Charities will be able to accept cashless charity donations via collecting boxes and buckets because of a partnership between a collection box manufacturer and a cashless donation provider.
Thyngs’ cashless donation technology will be incorporated into collecting boxes and buckets manufactured by Angal, enabling charities to take card payments and Apple Pay donations as well as cash (Android Pay and PayPal will follow later this year).
The companies say the products will make it easier for supporters to donate any amount they choose using their smartphones, and will provide charities with Gift Aid declarations and the ability to remotely monitor the performance of each collecting box.
Angal manufactures collection boxes that are used by many of the largest UK charities, including Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie, the British Heart Foundation and Children in Need. They are also supplied to Tesco each year for the supermarket chain’s chosen national charity partner.
There will be additional costs for charities to absorb because products containing the Thyngs technology will cost a minimum of 60p more per unit, depending on the order volume. However, Thyngs, which takes a 2.5 per cent fee on each donation in addition to any card-processing costs taken by payment processors, says a single £1 donation made using the technology will cover that cost.
Lee Woodford, managing director of Angal, said: "Supporters simply scan or tap their mobile phones on our collecting boxes and can donate in less than 15 seconds. This ease of use was one of the key reasons we joined up with Thyngs."