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Duncan Bannatyne
Chairman of Bannatyne Fitness
and star of Dragon's Den

Duncan says…

It’s been over 3 years since I was asked to help launch the Geared for Giving Campaign

Workplace Giving, like all good ideas is simple. I wanted to encourage other business leaders by taking up the challenge and getting my company Geared for Giving.

In the current economic climate it is more important than ever to ensure that all donations made to good causes are done in the most tax efficient way possible.

I would urge every employer, large or small, to ensure that they are part of the Campaign; that they have a scheme in place, promote the scheme and help to spread the word to their customers and suppliers.

When we launched the Campaign our target was to open the scheme up to a million more employees. We achieved this, but there is much more to do.

To deliver life changing services we need regular donations, which is why Workplace Giving is so important to us… read more

Leslie Morphy
Chief Executive
CRISIS

Leslie says…

Homelessness is about more than having somewhere to sleep; a home provides roots, identity, security, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional well-being.

Our services are designed to help people by providing opportunities to regain confidence, build basic skills and to progress into further education and employment. Crisis offers sustainable routes out of homelessness towards a more secure future.

Crisis is in many ways a traditional charity: we rely largely on voluntary donations and receive little support from the public sector; without the generosity of our supporters none of our work would be possible.

Workplace Giving provides an invaluable source of income and a fantastic opportunity for people to make these donations simply and tax effectively. I would urge more employers to support the Geared for Giving campaign.

The experience of introducing Workplace Giving can only be described as rewarding and uplifting… read more

Paul Bridge
Chief Executive
Homes for Haringey

Paul says…

Our vision for Homes for Haringey is of a valued and exceptional company, maximising its positive impact on people’s lives.

Our employees saw our launch of Workplace Giving as a positive experience and by promoting the scheme to as many of our employees as we could, they all felt involved and that their charitable giving was supported by us as an organisation. Since the launch we have had positive feedback from many of those who became involved.

The launch brought people together, sparked discussions about charities and charitable giving. It focused attention on what we as an organisation do, how we are perceived by the general public and how difficult it is for some charities to attract funding and donations.

I would encourage more employers to become Geared for Giving and I think they will be proud of the way it is embraced by their workforce.

It’s part of our company ethos now and so we would encourage any company to get Geared for Giving.… read more

Nick Robertson
Managing Director
ASOS

Nick says…

ASOS are a cutting edge, young, vibrant and trendy company, a place where people enjoy working and we think that donating to charity, any charity, directly from pay is a contemporary way to give something back, which fits perfectly with who we are.

We have generous colleagues at ASOS and wanted to provide a scheme that gave them the flexibility to choose where they give, in the most straightforward way possible.

The scheme had to grow rapidly with our expanding workforce and we are delighted that now over 20% of our team are taking part. We hope that the scheme will become deeply embedded in our company’s culture and that on a wider scale, giving from pay, will become a trend.

I think it's a sign of a good employer if they have a scheme like this so staff can give to charity… read more

Lennox Kaminski
Delivery Team
Delice de France

Lennox says…

This has got to be the best way to give to charity because what you give is tax free. The charity you choose gets more money automatically on top of what you give. I don’t think there can be another situation where the tax man gives away something for nothing like that.

What I like about it is there’s no hassle. You don’t get stopped in the street and you don’t have to fill in a direct debit form.

Your employer does the paper work. I think it’s a sign of a good employer if they have a scheme like this so staff can give to charity.

Being happy at work isn’t just about money and mates. If you feel good at work then you feel good about everything. I don’t think it matters how much you give. You can give a lot or a little – either way your money goes further because it’s tax free.

I think my travels have opened my eyes to the way some of the world treats the rest of the world… read more

Vicki Graham
Customer Service Officer
AECOM

Vicki says…

I give £5 each month to Amnesty International because they touch on issues I feel strongly about, like personal freedoms and human rights. I think my travels have informed my view and opened my eyes to the way some of the world treats the rest of the world.

A lot of people I know give to children’s causes or animal welfare, for example, which is great. I reckon half my friends must be running marathons or climbing mountains for medical research.

I wanted my gift to go somewhere with a different compass. I think everyone has to find his or her own connections.

A colleague came round at work to see if anyone was interested in charitable giving. I knew I wanted to find another cause to support and I knew my money would go further donated direct from my salary because the income tax otherwise payable on my £5 gift goes to Amnesty instead of the tax man.

...if there were a simple way to show your commitment to making a difference, to changing the world for the better?

What if you could act alongside colleagues who share your values about the importance of community, environment and quality of life for all?

There is a way to influence social and consumer change, to help companies play their full part in building the kind of world you can believe in. Companies like yours. Like the one you belong to.

It's called Geared for Giving.

Are you Geared for Giving?

Are you an employer or an employee?

Employer or employee, Geared for Giving is a mark of what you stand for.

Being Geared for Giving means taking an informed decision about Workplace Giving. It's all about giving to good causes at work, direct from your salary. Any charity, any cause. Your chosen charity receives your donation tax free. So what you give could go up to 40% further. It means some 390,000 charities in the UK could be a whole lot better off.

Are you among the 70% of people in the UK who give to charity? Did you know over £900m is lost by UK charities each year - vital funds that wouldn't be lost if donations were made via Workplace Giving? It's quite simply the best way to give.

Employee or employer, shouldn't you be Geared for Giving? Read more

Being Geared for Giving is a mark of what your organisation stands for.

Is yours the kind of company that cares deeply about its public reputation? Does your business plan take account of growing numbers of employees, consumers and other stakeholders who believe it's vital for companies to act ethically?

More and more enlightened employers recognise and acknowledge the benefits of being Geared for Giving. Are you one of them? Read more

Are you among the 70% of people in the UK who give to charity? More and more of us are choosing to play our part alongside others in shaping positive change.

More and more of us are also choosing, as employees and consumers, to give our loyalty to organisations and brands with a positive story to tell.

More and more of us are choosing to be Geared for Giving.

Being Geared for Giving means taking an informed decision about Workplace Giving. It's all about giving to good causes at work, direct from your salary. Any charity, any cause. Read more

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society

Nick Hurd MP

Minister for Civil Society

“I'm thrilled that 1 million more people have access to the scheme, but why stop there? 9 million employees still don't use Workplace Giving, so I'd like to encourage even more people to sign up - let's transform giving in the work place.”

Martin Lewis, MoneySavingExpert.com

Martin Lewis

MoneySavingExpert.com

“While charity tins are all very well, sadly it's not tax efficient – you could give more at lower cost. With charity funds being hit across the country due to the recession, we all need to get behind every venture that encourages people to give, give easily and give efficiently. A few quid a month off the payroll is an easy way to automate giving and ensure that the charity gets the maximum tax gain too”

Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, The Dallaglio Foundation

Lawrence Dallaglio OBE

The Dallaglio Foundation

“The Dallaglio Foundation gives opportunity, ability and support to young people from all backgrounds. Through the platform and inherent values of sport, our programmes leave them more employable, socially responsible and making positive decisions to lead better lives. Workplace Giving plays a vital role in funding our work. We encourage all who believe in what we do to sign up and help us lift and give back to a generation full of promises.”

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws

From supporting the Campaign over the past couple of years my biggest learning is that awareness of the scheme is still so low, but employers who make it easy for their staff to engage can see huge improvements in their uptakes and ultimately monies raised for the charitable sector

Alex Polizzi

Alex Polizzi

I think that if something is worth doing it is always worth doing well, which is why I would advocate every company putting in place and promoting a Workplace Giving scheme as it is the most tax effective way to give to charity. Also, it can help to motivate staff and makes them feel part of a worthwhile organisation.

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