NASS does not receive any government funding and relies solely on donations from its members and supporters to carry out the work it does for people affected by ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
We know that many companies support and encourage their employees' fundraising efforts. Here are someways that you and your company can help NASS to keep doing more for people with AS.
Give as you earn
Various companies operate payroll giving programmes, such as Give As You Earn, that make it easy to donate on a regular basis. There is a tax advantage to the employee as the donation is withdrawn before you pay tax. Ask your payroll supervisor or accounts department if your organisation has set up a payroll giving programme. If they don't have one there is useful information on how to set one up on the Payroll Centre website at www.payrollgivingcentre.org.uk.
Many companies offer matched funding schemes, matching pound for pound the money you raise through events and activities that you organise such as cake sales and sporting event. Ask your company today to support your fundraising for NASS or if you would like to organise an event at work and need some materials or help please get in touch by phone on 020 8948 9117 or by email to Jill Hamilton. Why not enter a work team into one of next year's NASS challenge events? If your company does not operate a matched giving scheme there is useful information on the Charities Aid Foundation website www.cafonline.org on setting up a scheme. There are tax advantages too. Companies don't have to pay Corporation Tax on the money they use to match employee giving but more importantly, matched giving boosts morale, encourages team building, raises the company's profile and generates positive PR.
Charity of the Month or Year & Corporate Donations
Many companies, if they are asked, will often make a corporate donation to support the causes that affect their employees. Working at Height's Managing Director, Ottie Whittle, has been a NASS member for many years and chose NASS as his charity of the year for 2012. Leon Wheeler, through his company, ICC, has donated a laptop for our Christmas Raffle and Amanda Hanley by Design is supporting NASS throughout 2012 by raising awareness of NASS at every opportunity. Every donation makes a big difference to the work we can do for people with AS.
In Kind Support
Some companies may prefer to give your time or their services free of charge rather than make a financial contribution. Volunteering for NASS by way of administrative help would be very welcome and other services that NASS could benefit from include print design and/or production, PR services or corporate give-aways. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if there is a product or service that your company could offer.