Royal Mail is honouring 30 years of Payroll Giving with a special postmark. Royal Mail is honouring 30 years of Payroll Giving with a special postmark. The postmark – which says ‘Royal Mail proudly supports 30 years of Payroll Giving’ – will appear on millions of items of UK stamped mail nationwide. It will land on doorsteps between Monday 10 and Saturday 15 July 2017. Launched in 1987, Payroll Giving allows employees to give to charity straight from their wages or pension without paying tax on it. Over the last three decades, the scheme has raised over £2 billion for good causes. Last year payroll givers donated more than £130 million. Lily Heinemann, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Investment at Royal Mail, said: “We are really pleased to be marking the 30th anniversary of Payroll Giving with a postmark. Our employees are incredibly supportive of Payroll Giving, raising over £58 million over the last three decades. Last year alone saw more than 20 per cent of our employees give through the scheme contributing more than £2.4 million for good causes. We hope that the postmark continues to raise awareness and encourages other employers to offer this scheme to their own employees.” http://www.royalmailgroup.com/royal-mail-marks-30-years-payroll-giving-postmark
For Mallusk-based retail and wholesale company Henderson Group, which has a proud family heritage spanning 120 years, ‘local’ is in the DNA. And group HR director Sam Davidson says this focus on local drives success throughout the company and all associated with Henderson – from employees to suppliers and communities. Employees are actively encouraged to participate in the group’s Payroll Giving scheme whereby the Henderson Group match contributions made by employees. Sam added: “A new initiative doubling the contributions of any additional donations from new or existing members introduced in 2015 actually generated a further £325,000 for worthy causes last year, many of which are local charities. In the past 10 years, our employees have raised £2,350,000 for charity through Payroll Giving. The current participation rate sits at 35.5 per cent.” The initiative has been acknowledged as the Best Sustained Scheme and Overall Best Campaign in the UK National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards in 2015. Henderson Group supplies to 422 Spar, Eurospar and Vivo-branded stores throughout Northern Ireland, with 79 stores owned by the company.
“The combination of Payroll Giving in Action promotions and regular internal communications have taken us from 2.5% of employees giving to over 9% and at the same time quadrupling annual donations to charity to over £140K a year. It’s a wonderful achievement when you consider how the regular, dependable income generated through Payroll Giving allows charities, large and small, to budget and plan the delivery of their essential services.” James Deeley – Environmental and community affairs specialist http://www.nats.aero/
“Royal Mail has proudly supported Payroll Giving since its conception. We are proud that our scheme has allowed our employees past and present to support any registered charity or good cause of their choice. Our people have now given over £56m to hundreds of local and national causes helping people and communities in every corner of the UK and beyond. Royal Mail also hold the Guinness World Record for the most charities supported through a Payroll Giving scheme and will continue to encourage our people to sign up and give generously to those in need both now and in the future.” Gary Grange – Community Investment Manager
“We are really proud to say that Network Rail employees have donated over £6million through Payroll Giving since our scheme launched in 1997, and we would love to increase this figure to £7million in 2017. Such donations make a substantial positive impact on charitable work throughout Britain and we will continue to promote Payroll Giving wherever possible. It’s a fantastic contribution to charities and we strive to do more.” Kathleen O’Malley, Network Rail’s Social Performance Specialist
“Payroll Giving is a great way for people to regularly support causes they care about. It’s an easy and secure way to donate to charities and offers the most tax effective service so that an individual’s gift can be as valuable as possible. It’s also a great way to get employers and businesses involved in supporting charities and can engage and inspire whole workforces. It’s encouraging to see new programmes like the Payroll Giving Portal being developed and we hope that this new service will make it easier to set up schemes, as well as raise awareness of Payroll Giving and promote and celebrate those employers which are committed to Payroll Giving and supporting the charity sector.” Ceri Edwards – Director of Policy & Communications, Institute of Fundraising.