of which has been donated since the scheme was relaunched in 2014. The top five charities being supported by university staff are Oxfam, Shelter, Save the Children, CRUK and NSPCC but there are many small local and international charities benefitting from your kindness and generosity. 

Karen Heaton, Director of Human Resources said that, “This is a worthwhile and successful initiative as shown by the generous giving of our staff to deserved causes. A fantastic achievement!“

The success of scheme has featured in publicity by the Charities Aid Foundation.

Be inspired to donate

You can donate to any charity you like. Here are some suggestions of charities for inspiration. This list highlights some of the most popular charities being supported by staff via the Payroll Giving Scheme or have been supported in the past in via staff survey or other efforts. Or why not support your local animal rescue, community project or health charity that has affected you or a loved one. 

It's easy to sign up. You just sign up via our Payroll Giving link with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). You just need:

  • Your NI & Staff ID number 
  • The name of your charity and address if available.  There is a drop-down list of charities that recognises the 500 most donated to charities through CAF, however this is not the finite list of registered charities employees can donate to. You can also free-type in the box, so for any other charities it is fine to just write the name as they will be set up on CAF's system, just not in the top 500. CAF's team will then receive this request and identify the charity. If they have any questions about the address etc. they can contact you directly to check.

Making changes to your existing donations

If you wish to add or amend your existing instructions follow the Charities Aid Foundation link and click “Add or replace my existing donation.”  If you wish to cancel all your donations please email and provide details.

Individual Charity Accounts

With a CAF Charity Account you can set aside a little when you have it, so you can make a difference when you want to. It’s simple and stress-free – and because we add Gift Aid, you have even more to give from your charitable account.

The CAF Charity Account is a great way to organise your giving – you can support all your favourite causes from one account by setting up regular standing orders or making ad hoc donations using CAF's charity search.  

Discover more about CAF's Charity Accounts.

Payroll Giving Quality Mark Award

Due to the generosity of staff the University received the Payroll Giving Quality Mark Bronze Award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  

Every employer that offers a Payroll Giving scheme to their employees is eligible to receive a Quality Mark. Employers that achieve set participation rates are eligible to apply for a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Quality Mark.  The bronze level is awarded to businesses with over 1% of their colleague base donating through the scheme. The University currently has over 2.5% of staff donating via Payroll Giving.

Sign up via post

If you don't have access to a PC at work you can sign up at home or you can print this application form and post back or email to: 

CAF Give As You Earn, Charities Aid Foundation, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, West Malling, Kent ME19 4TA.  By email: scan in the paper forms and email them to:

If you are wanting to set up a Charity Account, follow the same payroll giving link.

Tax relief

With our Payroll Giving Scheme you can donate straight from your salary. This happens before tax is deducted from your income.

You can pay less Income Tax by deducting the value of your donation from your total taxable income. Do this for the tax year in which you made the gift to charity. 

More information is available from HMRC.

Guide to savvy charitable giving

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has a guide to savvy charitable giving to help you decide how to make contributions to charity in a way that best suits you.

Give as you earn