Over the last few weeks I’ve been inspired to see some innovative uses of contactless payment which illustrate how a ‘cashless’ society could also be a more giving society.
All of us have passed by the charity collection box with only a £10 note in our pocket, waving blithely and saying ‘sorry, no change!’ As we move to processing the majority of financial transactions via cards or online, we have less and less shrapnel kicking about our purses and wallets and the third sector can suffer.
Take a look at these inspiring images of contactless technology embedded in charity collection tins (@netsmith), sitting next to a busker (@verifone) or embedded into celebrity cut outs for Comic Relief (@spirepayments). This is payment technology at its best and a glimpse of the future which is heart-warming and full of hope.
For simplicity, each tap takes a set payment amount so charities can make it easy and relatively painless to make small donations, plus the giver knows for certain that the money will go direct to the charity and they have a record of the donation. In the long run, no doubt gift aid and the like will become standard add ons.
These initiatives may be cutting edge at the moment but it won’t be long before charities will be asking you to tap, rather than asking if you can spare any change.