CAF Give As You Earn - frequently asked questions
How do I make a change to my CAF Give As You Earn
To make changes to your CAF Give As You Earn donation, including
amending the amount you give, changing the charity you donate to or
adding a one-off donation, complete the same Donor Instruction Form you used
to register for CAF Give As You Earn. This form should then be
submitted to us and to your payroll department.
Find out where to send the Donor Instruction
Is tax reclaimed on my CAF Give As You Earn donation?
The donation is made from your gross pay, ie before you pay any
tax, so there's no need to reclaim tax on a CAF Give As You Earn
donation. The donation lands straight in the charity’s bank account
free of tax.
Which organisations can I donate to?
You can donate to the UK charitable organisation of your choice
– both registered and unregistered charities are eligible for
donations. You can also give to any organisation recognised by HMRC
as charitable. This includes:
- health authorities
- hospitals (not private)
- Scout and Girl Guide groups
- universities and schools
- Parent Teacher Associations
- community groups
If you need some inspiration, our Charity Search can help.
Do I have to give to the same charity every month? What happens
if I want to respond to an emergency appeal?
If you don’t want to elect a charity in advance you can open a
Account. You can transfer a tax-free amount each month into the
account and then make a donation from your account whenever you
want, using your CAF Voucher Book, CAF CharityCard or online. It is
also possible to make one-off donations to charity through CAF Give
As You Earn simply by completing a new Donor Instruction Form.
Is there any limit to the size of donation I can give through
There is no limit to how much you can donate through CAF Give As
You Earn. There's also no official minimum for direct donations,
but we usually recommend that you give at least £5 a month. If you
open a CAF Charity Account you must top up a minimum of £10 a month
or £120 a year.
Why hasn’t my charity received my donation?
We send donations to charities on or around the 22nd of
each month. Due to the time it takes to process all donations these
payments cover all funds deducted from your salary the previous
month. So if you make a donation to charity from your January
salary, the charity will receive your donation on or after the 22
Donations can be delayed if your employer doesn't provide us with
the necessary report and funds by the end of the calendar month in
which the deductions are made.
Will the charity know I have donated to them?
CAF Give As You Earn donations are disbursed in total via Bacs
to the charity’s bank account quoting a CAF Give As You Earn
reference number only.
Charities can opt to receive a CAF Give As You Earn disbursement
statement from us, showing the breakdown of payments received each
month from individual donors. Your name and donation will appear
unless you have opted to remain anonymous.
I've pledged to give £5 per month from my salary to my charity
of choice. Why don’t they receive exactly £5?
We deduct a 4% administration fee from each donation (up to a
total of £10 per donation), unless your employer opts to pay this
on your behalf. Find out more about our fees.