For the first time Australian employers will be able to benchmark the progress of their workplace giving program against other employers across the nation with the launch of an online reporting tool.

The online reporting tool has been launched as part of the One Million Donors campaign to see one million Australians giving through the workplace by 2020.

The tool, which has been described as an important advancement for corporate philanthropy was launched as part of Workplace Giving Month by Richard Murray, CEO of JB Hi-Fi, Dr Lisa O’Brien CEO of The Smith Family and Jenny Geddes, CEO of The Australian Charities Fund.

“For the first time, this new online platform allows employers to benchmark the progress of their workplace giving program against other employers across the nation,” Murray said.

“This is a huge step forward for employers who want to immediately see how staff are contributing and to measure the collective social impact effort of employee giving.

“June is also significant for JB Hi-Fi reaching $10 million in donations through its workplace giving program, Helping Hands.

“Workplace giving is the right thing to do. Not only does it provide much needed cash to our charity partners, but it has also done great things for the JB Hi-Fi culture. I want our staff to feel part of JB Hi-Fi, and workplace giving ticks so many boxes around engagement, morale and culture. It really anchors how we communicate with our employees.

“By registering on the site, employers can learn everything there is to know about workplace giving. The free reporting tool is an excellent way to understand how your business is tracking in this area against others.”

O’Brien said donations from workplace givers were a great source of funding.

“Small regular gifts have a cumulative effect. It is this type of regular giving that helps to build a sustainable funding base for charities,” O’Brien said.

“I urge business leaders to get behind One Million Donors and help their employees donate to charity in in the most cost effective and efficient way.”

Geddes from Australian Charities Fund said workplace giving was a win-win for businesses, employees and charities alike with working Australians able to make small, regular donations to charity from their pay.

“For employers, workplace giving is a great way to not only contribute to charity, but also meet the expectation of their staff in terms of what they are looking for in a leading employer. This is a unique opportunity for all businesses, both big and small,” Geddes said.

“Since 2002, workplace giving has raised over a quarter of a billion dollars of new funding for charities. Our next milestone is to see donations from one million working Australians by 2020; which would create an additional donation flow of $250 million each year for community.”
Source: Probono Australia, 1st June 2016

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