“The Pennies from Heaven scheme is successful because it offers such a practical and easy way to give and signing up is made easy – it’s because it involves regularly donating small amounts rather than one large amount.” Natalie Lepper. MIB Group. Staff at the Motor Insurers Bureau have been donating their payslip pennies since June 2009 and have 44% of staff participating.
How do I get Pennies from Heaven running in my workplace?
We believe that a little bit of effort can make big change so it is great to hear that you are interested in having a scheme running at your workplace. We recommend that Pennies from Heaven runs in organisations of 1000+ employees but speak to us if you think it would suit a smaller organisation you are part of. Many smaller employers do run the scheme.
You can download a guide on this page which will provide you with some more details on the scheme. We would then recommend you contact your Community, Human Resource or In-house charity team – you can send them this guide.
Or contact us – drop us an email telling us about your employer and we can contact them directly.
Three common questions we are asked are:
Which charity can I give to?
Each employer chooses one or more charities to which all staff and pensioners donate to – this can be any registered charity you like.
It’s only pennies – is it worth it?
YES! Don’t be fooled – little pennies soon make pounds. Everyone gives a little but together the team makes a big difference. 2000 employees could raise up to £15,000 a year (with gift aid)
I can already give through pay via Payroll Giving, isn’t this the same?
No. Pennies from Heaven is distinct yet complementary to other forms of Payroll Giving and fundraising activities and indeed the majority of employers running Pennies from Heaven also offer Payroll Giving demonstrating this fact. Payroll Giving appeals to individuals, mostly higher paid management because they ask for a greater minimum monthly donation (£5-£10) but not everyone can, and wants to commit to this. With donations of just a few pence Pennies from Heaven appeals to everyone regardless of earnings – just because you earn less doesn’t mean you care less. As more of the workforce moves away from full time hours employers want to offer a range of ways to donate through pay to include all employees.