Give As You Earn

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Give As You Earn is a tax-efficient way for individuals to give regularly to charity either, through payroll or a pension provider.


Anyone can join Give As You Earn if their pay or pension is taxed through PAYE and their employer offers a scheme.

The Carnegie Trust is registered with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) which manages a Give as you Earn Scheme. Through the CAF you can pay your donation directly into our charity account.

Giving as you earn is tax free and simple to set up. You give directly from your pre-tax salary, so you are only taxed on the balance of your salary once the deduction for your charity contribution has been made.

You decide how much you want to give each month. If you pledge £10 from your gross salary each month, it will only cost you £8.00, and even less if you pay a higher rate of tax.

This means an increase in value and impact for the Carnegie Trust.

Give as You Earn makes a deduction of between 0% and 4% from your contribution to cover the cost of administration, depending on the method by which you choose to give.

If you are interested in starting regular donations directly from pay or for more information then please click on the following link or check with the Human Resources Department at your place of work.

Pension benefits

You can also nominate the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland as a beneficiary in your pension or SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension).

If your personal pension provider runs a Payroll Giving scheme, you can donate straight from your wages or pension. This happens before tax is deducted from your income. Please speak to your pension provider to nominate the Trust.

Learn more on donating through your pension provider.

Professor John W Sawkins, Deputy Principal (Learning and Teaching), Pro-Vice-Chancellor Heriot-Watt University, Carnegie Alumni

I decided to undertake my PhD as I had a desire to follow an academic career and spend time researching an area of interest to me (the economics of the water industry).  The experience was intellectually challenging and rewarding. Challenging as I acquired and deployed new quantitative and qualitative research skills. Rewarding as the research enabled me to work with a diverse range of stakeholders in developing an understanding of the legal, regulatory and economic context within which firms in the industry operated. The skills I acquired have proved invaluable throughout my career.

Professor Sawkins received his PhD Scholarship from the Carnegie Trust and is a regular Donor and Supporter.

Jessica Leary, PhD Scholar in Music at Royal Conservatiore of Scotland

My doctoral research builds directly upon my experiences as a professional freelance opera singer working regularly in the UK and abroad. Alongside my engagements as part of full ‘mainstage’ productions and formal concert hall settings, a substantial portion of my work as a singer has been with the education and outreach departments of key organisations in the UK.  This work has been hugely rewarding from my perspective, but it has also opened up questions in my mind as to the specific challenges and rewards of this type of work in relation to conventional ‘mainstage performance’ work.  Ultimately, I am keen to gain a deeper understanding into the specific challenges and rewards of this type of work with a view to the final insights potentially informing the future training of singers and their real-life experiences of working in outreach.

Leave a gift in your will

Legacies play a crucial part in helping the Trust meet its objectives.

Read more about leaving a gift in your will