Charity rolls out contactless donation boxes

Charity rolls out contactless donation boxes

Mary's Meals, a Scottish charity that works to feed hungry children around the world, is taking the donation box digital, placing terminals at cafe checkouts where diners can contribute 30 pence to the cause by tapping their contactless cards.

The charity is piloting the new NFC-enabled boxes in cafes across England, hoping that the locations will draw a powerful connection with its cause.

Mary's Meals, which helps feed 1.1 million children in places like Malawi, Liberia, India and Haiti, says that 30 pence is enough to provide the world's poorest kids with five meals.

James Wood from Earnest Labs, which created the boxes, says: "While there has been a 306.8 per cent increase in contactless payments in the UK over the last year, we think it’s about time the world of donations moved on from change in a bucket and being hassled while you do your shopping."

Alan Brown, executive director, Mary’s Meals UK, adds: "This innovation uses some of today’s best technology to allow people with busy lives to make a real difference in the world without having to set aside time to do it.

Comments: (3)

Clare Hodgson
Clare Hodgson - Coventry Building Society - Coventry 10 May, 2016, 09:57Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Is there a means of making the donation eligible for gift aid, to maximise the amount the charity receives?

It is a fabulous charity, by the way!

Robin Setty
Robin Setty - ACI Worldwide (EMEA) Limited - Watford 10 May, 2016, 10:40Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

This is important.  I'm sure that I'm not alone in thinking that ad hoc charity donations are at risk of a sharp decline as folk start to carry less cash in their pockets.  It's all about ease of payment and of course convincing the man/woman in the street that the terminal is legitimat

Hitesh Thakkar
Hitesh Thakkar - SME - Fintech startups (APAC and Africa) - India 12 May, 2016, 16:38Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Few thing to appriciate about this box - 

1. It's offline box does not need network. 2. Fully PCI compliant 3. NFC Contactless

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