Workplace giving, how to save a life and boost staff morale at the same time.
In essence, workplace giving is a program that allows employees to make pre-tax donations through their payroll.
Three reasons to get involved in workplace giving:
1) Workplace giving gives employees the option of supporting a charity that is important to them through their work.
2) “It is easy, I set up my donations five years ago when I started at Unilever and didn’t have to think about it again” Mariebelle Malo, Customer Marketing Manager at Unilever said.
3) Most people who make a donation will see a tax benefit in their pay.
Three reasons to get your employer to implement workplace giving:
1) Workplace giving is a simple way for a business to engage their workers in meaningful corporate social responsibility.
“Our workplace giving program was launched in 2004 and we are proud to have over 40% of employees donating to the charities that are important to them” Melinda King, from Event Hospitality & Entertainment said.
2) Corporate Social Responsibility programs have been proven to boost staff morale.
Research from the Social Impact Hub shows that young Australians want to for work for employers that offer workplace giving, and are attracted to the convenience and financial advantages of these programs.
Furthermore, research from the Charities Aid Foundation shows that those who donate through a company sponsored program are loyal employees who are incredibly proud of where they work – making workplace giving a fantastic tool for talent acquisition and retention.
3) It is a great way to bring your business culture to life.
“This is one of the things amongst many others that makes Unilever a great place to work. Workplace giving and investing back into the community is part of the overall Unilever Sustainable Living Plan” Malo said.
“For 30 years Villa World have recognized the importance of giving back to our communities. Supporting The Surf Life Saving Foundation through workplace giving is aligned to our internal culture of giving and sharing. Our people are very dedicated to achieving high level outcomes, with a particular focus on how we impact the external community that supports us” Leanne Morgan, Organisational Development Manager at Villa World said.
Three ways Surf Life Saving uses workplace giving donations:
1) Prevention is better than a cure.
Donations made through workplace giving help Surf Life Saving reach more people in communities all around Australia. These initiatives teach children and adults important lessons on how to be safe at the beach. Through our Nippers programs Surf Life Saving initiative reach over 62,000 children.
2) Money raised through workplace giving helps to train new surf lifesavers.
“I live 5 minutes from the beach and can see the work from the Surf Life Saving first hand. I feel I have a personal responsibility to support this charity so I can enjoy our beautiful beaches while staying safe” Malo said.
Since 1907, more than 630,000 people have been rescued by surf lifesavers. Over the last patrol season an average of 35 people were rescued every day.
3) A little bit can go a long way.
“If 50 employees give $2.50 per month each we could afford a new oxygen resuscitation kit, which on average is used in over 30 rescues every season. If 50 employees each give $30 per month your business could help us afford one of our core pieces of rescue equipment, an inflatable rescue boat (IRB) which cost around $18,000.” Steve Francia, Head of the Surf Life Saving Foundation said.
How can you be a life saver without leaving work?
If your employer runs a workplace giving program you can nominate Surf Life Saving as your charity of choice using this simple form.
If your employer doesn’t run workplace giving we’d be happy to help them implement it. It is super easy to set up in-house and costs nothing to maintain. Simply register your company’s interest here, and we’ll look after the rest.
If you have any questions, simply email our Workplace Giving Manager any time, on email@example.com