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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Payroll Giving

Payroll giving is a simple, tax-efficient way for employees to make regular monthly donations to a charity of their choice through CAF Give As You Earn.

Donations are taken straight from your salary before income tax is deducted; this means that you receive tax relief on your donation immediately. Therefore, a donation of £1 only costs you 80p, or 60p if you are a higher rate tax payer.

Examples are provided here:

Employee donation

Cost to employee (20% tax payer)

Cost to employee (40% tax payer)













Before signing up to payroll giving, we strongly advise that you carefully read the Salary Sacrifice FAQs to ensure that you are eligible to apply and that you will benefit from the use of CAF Give As You Earn.

Deciding to give to charity is the easy part. With over 200,000 registered charitable organisations in the UK, deciding where your donations go can be quite difficult! You can donate to any UK-based charity, and you can support as many charities as you wish.

CAF has launched the 'Coronavirus Emergency Fund', a rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants will help them deliver much needed support to communities across the UK. Over 3,500 charities have applied, which currently outstrips the initial grants available. You can opt to give to this fund by following the link below.

CAF take a small admin fee of 4% (capped at a maximum of £10 per pay period) for direct donations to charity which is paid by staff. For donations into a CAF Charity Account, a small contribution is deducted each time an account is topped-up. More information on payroll giving through CAF can be found here.

Set up is quick and simple, please follow the link here to to access the CAF Give As You Earn webpage where you can select your chosen charity and donation amount.