Payroll giving (give as you earn)

Payroll giving is an easy and tax effective way to give regularly to Back Up. Your donation is taken from your pre-tax salary, meaning that for a £10 donation it will only cost you £8 (or £6 if you’re a higher rate tax payer). The extra £2 comes from tax that would otherwise go to HMRC. Some companies even match your donation through payroll giving, making your donation go even further.

A small gift from you each month could help us transform many more lives. By donating through payroll giving we can plan for the future and expand our services.

Does your company offer Payroll Giving? Click here to complete our very short survey.

Set up payroll giving now

  • Simple to set up – Your company HR will have simple online or paper form. All you need to do is tell them how much you want to give. They will need our registered charity number, which is:
    • Back-Up Trust, registered charity no. 1072216

Why choose payroll giving?

  • Tax efficient – Your donation is taken straight from your salary every month before your tax is deducted
  • Optimises givingThe government increases the size of your gift at no extra cost to you
  • Some employers match donations – Please check to see if yours offers a ‘matched-giving’ scheme
  • You are in control – Your donation will appear on your pay-slip and you can stop or vary your gift at any time
  • You’re kept up to date – We’ll communicate with you to keep you up to date on our work


I first heard about Back Up through corporate sponsorship at work, and then went on a course as a Buddy. I now volunteer with Back Up as a Group Leader on courses.

I could immediately see the value of the work Back Up do, and the direct impact in people’s lives of the skills and confidence learnt during that short time.

I could see clearly the absolute benefit that my donation would make for service users of Back Up.

The tax effective nature of Payroll donations meant I could afford to give more, and also my employer contributed at the same time, so a great way of supporting.

It was very easy to set up payroll donation through my company, just a single short form and it was done.

Because of the style of work Back Up does, it is really easy to see the direct benefit that a regular donation has. I am very pleased to be able to support Back Up and for service users to benefit in such a direct way.


I switched to payroll giving because my employer matches my donations, ensuring Back Up receives double the money when I donate – I only wish I’d done it sooner!


I first got involved with Back Up when I worked with them as part of our corporate social responsibility project.

Back Up is a great charity which helps to improve the lives of many people who are having a very hard time.

Payroll Giving was an easy way to donate and ensure that the maximum amount gets to Back Up.

Setting up a payroll donation was very easy with my company – I just used our web portal.


It was back in 1999 that my employers encouraged staff to assist as ‘buddies’ on Back Up residential courses as part of our development programme.

At the same time they promoted charity giving where they also matched contributions. This was arranged by my employers with me purely advising the amount to be deducted from my salary.

I’ve always held Back-up dear to my heart. I can vividly remember the impact the courses had on the participants.

People arrived lacking confidence and having trepidation with what lay ahead. But they left with confidence – not only in what they had undertaken but for the other challenges that lay ahead.

Are you an employer and want to introduce payroll giving in your workplace?

As an employer, having a scheme in place will show your commitment to corporate social responsibility and enhance your company’s image.

“Setting up our Payroll Giving scheme was so easy, and it really shows our commitment to supporting causes that are important to our employees. We definitely see it as a benefit we offer to our staff.”

Joan, Manager

If you’re an employer you can find out more by downloading our guide for employers below.


If you would like more information on payroll giving, please contact our Fundraising Manager, Janet, by email or call her on 020 8875 1805.