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Purple Pennies

Purple Pennies

What is Purple Pennies

Purple Pennies is a micro-donation scheme where you can donate the pennies from your salary towards charitable causes. With the scheme, your salary will be rounded down to the nearest pound, meaning you will never donate more than 99p a month.

How you can make a collective impact

The University of Manchester is one of the largest employers in Manchester, this means there is an opportunity to make a big collective difference. If 5,000 staff sign up for Purple Pennies and donate an average of 50p each per month, that will result in £2,500 a month being distributed to the three causes. If 10,000 staff sign up this will be worth £5,000 a month. If all 12,000 University staff take part, then Purple Pennies will be worth £72,000 to the chosen causes each year – that’s an incredible £24,000 per cause. 

Together we can make a big difference to good causes when they need it most!

The three charitable causes that will receive your Purple Pennies

The three charitable causes that equally share the Purple Pennies pot are:

Wood Street Mission: Wood Street Mission is a children’s charity helping children and families living on a low income in Manchester and Salford. We provide practical help to help meet children’s day-to-day needs and improve their life chances. 

Re-write Cancer: Your support will help complete a brand new cancer centre in Manchester, so our scientists can move in as soon as possible. And, once it’s open, you’ll support the amazing research that takes place there. 

Supporting Manchester students: By supporting Manchester students, you’ll help increase the financial support available to them. You'll fund scholarships and access programmes, helping talented people join us here. And you’ll make sure more students can access hardship support when they need it most. 

How to sign up

Go to the Purple Pennies sign up page.

To sign up all you will need to provide is your full name, your staff ID number (on the front of your staff ID card).

After you sign up to Purple Pennies donations are automatically made each month from your pay - you can cancel any time via MyView Donations are always less than £1 and Gift Aid can be claimed on donations adding an additional 25% support to these charities at no cost to you.

Any sign ups between the 1st and 31st of a month will be actioned in your salary in the following month.

Updates on donations

There will be regular updates on Purple Pennies to share how your pennies are helping to make a big change.

Your questions

How to cancel

If you wish to cancel your Purple Pennies for any reasons please go to MyView and use the opt out form to cancel. Any cancellations between the 1st – 31st of a month will be actioned in the next month. Once you cancel you will receive an email from to confirm this.

Other ways to give

There are other ways to give your time or money for great causes. Visit our giving back page.

Who supports our scheme

Purple Pennies is administered by Pennies from Heaven a social enterprise turning small change into big change. They are the UK’s largest micro giving scheme for employees and pensioners. The scheme has raised over £6 million for 265+ charities. Major employers offering the scheme include Aldi UK, Barclays, HSBC UK, Cadbury Schweppes, Fedex, Harrods, Lloyds Pharmacy, LV=, The Royal Bank of Scotland, WHSmith, many UK Councils and the largest UK employer the NHS.

Future votes

To ensure a wide range of charities can benefit from Purple Pennies, employees will be asked to vote for another three charities for 2025. More details nearer the time!


For more information on Purple Pennies please email