What is Workplace Giving?
Workplace giving’ allows employees to donate money to one or more charities via pre-tax payroll deductions. Employees must consent to the deductions, and charities to which donations are made must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, meaning they have been approved by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to receive tax deductible donations.
The ATO permits employers to calculate tax on an employee’s pay net of workplace giving donations. Effectively this means the employee receives the benefit of an immediate tax refund, and is not required to keep a receipt. 100% of pre-tax employee donations are sent by the employer directly to the charity.
Why Workplace Giving?
Research indicates employees who participate in workplace giving are more engaged in the workplace and have greater pride in their employer.1 Workplace giving programs enables employers to build employee engagement, harness the collective generosity of their people, and enhance their reputation in the communities in which they operate2, as well as enabling them to better attract and retain talent, all of which are vital for business success.3
How does Workplace Giving help Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia?
Workplace giving donations provide Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia with a regular source of income that enables it to expand its services, undertake projects that improve access to services by vulnerable groups, and to continue the research which ensures the organisation's services are always based on best practice. Donations also enable the Service to deliver subsidised primary prevention training, with the ultimate aim of reducing the incidence of sexual assault and domestic violence in Australia.
Together, small donations each payroll period add up to larger amounts that will be used to prevent sexual assault, family and domestic violence, and to assist those who have experienced that violence in their recovery.
Please contact us to explore how your organisation can help to support those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence through workplace giving.
1. The Australian Charities Fund
2. The Australian Charities Fund Cutting to the Heart of Workplace Giving Report 2009
3. PwC’s 12th Annual Global CEO Survey