June is Workplace Giving month and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is encouraging all companies and corporate organisations to take this opportunity and establish a Workplace Giving program in support of cancer research.
Workplace Giving allows employees to make charity donations regularly through their employer’s payroll system. Part of the appeal of Workplace Giving is that the donations are deducted from an employee’s pre-tax salary – so staff members receive an immediate tax-benefit and many hardly notice the difference in their pay! Employers can also choose to match employee donations or to make one-off corporate charity donations, giving every employee contribution even more value in the fight against cancer.
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One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be affected by cancer before the age of 85. Workplace Giving is a simple way for working Australians to make a big difference to cancer research.
Only 1% of Australian employees now donate to charity through Workplace Giving. That’s considerably lower than in other developed economies. However if just 10% of working Australians made a tax deductible donation of $5 each week, their contributions would amount to $260 million each year.
At the ACRF, we will be holding Workplace Giving / Corporate Networking events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in June. When you sign up using the link above, we will be sure to send you your exclusive invitation.
It might also be a good idea to hold your own Workplace Giving seminar or expo to encourage your employees or colleagues to know more about charity giving in the workplace.
To inspire your employees or colleagues to participate in Workplace Giving for cancer research, the ACRF has compiled a selection of materials for you to download. Simply click on the folder icon below to access our Workplace Giving collateral kit.