As an employer, it is easy and inexpensive to set up a Payroll Giving scheme in your workplace to allow your employees to make regular donations through their payrolls. Participation in the Payroll Giving scheme shows employees you care about the causes that are important to them. It also enables your staff to give a regular gift to UNICEF which will help us to fulfil our aim of helping all children, including the hardest to reach.

Payroll Giving: Benefits to employers?

Employees will appreciate the opportunity to give through a simple and tax-efficient process.

Employers can offer matched giving. By matching your employee’s donation each month you demonstrate the value your organisation places on generating sustainable income for charities. You also enable an employee’s gift to UNICEF to be worth double, or even triple, the amount.

Payroll Giving - also known as Workplace Giving or Give as you Earn (GAYE) - enhances your organisation’s social responsibility profile. It entitles you to use the Payroll Giving Quality Mark. This recognises and rewards organisations for making Payroll Giving available to staff by allowing them to regularly make donations.

What's involved in Payroll Giving?

All modern payroll systems can be set up to handle Payroll Giving and there are no extra tax forms to fill in. To set the scheme up all you have to do is sign up with an approved Payroll Giving Agency. UNICEF currently works with the following agencies:

Once the scheme is set up with an agency, they will help you to promote Payroll Giving to your employees. Individuals who want to support UNICEF will then have their donation deducted from their salary on a regular basis.

If you’d like to know more about setting up a Payroll Giving scheme in your workplace, please call our Supporter Care Desk on 0300 330 5580. Or email:

Payroll Giving schemes for businesses © UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0985/Shehzad Noorani
Your payroll donation will help children like this girl returning home from school in Bangladesh. She lives in the country's remote wetlands area. During the flooding period, villages become 'islands' and access to services is limited.© UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0985/Shehzad Noorani