It is with great pleasure that we announce the Pennies from Heaven 2016 Award winners. Once again we have been overwhelmed by the number of entries and delighted to see the hard work paying off as new employers win Awards for the first time and previous winners upgrade the colour of their medals.
Pennies from Heaven is accessible and affordable to everyone and that’s why this year we introduced our Platinum Award for employers with over 40% participation – the highest level to be accredited in the fundraising sector. One in six of our Awards are Platinum.
The Pennies from Heaven Awards are given every year to celebrate fundraising excellence. It is our way of endorsing organisations that not only support charitable giving in the workplace but do so exceptionally well. A full list of the 2016 Award winners can be found below.
“Being able to raise much needed funds for local charities close to our hearts in this way is made so easy with Pennies from Heaven and we are delighted that we have been awarded one of the first PLATINUM awards having held the Gold award for three years running. For B. Braun to be publicly recognised in this way as an employer with employees who, year on year, have demonstrated commendable commitment and generosity to local charities is an achievement which makes us very proud.”
HR Manager Lisa Burns. B.Braun.
The Chairman’s Award in 2016 goes to Borough of Poole who have demonstrated the difference an opt out approach can make. With agreement from Unions they launched an opt out approach for new staff in January 2014. Overall participation has since risen from 3% to 11% and continues to increase month by month.
“The Borough of Poole is delighted to receive both the Bronze and Chairman’s Award and proud to hear of the high numbers of colleagues taking part in the scheme. We made a decision in 2015 to make it very simple for new staff to enrol in the scheme so launched an opt out approach giving new joiners a form to complete if they didn’t want to join rather than the other way around. It makes joining the scheme so much easier and we have had no problems in running things this way and I encourage other organisations to do the same. We have seen our overall participation rate trebled as a result of this in the past 12 months and expect this to continue to rise.”
Andrew Flockhart. Chief Executive Officer. Borough of Poole.
2015 saw lots of new employers joining us including L and G, Public Health Wales and MSCI Limited to name but a few. Many new charities began benefiting from Pennies from Heaven donations such as Medecins sans Frontieres, Youth Cancer Trust, The Guide Dogs, the Prince’s Trust and The British Paralympics Association. Barclays Bank reached a fantastic milestone of raising its £1millionth which epitomises the essence of Pennies from Heaven – small change can make a big difference.
“LV= is very proud to receive a Platinum award to show that the success of our scheme has been recognised. This demonstrates that our pennies from payslips are making a big difference to the charities we support. It’s very simple for our employees to join the scheme and an easy way to donate to the charities nominated.”
Clare Jackson. Payroll Officer. LV=
Pennies from Heaven in the NHS continues to go from strength to strength with Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust receiving a Platinum Award and South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust moving from a Bronze Award to a Gold Award with 20% take up. In 2015 we welcomed new Trusts to the scheme such as Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust amongst others.
“Thanks to the Pennies from Heaven scheme, our employees have been able to support children with communication difficulties by donating their pennies to I CAN – the children’s communication charity. Last year we saw a 39% increase in the number of employees donating, which is great news for the charity”.
Catherine Rylance. Community Relations Manager. RR Donnelley
Congratulations to all our Award winners – all our fees go into running the scheme but maybe one day we will be able to hold a winners banquet for you!
Platinum Awards are given to employers with more than 40% of staff in the scheme, Gold to those with over 20%, Silver to those with over 15% and Bronze to those with more than 10%. Participation calculated using three month average of last three donations paid to charities in 2015. If less than three payments received than average calculated from those. It is assumed a 50p average donation per month per employee. Entry into Awards only where employers provided Pennies from Heaven with up to date staff numbers.