Australia is waking up to the power of workplace giving

Posted 26 June 2013

Australia is waking up to the power of workplace giving

New research released by the Centre for Social Impact and the Australian Charities Fund reveals clear evidence that employees involved in workplace giving programs feel more engaged and motivated towards their employer than those who aren't involved in workplace giving.

More than 4100 employees were part of the research, which also included 40 face-to-face interviews with chief executives and other senior personnel from a wide range of employers - large and small, government and private sector. Large private sector employers in the survey included Westpac, Telstra, Microsoft, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Amalgamated Holdings, BP Australia, Collins Foods, PwC, JB Hi-Fi and many more.

The Australian Charities Fund CEO, Edward Kerr, says the new, extensive report gives clear proof of the correlation between workplace giving and employees who have higher motivational levels and pride in their employer than those who are not donors.

He says the research is substantiated proof that workplace givers have higher levels of employee engagement, which many studies have shown enhances organisational outcomes. CEOs who took part in the survey highlighted employee engagement as their top objective for workplace giving.

34% of respondents to the survey were participants in their employer’s workplace giving program. Interestingly, 61% of the respondents said they were ‘interested’ in workplace giving, 5% indicated no interest. 

“These findings suggest significant, untapped, potential in the majority of employees not currently participating in a workplace giving program”, the report said. 

Edward Kerr says Australia is waking up to the power of workplace giving. Workplace giving - where employees give money or time to a charity through their workplace - is still in its infancy in Australia. Since 2002, almost $100 million has been donated to charities through Workplace Giving programs supported by The Australian Charities Fund. Download the Report

Workplace Giving is a highly effective way to drive employee engagement, improve organisational performance and make a difference in the community.

For more information about how your workplace can get involved, please contact Hands Across Canberra. One of our Board Members would gladly come to your workplace and speak about the benefits of starting a workplace giving program in your organisation. Let us know if you are interested via email to:

Download a brochure and discuss workplace giving in your tea room!

Download a Hands Across Canberra Workplace Giving Registration Form

Visit the Australian Tax Office website for Workplace Giving frequently asked questions




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