Payroll giving

Payroll giving (also known as Pay As You Earn) is an easy, tax-free way to donate regularly to your chosen charity directly through your salary.

The government adds the tax as an extra donation, meaning your contribution will be even bigger at no further cost to you. It’s a really flexible system that allows you to donate as much or as little as you would like, and provides Shooting Star Children’s Hospices with consistent and regular support, thus enabling us to plan for the future.

Any amount, big or small will help make a difference – you can help make every moment count.

How does it work?

Your donation You actually pay
(20% tax rate)
You actually pay (40% tax rate) Shooting Star Children’s Hospices receives
£5 £4 £3 £5
£10 £8 £6 £10
£20 £16 £12 £20
£50 £40 £30 £50

How can I take part (as an employee)?

As an employee, you can contact your payroll department and use the form in this handy employee’s guide to sign up to payroll giving or alternatively, you can sign up online here.

How can I take part (as an employer)?

Setting up a payroll giving scheme at work is an easy and tax efficient way to encourage staff to give a regular gift to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices through their salary, you can find out more in this employer’s guide to payroll giving.

What are the benefits of payroll giving?

  • Donations are deducted from salaries before tax, making it a tax-efficient way to give
  • It’s easy to set up and any administration costs are tax deductible.
  • Donations can be counted as part of an employer’s Charity of the Year targets
  • Employers can use the government’s Payroll Giving Quality Mark (and may qualify for a Quality Award Mark if you promote your scheme)
  • It could help companies to win other national awards, such as the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards or the Pay and Benefits Awards.

Set up your donation today or for further information on payroll giving, please email

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Sometimes your donation can take a little while to get to us, so don’t worry if your donations don’t appear on your payslip straight away.

For more information take a look at our handy guides Payroll Giving for Employers and Payroll Giving for Employees.