Institute of Fundraising wants standard payroll giving charge for charities

Talks with Association of Payroll Giving Agencies

The Institute of Fundraising has said that agencies administering payroll giving schemes will be made to charge charities a standard administration fee and process payments within a given time.

The institute is in discussions with members of the Association of Payroll Giving Agencies to finalise details of a cross-sector standard. It is part of an action plan published yesterday by the institute to tackle inconsistencies across schemes administered by different agencies.

An Institute of Fundraising review carried out early last year threw up issues such as the risk of losing donors if they changed jobs.

Under the new scheme, the institute calls for charities to have greater access to payroll donors' personal details so they can continue marketing to them.

Other measures in the plan include developing an interim solution to support the transfer of payroll donors as they move between employers, and gaining commitment from all third sector organisations and professional fundraising organisations to help raise the profile of payroll giving. If payroll giving agencies have not adopted the new measures within two years, there will be a further review.

In a separate piece of research, the institute is working with Business in the Community and the Association of Payroll Giving Agencies to measure how much corporate donations are fallling. It also hopes to find out whether companies are gradually handing over the responsibility of donating to charity to their staff.

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