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Give As You Earn

The University partners the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) to offer Give As You Earn (GAYE), a payroll giving scheme which enables employees to give to UK charities, straight from their pre-tax salary. All UK registered charities can be supported, as well as organisations recognised by HMRC as a charitable company.


  • You must be a salaried member of the University of Strathclyde, with a staff number, i.e. have a contract of employment issued from Human Resources;
  • You must be a UK resident taxpayer and your earnings should not fall below the National Minimum Wage if you were to participate.

How does it Work?

Donations made to charity through CAF Give As you Earn are taken from your pay after your National Insurance contributions are removed but before Income Tax is calculated and deducted.

This means:

  • Your tax is calculated on a lower amount; this could change your tax bracket and lower the amount of tax you pay;
  • You get tax relief on your donation immediately, at your highest rate of tax, and you can pass this benefit onto charity.

How is it calculated?

Making a £20 donation to charity would work as follows:

As a 20% taxpayer:                                                               As a 40% taxpayer:
Total donated to charity £20.00                                  Total donated to charity £20.00
You pay £16.00                                                                         You pay £12.00
Reduction in tax £4.00                                                      Reduction in tax £8.00

What do I need to do?

  • Before proceeding, please have your National Insurance Number and Employee Number (found on your payslip) to hand;
  • Go to CAF Give As You Earn and click Start giving now;
  • Select either I'd like to give straight to charity or  I'd like to donate into a charity account;
  • Select the appropriate donor option.  If you do not already have a CAF account, select I am a New Donor;
  • Type in University of Strathclyde in the Charity name box;
  • Enter your Donation information;
  • Please type in 'Alumni Fund' in the Additional information to charity box;
  • Select Continue to your details;
  • When finished, select Submit my donation(s);
  • Once submitted, your donation will be automatically deducted from your Strathclyde salary by payroll.  Submission on or before the 15th of the month will be deducted from that month's salary;
  • Email us at alumni@strath.ac.uk, including  your name and donation amount, advising that you have donated via CAF.