Editorial: Payroll giving is a limping nag that ought to be winning the Derby

Payroll giving got under way 21 years ago and has made steady progress ever since. By the mid-90s it was drawing in £20m for charities, and this year the sum - including 10 per cent match funding from employers - is expected to top £100m for the first time. Out of 24 million employees in the PAYE tax system, 10.5 million work in companies that have payroll giving schemes. Donations are relatively large, and donor retention is relatively good. Men, who tend to shy away from other forms of fundraising, get involved. Not bad going: indeed, the director of one payroll giving agency told the Institute of Fundraising's review of the system, published today, that the achievements so far amount to a miracle.

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