Payroll Giving is a great way to make regular donations to the Scottish Wildlife Trust straight from your pay.

By giving to us regularly in this way, we automatically receive the tax you would have paid on the donation (your payroll department sorts this out for us). This means we don’t need to claim Gift Aid back on your gift – less admin for us, and no Direct Debit required from you!

Because donations are deducted from your gross pay (before tax is deducted) this gives immediate tax relief on donations and means it costs less for you to donate. It’s one of the most efficient ways for you to support the work of the Trust, especially if you’re a higher rate tax payer – some employers will even match your donation!

The table below gives some examples:


Your pledge As a 20% tax payer you pay As a 40% tax payer you pay As a 45% tax payer you pay Scottish Wildlife Trust receives
£5 £4 £3 £2.75 £5*
£10 £8 £6 £5.50 £10*
£50 £40 £30 £27.50 £50*
*These figures are dependent on whether your employer chooses to pay the 25p administration charge

Payroll Giving FAQs

Want to know more about payroll giving? Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

To start giving through your pay, simply complete our online form. Your employer will need to offer Payroll Giving, but even if you aren’t sure that they do, fill in the form anyway and we will let you know what to do next.

Or you can complete a mandate which is usually obtained from your payroll or HR department. Your employer will forward your completed form to their Payroll Giving Agency and deduct from your pre-tax salary the total amount you want to give. Your donation is then forwarded on to the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

If you wish, you can ask for your donation to remain anonymous. However, we would really like to thank you for your donations and tell you how they are being used to help Scotland’s wildlife via our magazine, Scottish Wildlife, which you will receive three times per year.

Any information you provide is protected under the Data Protection Act and can be used only for the purpose for which it was given. More information on data protection can be found here.

No, there’s no upper or lower limit, however we recommend a minimum donation of £5 gross per month.

Yes, by notifying your payroll department directly.

Payroll giving automatically stops when you leave your job, but we hope that you will continue to give to us at your next job. You will need to set this up again as your donation is not transferable.

Yes, but only a small one. Your employer will use a Payroll Giving Agent (like a charity bank) to distribute you and your colleagues’ monies. 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.

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