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Corporate Giving
What is Corporate Giving?

Corporate Giving is the practice of businesses or public sector organisations donating money, resources or time to charities and good causes.

It is generally part of an organisation's Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR programme and can also fall under umbrella terms such as Sustainability or Community Investment.

What are different types of Corporate Giving?

Corporate Giving can take many forms ranging from financial donations, grant giving, awards and employee match programmes.

It can also include marketing or sales promotions where a business’s customers support charities through their purchases.

What are the benefits of Corporate Giving?

Corporate Giving does not just benefit charities and society; it helps organisations to build their reputations, differentiate their brands, grow customer loyalty and advocacy, attract and retain talent and ultimately boost their bottom lines.

Research has continuously shown that when authentically delivered, Corporate Giving can have real business impact. For example,  a 2024 YouGov study showed that almost half of consumers are more likely to buy from a brand which gives to charity.

How much do Corporates give to charities and good causes?

Various studies have shown that many organisations donate over 1% of their profits to charities and good causes.

Across our client base, we see the most purposeful businesses delivering against this – Nationwide for example donates at least 1% of its pre-tax profits to charitable causes every year.

Payroll Giving
What is Payroll Giving?

Payroll Giving (sometimes called Workplace Giving or Give As You Earn) is a way for employees to give money to charities of their choice without paying tax on it. It must be paid through PAYE from an employee’s wages or pension.

Payroll Giving provides tax relief at source for individuals who give to charity by direct deduction from their pay.

What is a Payroll Giving Agency?

A Payroll Giving Agency is a charity approved and monitored by HMRC for the purpose of distributing your employees’ donations to their chosen charities under the Charitable Deductions (Approved Schemes) Regulations SI 1986/2211 (as amended).

Charities Trust is an HMRC approved Payroll Giving Agency.

Can all employees give through Payroll Giving?

Any employee whose employer deducts Income Tax under normal Pay As You Earn (PAYE) rules can give to charity direct from their salary.

Once an employee has signed up to their employer’s scheme the employer deducts the authorised amount from the employee’s pay before deducting tax under PAYE and sends the payment to Charities Trust.

National Insurance contributions are still calculated on the employee’s gross amount of pay before Payroll Giving donations are deducted. There is no limit on the amounts that an employee can give from their pay.

How do I set up Payroll Giving?

Setting up a Payroll Giving scheme is easy. Simply contact Charities Trust to register with us and we’ll give you everything you need to get up and running.

What are the costs to set up Payroll Giving?

Charities Trust is not-for-profit and consequently keeps costs to an absolute minimum.  There is no set up fee or monthly charge.


Admin fees are deducted in advance; 25p per donor, per month, regardless of the value of the donation. There is no charge to charities to receive money from Charities Trust.

How can I make Payroll Giving a success? 

Charities Trust provides a range of tools to help promote Payroll Giving to employees and encourage more people to join.

In addition, Match Giving where an organisation pledges to match the amount their employees give to charity (up to an agreed level) is proven to drive employee participation. Quality marks and recognition awards are also available for companies.

Match Giving
What is Match Giving?

Match Giving, Matched Giving or Match Funding is when an organisation matches the amount an employee donates or fundraises for their chosen charities up to a set level.

Match Giving is one of the best ways for companies to engage employees, boost donations and support great causes.

What are the benefits of Match Giving?

Match Giving is one of the easiest ways to engage employees and demonstrate a commitment to the charities and causes they care about.

When organisations offer Match Giving, more of their employees participate in Payroll Giving and other giving programmes. People are also shown to donate more when Match Giving is offered.

How do I set up Match Giving?

Setting up Match Giving is easy. Simply contact Charities Trust with your requirements and we’ll be happy to get you started.

As a not-for-profit, we are able to keep administration costs to an absolute minimum so that more of your Match Giving reaches the charity sector.

How much should employers spend on Match Giving?

Match Giving is a great incentive for employees to give. It doesn't have to be a lot of money in the match pool.

Most employers offer to match employee donations at a capped amount or for a set time period; helping to limit the budget required.

Days such as GivingTuesday (more information here www.givingtuesday.org) are great times to promote Match Giving.

Sponsor Me
Who can fundraise with Sponsor Me?

Any employee can use Sponsor Me to raise money for charity. There is also the option to create team events so that departments or local offices can come together to fundraise.

Companies can also use Sponsor Me - in fact we have a Corporate Sponsor Me option for companies to use, which can help them to get the results from their fundraising campaigns.

Companies interested in a Corporate Sponsor Me should contact us for more information.

Which charities can be supported through Sponsor Me?

Sponsor Me is open to all UK registered charities and not-for-profits. We have a database of thousands of verified UK charities and good causes that can receive donations as soon as an employee or team sets up a Sponsor Me page.

If we do not have a charity listed, there is the option to complete a 'Charity Request Form' and they will be added to our database once they have been validated.

How many charities can people fundraise for at once?

Employees and teams can raise money for up to six charities for each page set up. They can also decide how the money is split between the charities

Can Sponsor Me be used to raise money for an individual?

No. Sponsor Me cannot be used to raise money for an individual. All funds raised using Sponsor Me must be paid to a registered charity or not-for-profit.

Corporate Foundations
What is a Corporate Foundation?

A Corporate Foundation is one of the options available to a company considering how to donate to charity as part of its CSR initiatives.

Corporate Foundations are legally separate organisations from the company that sets them up with their own charitable purposes, governance and executive structures.

What are the benefits of Corporate Foundations?

Corporate Foundations provide businesses with a vehicle to demonstrate their long-term commitment to a particular cause or charitable area.

As separate entities, they help businesses to focus giving initiatives, increase efficiencies, clearly manage governance, and ultimately maximise social and business impact.

What are the rules around Corporate Foundations?

Corporate Foundations must be registered as a charity and set up only to further charitable purposes for the public benefit. 

There are two key principles of charity law for those considering setting up and running a Corporate Foundation:
(i) As a charity, it must have exclusively charitable purposes for the benefit of the public, and;
(ii) The Trustees must act in the best interests of the Corporate Foundation, rather than the company that set it up.

How do I set up a Corporate Foundation?

Charities Trust has experience in setting up and running - as a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) provider -  some of the UK’s largest Corporate Foundations.

We’ll be happy to listen to your goals and help guide you through the process.

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