What is the Pennies from Heaven scheme?
Pennies from Heaven (PFH) is the UK’s largest micro giving scheme for employees and pensioners. The scheme has raised over 280,000,000 pennies for over 265 charities. Quite simply employees / pensioners sign up once and from then on every payslip is rounded down to the nearest pound with the pennies donated to charity. If net pay was £850.34 then 34p would be donated. Donation is between 0-99p every time you are paid.
What is the maximum an employee or pensioner could pledge under the Pennies from Heaven Scheme?
Theoretically the maximum is 99p, per month, totalling £11.88 during the year. The amount of pennies will clearly vary amongst all employees. On average 50p per month, the annual amount donated would become £6.00.
Who chooses which charity or charities receive the donations?
The employer in conjunction with the employees select whichever charity or panel of charities are wanted. Examples of choice vary from local to national, charity of the year, in house Foundation, Mayor’s Appeal. The Pennies from Heaven scheme is designed to be as flexible as possible and can even be ran at the local level.
How does it fit with Payroll Giving?
Perfectly and most employers running Pennies from Heaven also offer Payroll Giving demonstrating their distinct appeal. 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.
“We have over 50% of our employees donating the pennies from their salary every month through the Pennies from Heaven scheme. Those that want to donate more or be more specific about where their donation is going, sign up to Payroll Giving.” Debbie Lombard – Director of HR and OD, VocaLink.
Does the Pennies from Heaven scheme attract any tax benefit?
Donations made under the Pennies from Heaven Scheme can benefit from the Government Gift Aid Scheme. By simply confirming their agreement, as a taxpayer, participants will be able to increase the value of their gift by 25p for every £1.00 donated. The Government is keen to encourage more people to give to charity on a regular basis and this significantly enhances the amounts that can be raised, as the illustration in 5) shows.
(Please see question 4 for eligibility under the Gift Aid Scheme, to grow donations).
The scheme is available to pensioners in addition to employees.
Is it possible for the Employer to also donate funds to charity on a Matched Giving Basis?
Of course and by matching the donations made by staff employers can stimulate participation within the company. This can be achieved by matching the amounts paid by the employees, say 20p for every £1.00 donated under the scheme (or via a lesser amount.)
Will the payroll computer system need to be rewritten or significantly modified to accommodate this additional feature?
Most payroll systems utilised by UK employers have the capability to deduct payroll pennies as they already support the scheme. With over 172 employers running Pennies from Heaven we have great experience in setting up the scheme on payroll systems with the minimum of costs. When you join the scheme Pennies from Heaven will provide you with payroll software change guides where possible and liase with your payroll provider where necessary.
Can the scheme operate where some employees and pensioners subscribe and others decline, and can it accommodate leavers and joiners?
Yes. The system will be able to identify those employees and pensioners who have consented to this new deduction and those who have declined, in addition to new joiners and leavers.
How does Pennies from Heaven get remunerated?
In normal circumstances Pennies from Heaven will charge a fee to the employer for the services provided, thereby enabling 100% of the donated funds to go directly to the chosen charity. In circumstances, such as employers in the public sector, where payment of a fee is not practical Pennies from Heaven will be happy to discuss alternative arrangements.
What services do Pennies from Heaven provide?
Pennies from Heaven is here to make the set up and running of the scheme simple working with you at every stage. Some of the services provided by us include:
As a charity how could we become one of the charities benefiting from Pennies from Heaven?
More and more charities are contacting us about this very subject! As all benefiting charities are chosen by the employers and their staff you can actively speak to your supporter base about running a scheme. Pennies from Heaven will be happy to provide you with tools and advice on how to do this.