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Pennies from Heaven
"Pennies from Heaven" is a 1936 American popular song with music by Arthur Johnston and words by Johnny Burke. It was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1936 film of the same name. It was recorded in the same year by Billie Holiday and afterwards performed by Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Clark Terry, Frances Langford, Arthur Tracy, Big Joe Turner, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Stan Getz, Dean Martin, Gene Ammons, The Skyliners (a major hit in 1960), Louis Prima, Legion of Mary, Guy Mitchell, Rose Murphy, Harry James, and many other jazz and popular singers.
The July 24, 1936 recording by Bing Crosby on Decca Records topped the charts of the day for ten weeks in 1936 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Bing Crosby also recorded the song in a performance with Louis Armstrong and Frances Langford with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, also on Decca and issued as a 12" 78rpm recording. Crosby recorded the song again for his 1954 album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.
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Pennies from Heaven is a simple concept.
Employees net pay is rounded down to the nearest pound with the pennies donated to charity. Earn £850.34 then 34p is donated to charity. Charities are chosen by the employers mostly in conjunction with employees. The scheme can also be offered to pensioners. The most you can ever give is 99p every time you are paid.
If just 10% of the UK workforce signed up £24m would be raised for charity every year.
“…Let’s all do something little and together make a big difference to charities…”
Because donations are small all staff can be included in giving through pay. Pennies from Heaven is a way to give regularly, in a structured and tax efficient way to charities complimenting all other fundraising activities undertaken by staff.
Pennies from Heaven is the largest micro giving scheme for employees and pensioners in the UK. The team has 15 years experience in fundraising and to date the scheme has raised over 330,000,000 million pennies (February 2016) for over 265 charities. Major employers offering the scheme include Barclays, HSBC, Cadbury Schweppes, Lloyds Pharmacy, LV=, Palmer and Harvey, Skandia Life, TNT, Smiths News, WHSmith, many UK Councils and many Trusts from the largest UK employer the NHS.
Despite tough economic conditions the scheme continues to buck the trend in charitable giving:
More companies joining – 70% increase in companies offering Pennies from Heaven in the last 4 years.
More money raised – 56% increase in donations 2009-2012.
Fast processing – 80% of donations received by the charities within 30 days.
More employees joining –56% increase in employees taking part in the last four years.
Popular with staff – five times more popular than payroll giving.
100% of donations via PFH are eligible for Gift Aid (subject to declaration)
No fees to charities.
“Everyone gives a little but together the team makes a big difference to a charity that matters to them”
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