Quality Mark Awards
What is Payroll Giving?
Payroll Giving is one of the most tax-effective methods of giving to charity.
- Payroll Giving enables employees to donate to charities as a pre-tax deduction from their salary;
- 8,000 UK employers currently offer Payroll Giving schemes and 1 million employees give regularly to good causes each pay day;
- Payroll Giving raised £155 million for good causes last year – an increase of £31 million on the previous year;
- Employers enhanced their employees' giving by an additional £7.5 million last year
- Payroll Giving is a regular and stable income to charities which is extremely valuable
The annual Payroll Giving Quality Mark and Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate employer best practice.
2014 Quality Mark
The Payroll Giving Quality Mark celebrates the achievements of employers that have adopted and successfully promoted Payroll Giving schemes in their workplaces, and have enabled their employees to give to the charities that matter most to them.
The Quality Mark provides a benchmark of achievement, celebrates good practice and recognises employers who operate exceptional schemes.
Every employer that offers a Payroll Giving scheme to their employees is eligible to receive a Quality Mark. Employers that achieve certain benchmarks are eligible to apply for a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Quality Mark.
Bronze is awarded to employers that achieve 1% employee participation in Payroll Giving.
1,408 organisations achieved a Bronze classification last year.
Silver Award is awarded to employers that achieve 5% employee participation in Payroll Giving.
913 organisations achieved the Silver Award in 2013.
The Gold Quality Mark is awarded to employers that achieve 10% employee participation in Payroll Giving plus employer support. Employer support means that the employer must either pay the Payroll Giving Agency administration charge, match donations or demonstrate that they have carried out an active promotion of Payroll Giving during the previous year.
1,056 organisations achieved Gold in 2013.
Platinum Quality Mark Award
Launched in 2012, the Platinum Quality Mark Award recognises employers that continually strive to increase donations to UK charities through Payroll Giving.
Employers that are recognised through the Platinum Award will have committed themselves to promoting Payroll Giving in the workplace and increasing charitable donations.
61 organisations achieved the Platinum Quality Mark Award in 2013.
Click here for the full Platinum Criteria
How to apply for a Quality Mark
Your Payroll Giving Agency (PGA) will monitor the employee participation rates you have achieved by the end of March this year and will allocate an Award in line with the above criteria. If you are eligible for an Award, it will be issued to you by your PGA. Alternatively, if you think you qualify for an award, you can approach your PGA directly.
Find your PGA’s details here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/businesses/giving/payroll_agencies.htm
The deadline for applications for a Platinum Award is Tuesday 22 April 2014. For all other Awards, the deadline for applications is Tuesday 29 April 2014.
Quality Mark Certificates will be distributed between 26 May and 6 June 2014.
2014 National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards
The National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards are designed to showcase the best Payroll Giving schemes in the UK.
Any employer who has achieved a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Quality Mark Award in 2014 is eligible to submit an entry for the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2014.
All applications are marked against specific criteria by a panel of impartial judges.
The 2014 National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards will be launched at the end of May 2014.