How can your business help pact?
It doesn’t matter how big or small your organisation is or where you are based, there are plenty of opportunities to support PACT through business fundraising. If you or your company would like to get involved, you’ll find lots of ideas here, from ‘Charity of the Year’ adoptions and sponsorship opportunities, to employee fundraising and volunteering.
Getting involved with a local charity like PACT can be extremely rewarding and fun for you and your colleagues. You may well find yourself doing something that you never thought was achievable or that you would just never get around to doing if it wasn’t for your decision to support a charitable cause. Working in partnership with PACT you’ll be fully supported to achieve any number of business or corporate objectives. These might include increasing team-building, enhancing your company’s image through PR opportunities, addressing new audiences or demonstrating ‘corporate social responsibility’ initiatives.
Charity of the Year
Charity of the Year adoption is an increasingly popular idea for both businesses and charities. It is an effective way for businesses to focus their approach to charitable giving and involve their staff whilst helping a charity to raise funds to support their community.
The key elements of charity partnerships are that the business chooses one main charity to support over a specific time period, usually ranging from one to two years. The partnership is designed to be of mutual benefit and often, although not always, involves the company’s staff in some way so it can be a great opportunity for team building or simply to have some fun! It’s a good way of involving staff in the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies. By doing this, staff can see for themselves how their company’s support impacts on the work of the charity; giving them a real sense of pride in the organisation they work for.
Payroll Giving is an easy and tax-efficient way for employees to donate to their favourite charities. It is simple for employers to set up and run, and is an excellent way to show support for employees’ charitable giving.
Payroll Giving enables an employee to decide how much and to which charities they want to give. Donations are deducted straight from an employee’s salary each month before the deduction of income tax. Such immediate tax relief means that anyone paying the standard rate income tax at 22% can give a £5 donation at a cost of just £3.90. The £1.10 that would have gone to the Inland Revenue comes straight to PACT instead.
As long as your company has a Payroll Giving scheme set up, making a monthly donation is simple. All you need to do is decide how much you would like to donate and then contact your payroll department. They will be able to supply you with a simple form to fill in and the donations will then be deducted from your salary each month. If your company doesn’t have a Payroll Giving scheme this should not be a problem. Talk to your payroll department and ask them if they can arrange a scheme that will allow you to donate through your salary.