Workplace giving is a great way to support Grow a Star. Also known as payroll giving, this program allows staff to donate a portion of their pre-tax salary, which companies can then match to double the impact.
By signing up to support Grow a Star through workplace giving, you'll be helping to improve the lives young people in our region to realise their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
Your contribution no matter how big or small has an impact.
Setting up donations
There are two ways you can set up Workplace Giving for your organisation:
1. Third party platform
Using a platform provides an easy to navigate and streamlined process for your payroll team and staff. Grow a Star is currently registered with Benojo.
You can click here to see our profile.
This platform specialises in helping employers to develop effective Workplace Giving programs. It manages the administration requirements, reducing the burden on your organisation and helping your staff connect with and support the causes that matter to them. Staff are able to create accounts, choose a charity and donation amount and manage their contributions themselves. The use of a third-party platform does however incur a fee, unlike bank transfers.
2. Bank Transfer
You can set up your Workplace Giving program internally through regular bank transfers that coincide with your pay cycle. For assistance with this, we suggest visiting the ATO website, or Workplace Giving Australia. Paying via bank transfer means that you don’t have to worry about fees incurred by third party platforms.
In order to set up a bank transfer, please fill out the enquiry form below. Once you have completed the form, we will be in touch with our deposit details.
To set up workplace giving at your organisation, all you need to do is set up payroll donations and then encourage your staff to sign up.
If you are an employee wondering how you can sign up or get your workplace on board, we recommend speaking to your HR or Payroll team.
If your organisation does not already have a program set up, you can refer them to the information provided above.
Once you’ve chosen a Workplace Giving solution that is right for you, it’s then all about getting your staff excited and involved. The following are a few ideas to help get employees to use Workplace Giving – but it starts with ensuring they know why you’re starting a workplace giving program and how it fits in with your business.
Find shared causes to support
Ask staff about what’s important to them and see what matches your company’s priorities. Build engagement by involving staff in choosing the organisations to which they can donate and deciding how best to promote the program.
Get senior leaders on board: Encourage senior leaders to lead by example, and to share what they are doing with their teams.
The more groups that you appeal to, the more likely you are to attract employee donors. Ideally choose ones which reflect your company’s interests and those of your staff – it could be homelessness, drought relief, disaster recovery, cancer research, or preserving cultural heritage.
Communicate regularly about the workplace giving options
Many workplaces put the system in place and other than just one line in a letter of offer and a page on the intranet, it isn’t mentioned again. So make sure you remind people about it regularly.
While emails, posters and intranet posts are great, they don’t replace a personal request to get involved by a program committee member or a representative from the charity partners.
Share the impact
Employees want to know where and how funds are used: Encourage your staff to do more than just donate money. Encourage them to donate time and skills too. And get them to share and tell their stories.
Invite employees to give
People won’t sign up if they don’t know it’s there. Ensure that employees actually get the form in their hands and know about the difference Workplace Giving can make. Have a designated contact in each department / team, or on each floor, who can talk about it.
Everyone likes to be thanked for what they give, so make sure that there are company-wide and personalised communications to say thank you.
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