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Fuelling futures, month by month: how Payroll Giving powers Action Tutoring

5 February 2024

Payroll Giving Month February 2024 #PayrollGivingMonth

Every February, charities, Payroll Giving agencies, professional funding organisations, and companies come together to raise awareness of Payroll Giving.

Payroll Giving (sometimes known as Give as You Earn) is an easy and tax-efficient way of making regular donations to your favourite charities straight from your gross pay. There are many benefits to this form of giving, and at Action Tutoring, we advocate it as an efficient and effortless way to support our mission and help us tackle the attainment gap head-on. Read on to learn about Payroll Giving and how you can set it up in three simple steps!

Impactful giving

Supporting Action Tutoring through payroll giving allows us to continue our vital work across the country, supporting over 5,700 pupils to achieve their dreams. We believe that disadvantaged pupils do not lack the drive or ambition, but the resources to help them succeed academically. A steady donation stream coming in monthly allows us to plan ahead with this vital work, and a seemingly small monthly contribution can add up to make a real difference in a child’s life.  

£5 a month could provide online tutor training for a volunteer tutor

and £10 a month could provide a high quality workbook for a face-to-face pupil.

Image of a tutor and pupil at an Action Tutoring

Convenience and ease

Donating to Action Tutoring by a Payroll Giving Scheme is super easy and convenient! Donations are taken straight from your gross salary (before your tax is deducted) which provides you with immediate tax relief on your donations. 

Depending on your individual tax situation, you could receive tax relief on each one of your donations. Take the example of a high tax rate such as 40% to begin: on a £20 pledge you could reclaim £8 from your tax bill, effectively reducing your net contribution to £12. With Payroll Giving, regardless of whether your tax situation is higher (45% allows £9 tax relief from £20) or lower (20% allows £4 tax relief from £20), your donation will go further at less of a cost to you.

Image of a smiling tutor and pupil in an Action Tutoring session

Set up Payroll Giving today!

You can set up payroll giving by following these three easy steps.

  1. Check your employer is signed up to a Payroll Giving Agency, like the Charities Aid Foundation.
  2. Ask your payroll team to set you up on payroll giving. It’s as simple as ticking a box on your payroll system!
  3. Choose Action Tutoring as your charity of choice and set the amount you want to give each payday. No matter how big or small, your donation will make a difference.

Please share this with others too, by resharing the blog on social media and engaging with our content about Payroll Giving this month on Action Tutoring’s social media platforms, using the hashtag #PayrollGivingMonth.

Image showing how much a contribution can do for Action Tutoring. Pupil workbook = £5.99, Headphones for online learning = £25, Online training for 20 volunteer tutors = £62, 1 year of face to face tutoring for a pupil = £391
What difference can your donation make?

“Payroll Giving is a great way to support Action Tutoring. These donations enable us to plan ahead with our vital work. It’s a really effortless way for employees to donate to us and helps us reach more disadvantaged pupils that need our support to achieve their dreams”

Hannah O’Neill, Head of Philanthropy

Donating to children’s charities: A vital investment for a better future

16 November 2023

Supporting causes that improve the lives of children and young people has a positive domino effect on their future life outcomes

There has been a 15% drop in people listing ‘children and young people’ as their favourite cause, as compared to a decade ago. This distressing news has been shared in a new report by nfpResearch in Charity Times. More alarmingly, it mentioned the decrease in favouritism for children’s causes may continue to dip.

Children and young people are one of the most vulnerable populations in society. In recent years, they’ve had to navigate unprecedented challenges of pandemic disruption to their education and rising cost of living. Yet, there appears to be diminishing support for children’s charities and the appetite for giving to related causes to improve the lives and outcomes of children.

Addressing the needs of children

Children’s charities tirelessly strive to provide essential resources – shelter, sustenance, educational support, and mental health assistance – to children in dire need. These causes serve as the poignant reminders of the stark realities faced by many children. They need the collective, national support and compassion by keeping the causes running in the best interest of every child, especially the disadvantaged.

Investing in children’s charities goes beyond philanthropy; it is a tangible investment in realising the boundless and infinite potential of the most innocent and marginalised among us to attain a more promising future.

The domino effect

The impact of support for children’s charities extends far beyond immediate assistance. Take the work we do at Action Tutoring for example – by equipping pupils with subject knowledge, confidence, and resilience through tutoring, we set them on a trajectory for greater lifetime success and increased potential earnings.

Statistics indicate that without passing SATs, only 28% of pupils attain national standards at the GCSE level, significantly limiting their future opportunities. Supporting charities like Action Tutoring offers underperforming and disadvantaged pupils the key to access opportunities that not only strengthen the UK economy but also cultivate a more productive workforce.

Pupils solve maths questions in a tutoring session to improve their subject knowledge and confidence

Additionally, with maths and English GCSE pass grades, young people extend their lifetime earnings which also has a positive effect on their physical and mental health in later life.

The aforementioned impact of access to better educational resources speaks to only one facet by which children’s charities can impact the lives of young people and their future. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been multifaceted and attacked the many vulnerabilities faced by children and young people all across the country. Supporting charities addressing their needs not only alleviates economic burdens on society but also represents an investment in a self-sustaining and prosperous future.

Consider the crucial work and profound impact of young people’s charities like Action Tutoring, who are dedicated to dismantling the chains of disadvantage that can reduce a child’s life chances.

How to help us

With Action Tutoring, your support can come in the form of volunteering as a tutor for an hour a week, making a donation, helping to fundraise, or advocating for better policies to support the disadvantaged young people we serve. 

By donating as little as £6, you can provide one of our pupils with a workbook to help them build critical maths skills. Alternatively, donating just one hour per week of your time can profoundly impact a child’s grades ahead of their life-changing exams.

Children and young people need your support today more than ever. Renew your love for causes that impact their lives to help break the cycles of disadvantage that children are often born into.

Could you make your gift go further? #TickTheBox

5 October 2023

Could you help us make £1.25 out of £1 by ticking the box for Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. When a UK taxpayer makes a donation to a charity, that charity is eligible to receive an additional 25% of the donated amount. 

The arrangement serves as a tax relief mechanism benefiting charities in the UK, ultimately boosting contributions without any additional cost to the donor.

What is Gift Aid awareness day?

5th of October each year is Gift Aid Awareness Day. This is an initiative run by the Charity Finance Group to raise awareness of the importance of Gift Aid.

Why you should #TickTheBox

Action Tutoring is registered for Gift Aid, allowing us to claim an extra 25% on every donation from His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). But this is only possible when donors tick the Gift Aid box. 

If you are eligible for Gift Aid and can tick the box, your donation could go even further. Gift Aid can add up to substantial amounts and really makes a difference at Action Tutoring and to the lives of the young people we support.

“When you #TickTheBox, we get an extra 25% donation at absolutely no cost to the donor. If you do pay tax, it’s such an easy way to support your charity of choice without any extra effort. It helps us to do more of the great things we already do! I always #TickTheBox when I donate to any cause I care about. As a fundraiser, I know what a difference it makes to charities,”

Hannah O’Neill, Head of Philanthropy at Action Tutoring
Watch this video to learn more about Gift Aid Awareness Day

Donating to Action Tutoring with JustGiving

You can donate to Action Tutoring through JustGiving. After you have entered your donation amount and confirmed that the donation is your own money, you will be asked to add Gift Aid and tick the box.

Donating to Action Tutoring by bank transfer

If you are donating via bank transfer, or have a direct debit with us and would like to add Gift Aid, it’s really simple.

Just reach out to our Fundraising Coordinator, Molly, on molly.cottrill@actiontutoring.org.uk, to ask for a Gift Aid Declaration form, which only takes a couple of minutes to fill out.

Tutoring session - tick the box

Thank you for your donations and support

Your support for Action Tutoring is invaluable and we couldn’t provide our vital tutoring service without you. Gift Aid can make your support go further, allowing us to help more disadvantaged young people to reach their academic potential.

“We use the extra donations to support our pupils even further. Donations and Gift Aid help us provide more pupils with workbooks, headphones and access to our online classroom, with every high-quality tutoring session moving them closer to success in key exams,”

Hannah O’Neill, Head of Philanthropy at Action Tutoring

If you cannot add Gift Aid, your donation still creates a lasting impact, and we value every contribution you can make.

Please refer to this link for more government guidance on Gift Aid eligibility and conditions.