Workplace charity – $78M donated

Employee giving in the workplace in the United Kingdom grew to 37 million pounds ($78.3 million) in the year ended April 1, up from 37 million pounds a year earlier, the government says.

Nearly 1,500 employers employing 680,000 employees set up workplace giving programs for the first time in the face of a government campaign to boost payroll donations.

The government has set a goal of 60 million pounds ($85.4 million) in workplace giving by April 2003.

In April 2000, the government ended the annual ceiling of 1,200 pounds ($1,700) that an individual could give.

Now, roughly 6,500 employees are giving more, with many making large donations from company bonuses.

“I am delighted that the benefits of supporting charities through regular payroll giving are being recognized by more employers and their staff,” Melanie Johnson, economic secretary to the Treasury, said in a statement.

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