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Charitable payroll giving


Provider: University of Birmingham, Bell Fundraising

Eligibility: All staff

When you can start/stop this benefit: Anytime

How you enrol: Please see 'How to enrol' below

Further information: See below

Further Information

You can support life-saving or life-changing projects right here on campus by making a gift to the University’s fundraising campaign via payroll. Whether you want to fight cancer or encourage the next generation of graduates, every penny of your gift will be used towards your chosen project. For more information and for other ways to get involved, please e-mail Alumni Relations or visit their website.

Alternatively, you can donate to other charities through payroll giving managed by Bell Fundraising. The donation comes from your pay each month before income tax.  You choose the charity or charity consortium you wish to donate to and the amount you wish to give and the rest is done for you. Your donation comes from your pay each month before income tax. For example, a gift of £5 will cost a lower rate tax payer only £4 of their take-home salary and a higher rate tax payer just £3 of their take-home salary. There is a minimum contribution of £1 a month.

How to enrol

Donate to life saving or life changing projects on campus via payroll by completing the University’s Give as You Earn Form(using University of Birmingham as the charity name) and returning it to the Payroll Office. From Core HR go live in June 2019 you can complete this form on Core HR Employee Self Serve > Benefits. Once complete, please inform the Development Office about your gift and which project you would like to support. For more information and for other ways to get involved, please email Alumni Relations,, or visit the Alumni Relations website.

Alternatively, to donate to other charities, please use the online Bell Fundraising form at University has appointed Bell Fundraising to promote and arrange such donations. 

Who is Bell Fundraising?

Bell Fundraising is a Kent-based fundraising company employed by consortiums of charities working together to help each other, ensuring that some of the smaller charities get their fair share. Bell works to raise awareness of this concept through payroll giving.

Via Bell which charities can I give to?

If you have a favourite charity, you can donate to them through payroll giving. Bell Fundraising also have groups of charities you can donate to if you can't decide on one charity.

If you specifically ask to do so on the Bell form, you can give money to projects at the University, but they will take a percentage cut of the gift.  By giving directly through payroll (as outlined under How to enrol above), 100% of the gift will reach the University's projects.  

Will Bell get a percentage of my donation?

No money is taken direct from donations made either to the consortia or to individual charities. The consortia employ Bell to be their public face, essentially as an out-sourced fundraising department. Salaries are paid monthly and kept entirely separate from donations. Therefore, Bell does not receive any proportion of the donation itself. 

When can I make changes to this benefit

You can start or stop payroll giving at any time. To stop supporting projects on campus, please contact Finance Paryoll at To stop Bell payroll giving, please contact Bell at:  
T: +44 (0)1227 375363

Related links

Give As You Live - support the University by shopping online

University alumni giving page 


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