Whitehall departments will stake their reputations on a National Payroll Giving Excellence Award

As nominations open for the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards, Ceri Edwards looks forward to changes that will make them very different this year

Ceri Edwards
Ceri Edwards
Employers committed to encouraging their staff to donate to charity have an opportunity to showcase their achievements and share best practice with others as nominations open this week for the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards. 

Representatives from household names – in recent years, these have included the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Network Rail and BT – will appear at a ceremony at the Treasury on 3 December 2013, hosted by Nick Hurd and Sajid Javid, the ministers with joint responsibility for promoting payroll giving.

And while both ministers will be standing shoulder to shoulder at December’s ceremony to congratulate this year’s winners, they might be in more combative mood in 2014.

As part of the government’s eagerly awaited response to its consultation on payroll giving, it reaffirmed its own commitment to promoting payroll giving across government departments.

So ministers and civil servants will be looking at how employers entering this year’s National Awards have gone about promoting their schemes to staff, so that they can learn from the best to be well-placed to enter next year’s new award of Best Department or Agency at the Awards in 2014.

This year’s ceremony will also see the new award for Most Accomplished Sustained Scheme, for large and SME organisations. And the achievements of Platinum Quality Mark awarded employers will be showcased throughout the ceremony and used to inspire others, including government departments, throughout the year.

The deadline for nominations for the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2013 is 18 October. Details on how to apply, including eligibility criteria, are available online at www.payrollgivingcentre.com.

Ceri Edwards is director of policy and communications at the Institute of Fundraising

This article appears on a page edited by the Institute of Fundraising and hosted by ThirdSector.co.uk

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