Number of payroll givers up by 6.5 per cent

The number of donors who signed up to payroll giving schemes in the past year increased by 6.5 per cent on the previous year.

The Institute of Fundraising said that the number of payroll givers had increased by 40,000 in 2006/07, raising the total number of givers to nearly 645,000. The number of employers taking part in the scheme increased by 40 per cent year on year.

The institute says the results have been influenced by the SME grants programme, on which it will report shortly. However, half of the firms that joined the £8.3m programme, which offered grants to employers that recruited payroll givers, failed to get more than one donor, according to one agency that took part in the project (Third Sector, 5 September).

The institute also attributes the increase in donors to its quality mark scheme, which awards companies bronze, silver and gold accreditation when employee participation levels reach 1 per cent, 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.

The latest figures show that the number of employers achieving gold awards doubled in the past year. The institute said it expected the number of bronze and silver awards to decrease as the number of gold awards increase each year.

“In October, the first national payroll giving awards event will celebrate the best of the best,” said Tina Steele, payroll giving project manager at the institute, “Almost 200 employers will attend, all of which have received a quality mark award in 2007”.

Donations to charities through payroll giving have reached almost £90m across 2006/07 and topped by an additional £10m through match-giving by employers.

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