Employers should do more around charity work

Just under half (43%) of respondents felt their employer should be doing more to help charities in their local community, according to research by fundraising platform Give as you Live.

Its Donor survey, which questioned more than 1,000 UK workers, found that 52% of respondents said their organisation does not have an official charity that it plans to support this year.

A regional breakdown of the findings found that half (50%) of Londoners felt their employer should be doing more to help, while employees in Northern Ireland (64%), the North East of England (56%), and Scotland (52%) are concerned their organisation is not doing enough for charity.

The research also found:

  • 41% of respondents have taken part in charity fundraising activities at work or with colleagues.
  • 39% of employees aged between 45 and 54, and 41% of employees aged between 25 and 44 have taken part in charitable fundraising, compared to 54% of employees aged between 16 and 24.
  • 21% of respondents are unsure if their employer offers a payroll-giving scheme.

Polly Gowers, founder and chief executive officer at Everyclick, the organisation behind Give as you Live, said, “It is sad that employees feel that charity giving in the workplace has taken a back seat.

“We understand that the downturn has meant organisations have changed the way they allocate resources. However, there are easy ways to encourage regular fundraising.

“In the digital age, corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives needn’t put pressure on people’s time, but should be seen as a way to increase employee commitment and morale.”