Payroll Giving Mark and Excellence Awards to continue for two more years

The Institute of Fundraising will receive £92,000 from the Cabinet Office to cover this year's scheme, with the funding for the following year yet to be agreed

Institute of Fundraising
Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising has been awarded at least £92,000 to continue providing a scheme that recognises employers who make payroll giving available to staff.

The Cabinet Office will fund the Payroll Giving Quality Mark and Excellence Awards for two more years, the IoF announced yesterday.

A spokesman for the institute said the £92,000 would cover this year’s scheme, but the amount of funding for the second year was yet to be agreed.

The quality mark is awarded free of charge to companies that provide the tax-free giving scheme, which allows UK taxpayers to make regular donations from their earnings. Employers receive a certificate and logo for use on letterheads, websites and other communications.

If take-up of the scheme reaches certain thresholds, the employer becomes eligible for bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels of the award.

The funding will also cover the annual National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards ceremonies, which recognise successful schemes.

The Cabinet Office had been considering whether to continue funding the quality mark.

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said in a statement: "I am delighted that we are continuing to support these important awards. Payroll giving contributed £118m to charity in 2011/12, and this will help that amount continue to grow."

The government is considering responses to its consultation on the future of payroll giving, which included a proposal to allow private companies to operate payroll-giving schemes, a role currently restricted to registered charities.  

In response to the consultation, which closed on 19 April, the IoF called for the quality mark awards to be retained.

Ceri Edwards, director of policy and communications at the IoF, said: "Workplaces across the country have embraced payroll giving, providing charities with a regular income stream to rely on. And while donors get immediate tax relief, employers get a quality mark award for demonstrating commitment to the causes that their employees care about.

"We are keen to improve the connection between charities and business and look forward to seeing payroll-giving agencies supporting more companies to achieve platinum quality marks, recognising the very highest standards in payroll giving."

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