Frequently asked questions
We answer some of the common questions that you may have about donating to Marie Curie through Payroll Giving.
If you can't find the answer you are looking for then please contact us.
How does Payroll Giving work?
It’s very easy. Email us and we'll make sure that your company operates a scheme that allows you to give to us straight from your pay and we notify your Payroll Department that you would like to set up a regular donation to us in this way.
If your company does not operate the scheme, then we will contact you to let you know.
Can I give to more than one charity
Yes, you can donate to as many causes as you like as long as they are charities registered in the UK.
Is there a minimum donation?
No, there is no upper or lower limit. However, we recommend that you give at least £5 per month.
When will my first donation be deducted?
Your first Payroll Giving contribution is made on your next pay day. However, if you are signing up towards the end of the month – after your employer’s payroll has been processed – your first contribution will be made the following pay day.
How is Payroll Giving different to donating via Direct Debit (and including Gift Aid)?
Payroll Giving is taken straight from your gross (pre-tax) pay so there is no need for us to claim any tax back through Gift Aid, which saves us additional admin costs. If you are a 40% or 45% taxpayer, Payroll Giving is the only way we can automatically receive all your tax on a donation.
Can I stop giving when I want?
Yes. All you have to do to stop or change your donation is to directly notify your payroll department.
What happens to my Payroll Giving donation when I leave this job?
Your Payroll Giving donation automatically stops when you leave your job. It's easy to start giving through the scheme again. Simply contact the payroll department at your new workplace.
Is there an administration fee?
Yes, but only a small one. Your employer will use a Payroll Giving Agent (like a charity bank) to distribute the donations that you and your colleagues make. The Payroll Giving Agents are charities that need to make a small charge to cover their operating costs. Some employers pay this fee on your behalf so we receive your full donation.
If your employer doesn’t pay the fee, the Payroll Giving Agent will deduct it from your donation before passing it on to us. This will be between 2% and 4%. This compares favourably against the admin costs of claiming Gift Aid on a Direct Debit donation.
How do I know that you have received my donation?
Your donation is very important to us and we will write to thank you. We may also send you updates on our work if you have indicated that you are happy to receive these. You will know the deduction has started as it will appear on your payslip.
I pay higher rate tax at 40% or 45%. How does this affect my donation?
You will receive tax relief at the highest rate of tax you pay.
Do I need to Gift Aid my donation?
Payroll Giving is taken straight from your gross (pre-tax) pay so there is no need for us to choose to claim the tax back through Gift Aid – saving us admin costs.
If you are a 40% or 45% taxpayer, Payroll Giving is the only way we can automatically receive all your tax on a donation.
Can I still give through my pension?
Yes. If you receive an occupational pension and your pension provider deducts tax through the PAYE system, you are still eligible for the scheme. Simply ask your occupational pension provider to make a donation from your pension before tax has been deducted.