Giving a little makes a difference to many
Workplace Giving is an effective way for employees to make regular donations to causes they are passionate about. As an employee, you decide to donate a set amount each week, which comes out of your pre-tax pay. It's win-win: you pay less tax, and your chosen charity gets much needed funds.
Workplace Giving is usually managed through an employer’s payroll system. It's also great for employers. It can demonstrate your commitment to giving back - helping to build your culture, strengthen employee engagement, enhance your brand and have a meaningful impact in the communities in which you work.
How much should you give?
Whatever amount you are comfortable with. Even the smallest donation can make a difference … just $5 a week ($260 per year) can have a big impact. Here’s what $260 could do for a rural community:
- Help five children in need with a Back to School voucher to start the school year with school supplies and wearing the right uniform to maximise their learning and help them fit in.
- Buy a printer so a community group can publish a newsletter to help connect community members.
- Purchase paint to help refurbish a community meeting place.
Employers can make a bigger difference by matched giving!
By employers matching their employees’ donations to FRRR, dollar for dollar, they can demonstrate their commitment to rural communities.
- We can reach rural community groups that often can’t access tax deductible donations.
- We rigorously assess the organisations and projects that receive grants.
- Funds can go exactly where you want them to - a cause or a specific location.
- All grant recipients have to report back on how they used the money, and what they achieved.
- FRRR’s administration costs are low.
Contact FRRR and we’ll help you set up your Workplace Giving program to support rural, regional and remote communities across Australia.
Workplace Giving is for all organisations
FRRR has created a quick and easy guide to Workplace Giving to help you get started.
Workplace Giving isn’t just for large employers with complicated payroll systems. There are free resources, consulting advice and online platforms to help organisations of all sizes to easily set up a Workplace Giving program.
If you are new to Workplace Giving, here is how to get started:
- Register your interest in Workplace Giving to FRRR and one of our team will be in touch.
- Review the ATO Workplace Giving Guidelines to learn all you need to know.
These organisations specialise in helping employers develop effective Workplace Giving programs. They operate platforms that manage the administration requirements, reducing the burden on your organisations and helping your staff connect with and support the causes that matter to them.
|Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Australia’s Good2Give is a state-of-art online platform that removes the complexity of administering and building a vibrant Workplace Giving program. The platform’s designed to enhance staff participation and connection to the charities and causes they care most about. CAF’s Client Relations Managers are experienced in supporting businesses across all aspects of a corporate community investment program, including managing best-practice Workplace Giving programs. Learn more or call on 02 9929 9633.|
Goodcompany's One Stop Workplace Giving Platform empowers staff to give their Time (general volunteering), Talent (skilled volunteering) and Treasure (donating pre-tax once off or ongoing) to help support hundreds of great charities. Many leading Australian companies work with Goodcompany to deliver an engaging experience for staff, with state of the art reporting for management. Best of all – it’s so easy to launch, run and grow giving. For more info see www.goodcompany.org or call 03 9686 6100.
You can also get support from Australian Charities Fund (ACF), which provides advice to businesses throughout Australia on Workplace Giving, helping to establish and manage successful Workplace Giving programs (pre-tax giving, matching, time/skill sharing and in-kind support). Visit: Get Involved - Employers - The Australian Charities Fund
Once you've chosen a Workplace Giving solution that is right for you, it’s then all about getting your staff excited and involved. The following are a few ideas to help get employees to use Workplace Giving - but it starts with ensuring they know why you're starting a workplace giving program and how it fits in with your business. Then:
- Find shared causes to support: Ask staff about what's important to them, and see what matches your company's priorities. Build engagement by involving staff in choosing the organisations to which they can donate, and deciding how best to promote the program.
- Get senior leaders on board: Encourage senior leaders to lead by example, and to share what they are doing with their teams.
- Give broadly: The more groups that you appeal to, the more likely you are to attract employee donors. Ideally choose ones which reflect your company's interests and those of your staff - it could be rural education, drought relief, disaster recovery, aged care in rural communities, or preserving cultural heritage.
- Communicate regularly about the workplace giving options: Many workplaces put the system in place and other than just one line in a letter of offer and a page on the intranet, it isn’t mentioned again. So make sure you remind people about it regularly.
- Get personal: While emails, posters and intranet posts are great, they don’t replace a personal request to get involved by a program committee member or a representative from the charity partners.
- Share the impact - employees want to know where and how funds are used: Encourage your staff to do more than just donate money. Encourage them to donate time and skills too. And get them to share and tell their stories.
- Invite employees to give: People won’t sign up if they don’t know it’s there. Ensure that employees actually get the form in their hands and know about the difference Workplace Giving can make. Have a designated contact in each department / team, or on each floor, who can talk about it.
- Say thanks: Everyone likes to be thanked for what they give, so make sure that there are company-wide and personalised communications to say thank you.
This simple diagram summarises the Workplace Giving process:
If you have any queries or wish to donate directly to FRRR, please contact our office on 1800 170 020.