barclays for slider (Copy)Barclays Pennies from Heaven donations reach £1 million

Since 2000, Barclays employees and pensioners have been donating their payslip pennies to charities through the popular Pennies from Heaven scheme. The total amount raised has now exceeded £1million – and that’s before Gift Aid. Today the scheme at Barclays generates more £7,000 a month for charities and almost 26% of UK employees participate.

Offering employees a way to donate pennies through their pay is sometimes overlooked by employers and charities as a way to support fundraising goals. The success of Pennies from Heaven shows that if employers can support charitable fundraising in a small way, and stick at it, great sums of money can be raised.

Barclays achievement demonstrates the essence of what Pennies from Heaven is all about. If we each give something little, together, over time, we can achieve something great. Giving small amounts through pay generates donor stickiness as amounts are affordable and deductions are automatic and regular. Annual big fundraising initiatives are essential to charities but constant, reliable income streams are fundamental. We like to think of Pennies from Heaven as crowd fundraising for the charity sector with each person donating a few pence. If employers can establish Pennies from Heaven as a core and long term fundraising option offered to their employees, over time it will grow in popularity and cultivate long term participation.

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Shoosmiths announce Pennies from Heaven Gold Award

Shoosmiths was delighted to be informed recently that its staff have been recognised for the third consecutive year by being presented with a Gold Pennies from Heaven award.

Shoosmiths has been a supporter of Pennies from Heaven since June 2007. So far staff have raised £15,431 for its national charity partners, with Winston’s Wish being the current beneficiary.

Approximately 31% of Shoosmiths staff currently round down their salaries every month and donate their ‘spare’ pennies to support the programme.

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Pennies from Heaven 2015 Awards Announcedallthreesmall

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Pennies from Heaven 2015 Award winners. The scheme continues to rise in popularity as this year 35% more employers have become eligible for an Award than in 2014. Bronze Awards are awarded to employers with more than 10% of staff participating in the scheme, Silver to those with over 15% and Gold to those with more than 20%. This year we are also giving a Chairman’s Award to recognise the achievements of one employer. This year the Chairman’s Award is given to Mencap.The Pennies from Heaven Awards are given every year to celebrate fundraising excellence and is our way of endorsing organisations that not only support charitable giving in the workplace but do so exceptionally well. Our winners have achieved something great and we hope by recognising their success the Awards will raise the profile of the scheme even further and encourage even more people to join in.

2014 was another incredible year for Pennies from Heaven. The scheme has seen a continued rise in its popularity with employees with the average participation rate rising to 18% (up 20% from 2014) and donations have now surpassed the 300,000,000 penny mark. In the last 12 months employers such as EY, The Financial Ombudsman Service, National Oilwell Varco, Friends Life, RR Donnelley, UK Asset Resolution, Chelmsford City Council, NHS Gloucester CCG, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, The Rank Group and Solihull CCG have all joined the scheme. Sixty one new charities have also benefited from Pennies from Heaven donations for the first time.

A full list of the 2015 Award Winners can be found here

Commenting on the Awards, Kate Frost from Pennies from Heaven said:
I am very proud of the generosity of all the employees that take part in Pennies from Heaven and may we congratulate all of our Award winners on their achievement and thank them for their ongoing support and generosity. The fact that we are giving out more Awards this year than ever before demonstrates the popularity and success of the scheme. We believe passionately that the opportunity to give pennies from pay should be offered to all staff in the UK and we will continue to encourage more people to get involved in 2015.”

The Pennies from Heaven scheme is a great way for organisations to make a regular charitable contribution. We’re extremely proud that so many of our staff have felt compelled to sign up to the scheme and to have raised just short of £20,000 in such a short period of time is fantastic! We’re sure that money will make a massive difference for the Liverpool Mulago Partnership.” Rachel London. Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

Pennies from Heaven is a simple and effective scheme which provides Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity with a reliable and regular source of income. Funds like these allow us to plan for the future with confidence, allowing us to continue putting the child first and always.” Rosie Morris. Great Ormand Street Hospital.

Ageas raise £34,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014

From bakes sales to the ice bucket challenge, Kwik Fit Insurance Services employees helped to raise a total of £34,050.81 for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014. We are pleased to say that £4,500 of this amount (13%) came from donations through the Pennies from Heaven scheme.Macmillan Cancer Support was the company-wide nominated charity for last year and the £34,000 raised within KFIS was added to a further £62,000 raised by the parent company Ageas meaning employees based across the whole of the UK raised a grand total of £97,000.

In 2014 Ageas gave employees the option to join the Pennies from Heaven scheme. Ageas said “Pennies from Heaven is the UK’s largest and most established brand in small change employee giving and is a simple way for employees to make an individual difference by donating the spare pennies from their monthly net pay. This scheme will continue throughout 2015 and we hope to turn those pennies into pounds for such a great cause!”

In 2015 staff will continue to give their payslip pennies with the NSPCC as the new benefiting charity.

You can read the full news article at http://www.kwik-fitinsurance.co.uk/blog/we-raised-over-%C2%A334000-macmillan-cancer-support

Pennies from Heaven supporting Julia’s House and Mosaic in 2015.ted

Pennies from Heaven is an initiative, launched in 2009, which encourages the Dorset Healthcare Trust’s 5,000 plus employees to donate the pennies from their monthly pay to a nominated charity. This year, staff at Dorset HealthCare have chosen to continue their partnership with Julia’s House, which helps children with life-limiting illnesses, from newborn up to the age of 18. The Trust will also be supporting Mosaic, a Dorset-wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families.Colin Hague, Director of Human Resources at the Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be continuing the ‘Pennies from Heaven’ scheme into the new year and supporting local charities Julia’s House and Mosaic. Since launching the initiative, our staff have donated almost £4,000 to our nominated charities – just by giving the odd pennies from their pay. The small change really can make a big difference.”All the donations are treated as Gift Aid which means even more money for charity and there is no direct charge to the NHS for operating the scheme.Caroline Attreed, Corporate Fundraiserfor Julia’s House, added: “We are delighted that Dorset HealthCare is continuing to support our charity through the ‘Pennies from Heaven’ scheme. This is a simple but effective way for employees to help raise vital funds for Julia’s House and a wonderful way for employees to give.”

Katie Hensman, Fundraiser for Mosaic said “We would like to thank Dorset HealthCare staff for giving so generously to the ‘Pennies from Heaven’ scheme. The pennies truly do add up and together, NHS staff can make a significant contribution to the services Mosaic offers to bereaved families throughout Dorset”

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The 2015 Pennies from Heaven Awards are open for entries!

GoldPlease don’t miss your chance to enter the 2015 Pennies from Heaven Awards. We are once again looking to recognise the achievements of employers and employees who have really bought into the concept of team based giving with a high percentage of colleagues taking part. Last year we gave out 23 Awards to our members and we hope that this year this number rises further.
Entry is free and open to every Pennies from Heaven member and provides the perfect platform for you to showcase, and gain recognition for the outstanding contributions you have made over the past 12 months. Use your Pennies from Heaven Award to show how your employees and pensioners have made valued contributions to the charity sector and stand out as shining examples of best practice to the rest of our community.How do I enter?
Simply contact us or email kate@penniesfromheaven.co.uk and tell us the number of staff/pensioners you currently employ. We will then calculate your participation rate* We need to receive your numbers by Friday the 16th January 2015.How do we qualify for an Award?
Gold Awards will be given to employers with over 20% of staff/pensioners participating in the scheme, Silver Awards to those with 15% participating and Bronze Awards to those with 10% participating. We will also be giving our Chairman’s Award to the organisation we feel has gone the extra mile in terms of promoting the scheme.We look forward to receiving your nomination.View the full Press release here or visit our awards page here.*Participation calculated using the average donation from the last three donation payments paid to charities in 2014. If less than three payments received than average calculated from those. It is assumed a 50p average donation per month per employee. Only employers providing accurate staff numbers are entered in the Awards.
Employers at the Bank of England have adopted Cambridgeshire-based Alzheimer’s Research UK as one of their Charities of the Year who will benefit from Pennies from Heaven donations
You can read the article in full at http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Bank-England-adopts-Cambridgeshire-charity/story-23432215-detail/story.html
I CAN the children’s communication charity join Pennies from Heaven.

I CAN will be receiving donations from staff at R R Donnelley. Welcome!I CAN specialises in helping children with communication difficulties, leading the field on a local and national level for the past 60 years. It provides effective, practical solutions that ensure children who struggle to communicate receive the help they need to have a happy childhood, make progress at school and thrive as adults.Jamal Iqbal from I CAN told us “I CAN is delighted to receive the support of so many employees through Pennies from Heaven. The donations we receive will help us support the communication development of children and bring about lasting change for children who would otherwise be left behind.”You can find out more about I CAN at http://www.ican.org.uk/ and at their Facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/icantalk

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN 2014 AWARDS
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Pennies from Heaven announce entry open for the 2014 Awards

Following on from the success of the last two years Awards programmes we are once again looking to recognise the achievements of employers and employees who have really bought into the concept of team based micro giving with a high percentage of colleagues taking part. It is an ideal opportunity for you to showcase, and gain recognition for the outstanding contributions you have made over the past 12 months. Last year we gave out 22 Awards to our members and we hope that this year this number rises further.This year Gold Awards will be given to employers with over 20% of staff/pensioners participating in the scheme, Silver Awards to those with 15% participating and Bronze Awards to those with 10% participating. We will also be giving one special award to the employer we feel has gone the extra mile in terms of promoting the scheme.To enter simply email us the number of employees / pensioners in your organisation (not the number signed up to the scheme). Good luck and remember the last day to enter is Monday 15th December
*Participation calculated using the average donation from the last three donation payments paid to charities in 2013. If less than three payments received than average calculated from those. It is assumed a 50p average donation per month per employee. Only employers providing accurate staff numbers are entered in the Awards.
Bank of England choose new charities to receive Pennies from Heaven donations – Welcome aboard to Refuge and the Guide Dogs for the Blind

Staff and Pensioners at the Bank of England have selected Refuge as one of the new charities to receive their monthly Pennies from Heaven donations. Welcome to the Pennies from Heaven community Refuge!Lisa King, Director of communications and fundraising at Refuge told us: “Refuge is the largest provider of specialist domestic violence services in the country, supporting 3,000 women and children on any given day. Our services change lives and save lives. But to keep our services open in this difficult financial climate, we need support from individuals more than ever. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Pennies From Heaven – a quick and easy way to give a little each month and help make a big difference. Thank you”You can find out more about Refuge at www.refuge.org.uk or www.twitter.com/RefugeCharity or www.facebook.com/RefugeCharity

Council staff turn pennies into £32,000 for good causes – Midweek – May 2013news 2
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April 2013 by Jade March Generous staff at B. Braun Medical Ltd in Sheffield have scooped a national award in recognition for their contributions to charity. More than 350 B. Braun employees take part in the Pennies from Heaven scheme which donates money to chosen charities. The company nominated the Meningitis Trust and the Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham to be the charities that would benefit from their donations. Their dedication has now been recognised with national award, the Pennies from Heaven Gold Award, which recognizes work places with more than 10% of staff participating in the work place charity donation scheme.The scheme, ‘Pennies from Heaven’, allows employees to give to a charity of their choice, through payroll, from their salary. Now into their third year of the scheme, B. Braun staff have supported a number of leading charities including the British Heart Foundation, Fairplay, the CLIC Sargent and the South Yorkshire MS therapy centre.Group Chief Executive Hans Hux said: “This is a great achievement and I am very proud of all the staff at B Braun for their commitment and outstanding generosity. “The total sum of collected pennies creates a value which makes a huge difference in providing much needed support to those who are in real need. I will continue to encourage the B Braun staff to continue with their excellent commitment to this very worthwhile scheme.”B. Braun is a UK market leader in key market segments such as navigated joint implantology, needle safety technology, automated infusion pump systems, surgical instrumentation and sterile technology. The B. Braun UK Group – which employs just over 1,100 employees across the UK – also celebrated the achievement of “Investor in People Gold status” during 2012 and winning Employer of the Year in the Sheffield Star Business Awards. Released on behalf of B. Braun Medical Ltd. by HR Media Ltd. For further information, contact Kate Lahive on 0114 252 7780 or email kate@hrmedia.org.uk or Jade March on 0114 252 7776 or email jade@hrmedia.org.uk

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PENNIES FROM HEAVEN 2013 AWARDS

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Broxbourne Council signs up to ‘Pennies from Heaven’

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Warwickshire strikes Gold for Pennies from Heaven – July 10, 2012news-12aug2012

Warwickshire County Council has received a gold award from the Pennies from Heaven scheme as the total money raised by staff has topped the £150,000 figure. Staff donate money from their wages each month, the pennies on take home pay are deducted rounding it down to the nearest pound. In recognition of the number of staff who have signed up to the scheme – over 25% in total – the council received the gold award.The county joins 12 other organizations nationally, including the Bank of England and Barclays Bank, to have received the gold award and is the first local authority to gain the status. Since joining the scheme five years ago, Warwickshire County Council staff and pensioners have raised over £150,000 in that period (including Gift Aid). This has been split between Myton Hospice andMary Ann Evans Hospice to cover Warwickshire and Coventry.Cllr Martin Heatley, portfolio holder for Improvement and Workforce with Warwickshire County Council, has been battling cancer for three years and is currently in remission. He said: “The fact that we are the first local authority to achieve gold status and are among a select few organizations does not surprise me. The council works closely with a lot of voluntary organizations and staff are very aware of the work that organizations such as Myton Hospice and Mary Ann Evans Hospice do. My own recent battles have made me more aware than ever of the work these hospices do and I am proud of how county council staff have signed up to this scheme in such numbers to give a huge boost to very worthy charities.”David Pratt is Donor and Supporter Care Manager at Myton Hospice. The hospice has received over £60,000 from Pennies From Heaven. He said: “We are very fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries of this scheme, and the staff at Warwickshire County Council have now donated over £60,000.00!! This is a tremendous amount of money which has had a significant impact on our work caring for local people who are living with, or affected by, a terminal illness.”

More than 33% of Headlam PLC staff join the scheme in just 8 weeks.

Headlam Group PLC, Europe’s leading distributor of floor covering has over 33% of staff contributing to the Pennies from Heaven scheme. The company launched the scheme in October 2011 with staff giving to Great Ormond Street Hospital and MacMillan Cancer Support. The scheme has had strong management support and has been enhanced through the matching of staff donations by the company.“We are pleased to say that just over 33% of staff at Headlam Group plc are giving their payslip pennies to through the Pennies from Heaven scheme. With guidance from the team at Pennies from Heaven, the scheme was straightforward to set up and communicate, the take up being enhanced through employer matching on a £ for £ basis.” Headlam Group PLC

Preston’s university has written itself into its own record books.

The University of Central Lancashire has become the first higher education institution to join Pennies from Heaven (PFH), a coin collection giving scheme for employees. View full article

43% of Barclays Bank network staff sign up to the Pennies from Heaven scheme in just four weeks.

A new Pennies from Heaven campaign at Barclays Bank has led to an additional 5,600 employees signing up to donate the spare pennies from their payslips. Barclays Bank is the founding member of the Pennies from Heaven scheme joining in 2000 and it continues to support five charities, Action Aid, The Children’s Society, Marie Curie, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the RNIB. These charities will now receive more than £90,000 per year with Gift Aid from Barclay’s staff and pensioners.Kate Frost, Director of Pennies from Heaven commented “Barclays should be enormously proud of these results. Their nominated charities will benefit from this new money every month and all of it is eligible for Gift Aid. It just shows that by offering employees an easy and affordable way to donate we can increase the number of people regularly giving.”How did they do it?

  • Network executives given responsibility to increase take up of the scheme
  • Nationwide communications campaign on Pennies from Heaven
  • Application forms distributed in every branch weekly meeting across the country and given to every staff member
  • Pennies from Heaven discussion and ‘quiz’ included in weekly branch meeting nationwide
  • Results were centrally measured and fed back to local management and staff
  • High achieving areas able nominate a local charity to receive additional centrally funded donations
  • Senior management buy in and support
  • Consistent approach in all branches
  • Ongoing communications throughout the month

The Pennies from Heaven campaign is a part of a wider focus by Barclays to increase staff awareness and involvement in community activities.

Council’s payslip pennies pass the £100,000 markpennies_mukumbura_flickr

Warwickshire County Council’s staff and pensioners have raised over £100,000 in four years by topping up their monthly payslip by no more than 99p a month. The Pennies from Heaven scheme was launched at the council four years ago, with current and retired staff invited to make a voluntary donation each month from their payslip. The £100,000 total includes Gift Aid. The donations are split equally between the council’s chosen charities of Myton Hospice which has bases in Warwick, Rugby and Coventry, and the Mary Ann Evans Hospice which serves, Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire. Warwickshire County Council is the most successful local authority in running a Pennies from Heaven scheme, with around 4,500 staff and pensioners taking part and monthly donations exceeding £2,500.Anthony Law, Managing Director and founder of Pennies from Heaven said: “The support of the council during this period has been exemplary and a shining example for all employers running or wanting to run a Pennies from Heaven scheme. Each month the numbers increase and in times when the majority of charities have seen a decrease in donations it is quite possible that the £200,000 mark will be reached within the next three years! Who said the pennies don’t add up?”Martyn Thompson, Deputy Head of Workforce Strategy & Development at Warwickshire County Council said: “The beauty of this scheme is in its simplicity, and it shows how donating a few pennies each month can really add up to a significant sum, which makes a real difference to our chosen charities.”

Pennies from Heaven enables SAP to help charities

SAP software has been configured to run the Pennies from Heaven scheme. Employers wishing to offer the scheme can now enhance their current SAP system for free.Pennies from Heaven is pleased to announce, that, at a time that the government has recently issued a green paper on ‘GIVING’, it is working. SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, is to provide its vast user base with the opportunity to donate money on an ongoing bases to the charities agreed in conjunction with their employer.Pennies from Heaven was founded in 1999 to encourage employees & pensioners to donate the ‘odd pennies’ from their pay to charity. The maximum monthly donation being 99p with average at just 50p or £6.00 a year. Pennies from Heaven has now in excess of 180 employers running the scheme and has raised in excess of £1.5m for more than 150 charities. Donations made via the scheme have grown rapidly during 2010 which saw a 25% over 2009.“This development with SAP has the potential to raise millions of pounds for the charity sector, as 100,000s of individuals from some of the largest employers in the UK using SAP payroll will now be able to set up and run the scheme,” said . Anthony Law, Managing Director & co-founder of the scheme. “We are delighted that SAP has agreed to provide this enhancement as a standard to its system and we are looking forward to helping its clients raise substantial new sums for the sector as well as increasing the numbers of employees giving in the UK.” Tim Noble, Managing Director of SAP UK and Ireland, said: “At SAP we acknowledge the increasing importance that Corporate Social Responsibility for employers plays in society and hope that this enhancement, enabling our users to operate a Pennies from Heaven scheme, will be widely used.”About SAP As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 109,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com. February 2011

Swansea University and ABM send equipment to Sierra Leone – Aug 2010

Employees from across the Health Board also contribute part of their salaries each month to the ABM Africa Links charity, under the Pennies from Heaven scheme View full article

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Aviva widens flexible benefits scheme – Employee Benefits March 29 2010

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NHS Kirklees staff back Forget Me Not Trust

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Huddersfield health staff back Help for Heroes charity

Dec 29 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner

HEALTH workers in Huddersfield are being urged to help Britain’s wounded soldiers.Staff at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to people in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, are being encouraged to sign up to a charity payroll giving scheme, Pennies from Heaven. The money will go to the Trust’s selected charity, Help for Heroes.The charity was nominated by a member of staff who has family currently serving in Afghanistan. The maximum amount that could be donated by any member of staff through the scheme is 99p per month, or £11.88 per year. Collectively the Trust could raise £29,700 a year for Help for Heroes.The Trust’s HR business manager James Corson said: “It is important for us to say thank you to our troops and provide all the support we can to help in the rehabilitation of the wounded, who have put their lives on the line. There is lots of media coverage for soldiers who have lost limbs, but not as much on the psychological side. Our staff are all too aware of the impact mental health problems can have on every day life and we hope our proceeds can help provided the necessary counselling centres.”

Charity gets more than a penny for them

Someone has been looking after the pennies. A charity called Pennies from Heaven has just announced it has topped the £1m mark in donations. Not bad for an organisation that relies on employees rounding down their monthly salaries to the nearest pound and donating the pennies to charity.The list of organisations taking part in the scheme is impressive, including bookies, banks and local authorities. No sign of Government departments taking part yet, but I suppose they are too busy dealing with pounds, billions of them, to worry about pennies. WWW.TELEGRAPH.CO.UK – City Diary 27/03/2009

Pennies from Heaven in the NHS Report March 2009.

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Warwickshire County Council makes generous donation – Dec 2010

Staff and pensioners of the Warwickshire County Council have made a generous donation of Warwickshire County Council this festive season. The amount is part of the pennies that these people have been donating from their pay slips. View full article

Council’s payslip pennies add up for Warwickshire charities!

December 2010w_newsThe generosity of Warwickshire County Council’s staff and pensioners has seen them donate pennies from their payslips each month, raising over £100,000 for charity in the process. The Pennies from Heaven scheme was launched at the council four years ago, with current and retired staff invited to make a voluntary donation each month from their payslip. The donation is never more than 99 pence each month, and with Gift Aid, the total contributions have now reached over 10,000,000 pennies (£100,000).The donations are split equally between the council’s chosen charities of Myton Hospice which has bases in Warwick, Rugby and Coventry, and the Mary Ann Evans Hospice which serves, Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire.Collectively Warwickshire County Council donates more than any other local authority running a Pennies from Heaven scheme, with around 4,500 staff and pensioners taking part and monthly donations exceeding £2,500.Anthony Law, Managing Director and founder of Pennies from Heaven said: “The support of the council during this period has been exemplary and a shining example for all employers running or wanting to run a Pennies from Heaven scheme. Each month the numbers increase and in times when the majority of charities have seen a decrease in donations it is quite possible that the £200,000 mark will be reached within the next three years! Who said the pennies don’t add up?”Martyn Thompson, Deputy Head of Workforce Strategy & Development at Warwickshire County Council said: “The beauty of this scheme is in its simplicity, and it shows how donating a few pennies each month can really add up to a significant sum, which makes a real difference to our chosen charities.”Sara Fenton from Myton Hospice said, “We are grateful to Warwickshire County Council and its employees and pensioners for taking part in this scheme and raising money for us. So far we have had more than £50,000, including Gift Aid, from Pennies from Heaven which has helped us look after the 2,000 patients we care for each year”Janet Kavanagh, Fundraising Manager for Mary Ann Evans, is also delighted at the money raised, “Thanks to you, local people have been able to receive support and care at what is a very difficult time. The provision of local hospice care is very special, whether are the Day Hospice or with Hospice at Home. Your generosity in remembering the Mary Ann Evans Hospice will enable us to continue our caring and provide support for our patients, their families and carers.”Myton Hospice looks after patients from Coventry and Warwickshire with life-limiting illnesses, also providing support for their friends and families. It needs to raise from than £6m a year to keep its three sites running, and cannot do this without support from the local community. The Mary Ann Evans Hospice provides care at the Day Hospice and much needed Hospice at Home care to local people and their families who live in Nuneaton, Bedworth and the North Warwickshire villages.

Hospital staff send pennies to Africa.

Staff at nine Bristol hospitals are donating money from their wages to help improve healthcare in Africa View full article

Employee Benefits – June 2010 – Charitable benefits are a good motivator.

Charitable perks can do wonders for employee engagement and will enhance an employer’s image as a caring organisation, says Jennifer Paterson Apart from their main functions of attracting, engaging and retaining staff, benefits can also be used to support an organisation’s wider strategies, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR). Here, staff are invited to take part in initiatives such as payroll giving schemes, corporate volunteering plans and paid leave to perform charity work. John Sylvester, executive director at P&MM Motivation, says: “Many organisations are looking to build their CSR programmes. “They are appealing to employees’ better nature to give a feelgood factor about the work they are doing and the contribution they are making,” he says.Payroll giving schemes enable staff to donate to charity tax-efficiently from their gross salary. Through an HM Revenue and Customs-approved scheme, employees can donate any amount they want, which their employer may choose to match. However, many organisations are still unaware of the tax-efficiency of payroll giving. Peter O’Hara, managing director of provider Workplace Giving UK, says: “Our role is to make it easy for employees to engage with the scheme, understand the tax benefits, and make it easy for them to start giving. Staff give, on average, about £6.50 a month, but that really adds up over the years.” About 9,000 UK employers operate payroll giving schemes. Of these, 1,500 offer a programme through Workplace Giving UK and 4,000 use the give-as-you-earn scheme provided by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).Peter Cafferkey, senior company relations manager at CAF, says: “It enables employers to deliver on promises around community investment and company perception.” Maximise staff interest and donations Once a payroll giving scheme has been implemented, the employer should ensure it remains fresh in order to maximise staff interest and donations. Online fashion retailer Asos relaunched its scheme, provided by Workplace Giving UK, with the aim of making charitable donations more personal. After the relaunch, take-up jumped from 4% to 14.5% and staff pledged a total of £8,030 more.Louise McCabe, head of CSR at Asos, says: “We wanted to give the scheme a clear identity. Payroll giving gives staff the chance to be a bit more personal.” Another option is to invite staff to donate a portion of their salary through charities such as Pennies from Heaven. This scheme rounds down an employee’s net salary to the nearest pound and takes the pennies left over to donate to charity.Anthony Law, managing director of Pennies from Heaven, says: “The organisation agrees on one charity or a basket of charities. There is all the flexibility you can hope, but as an individual might have only one pence left on their pay packet, they might end up giving only 12p in a year.” Some employers also offer staff the chance to donate their time through a corporate volunteering scheme. Arrangements range from employees taking four days of paid time off each year, to a more informal, ad-hoc approach.Gennie Franklin, acting director of employee volunteering at Business in the Community (BITC) says: “The most common policy is to provide one day a year paid time off volunteering in support of the company’s community investment activities. “Not only does volunteering give companies a chance to engage employees and to develop a wide range of skills, it can provide a channel to demonstrate corporate values, contributing to improved employee perception, motivation and retention.”Giving time instead of money According to the Department of Communities and Local Government’s 2008/2009 DCLG Citizenship Survey, more than two million people in England volunteered through employer-supported schemes between 2008 and 2009. Law says: “Staff like to have lots of different ways to participate. Giving is not just money; there is an awful lot that can be given in time, in terms of volunteering.” Employers such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, Informa and Pfizer have offered staff time off to volunteer for local or international projects. For example, 60 Virgin staff climbed Mount Kenya to raise £35,000 for the airline’s adopted Kenyan village. According to the Team-based employee volunteering survey published by BITC last year, 97% of staff feel it is important that their employer supports volunteering in working hours.Franklin says: “Staff volunteering is a key tool to raise awareness internally of how a company is making a positive impact on society. It also enables companies to raise the awareness and improve their perception within their local community.” So, offering charitable perks can have clear advantages for employers, but some may benefit from a greater awareness around the tax-efficiency of these schemes, as well as the engagement and motivation that volunteering can instil in staff. Read more on motivationCase study: Healthy interest in Bupa projects Bupa offers its staff a range of volunteering opportunities, including team-building challenges that highlight causes close to employees’ hearts, teaching local schoolchildren about healthy eating, and an international biannual charity project. Bupa’s first project in 2007 saw 60 employees travel to northern Thailand to work in an orphanage. Almost all (98%) of the employees said they were proud of Bupa for taking part in charitable work. That was followed by the Ecuador Challenge, which saw 120 staff build a health and community centre in Ecuador in 2009. Another trip is being planned for 2011, with the destination yet to be decided.Claire Atkinson, community affairs manager, says: “Employees learned skills that are transferable to the workplace. That message was spread across the workforce. It seems to be a very engaging project and more people are applying each year.” Project details are communicated to staff via the firm’s Community Connections website and through its internal Bupa World magazine.Case study: Barclays invests in communities Barclays Bank offers its employees a range of charitable benefits. The bank has offered a payroll giving scheme since June 1987, and introduced matching contributions in 2002. In 2009, more than 9,500 employees and pensioners donated through the scheme, provided by Workplace Giving UK. The bank was also the first employer to run the Pennies from Heaven programme, starting in 2001. Since then, it has raised more than £605,000 from excess pennies. Barclays also offers a comprehensive range of employee community engagement programmes, called Charity Begins At Work. This involves a global volunteering programme and matched fundraising three times a year. Last year, more than 58,000 Barclays employees in 31 countries used the company’s support to become involved in their local communities. Hannah Willis, associate director, global community investment at Barclays Group Corporate Affairs, says: “We believe our business will benefit from contributing to the development and sustainability of the communities in which we operate. “At the same time, our own research has shown that encouraging our colleagues to get involved has a positive impact by increasing employee satisfaction, personal development and pride in working for Barclays.” Author: Jennifer Paterson Publisher: Employee Benefits Date: 2010-06-01

Warwickshire hospices get £100,000 from penny scheme.

Warwickshire County Council staff have raised £100,000 for local charities by donating odd pennies from their wages. View full article