In a cashless world, fundraisers asking for cash donations or selling raffle tickets are increasingly confronted by an apologetic public who no longer carry coins or notes in their wallet.
Yet without the help of generous individuals, many of these charity organisations would cease to exist, and so would the support they offer to countless people and causes in need.
Enter tap and go fundraising: an ingenious device created by banks that makes it easy for folks to donate simply by tapping their debit or credit card.
Chloe Heath, Branch Manager at Curtin Community Bank® branch of Bendigo Bank, says the nifty wireless facilities have become very popular for charities right across Canberra, and help them get the donations they need.
“We have a number of the tap and go fundraising devices that we can loan to charities for one off events, or they can discuss ordering a permanent facility just for their organisation.
“It’s so much easier for them not to have to worry about asking for cash, or walking around with large sums of cash – everything just goes straight into the organisation’s bank account.”
The tap and go system works like a normal merchant facility, and can be programmed via a mobile phone (using any network – 3G, 4G or Wi Fi) to take donations from $2 and up. The amount can be quickly and easily changed if someone wishes to donate more, and the donator only needs to tap their card, phone or apple watch to make a payment.
“When an organisation wants to use the device, we’ll show them how to turn it on and program it. It’s very user friendly. Essentially, it just gives the fundraising team an opportunity to reach everybody, and potentially raise a lot more money than they would without it. There’s also less risk than carrying cash, and it’s faster than traditional methods which usually involve taking bucket loads of coins into a branch to be processed and deposited into the account.”
Martin Fisk, CEO of Menslink, says that they have used the tap and go donation device at many of their events, with great success.
“We use it to collect donations for people who might not have cash. We also used it at our recent Big Night Out event to take money for selling raffle tickets in place of cash. The device is mobile, so we can easily walk around a room collecting donations and payments up to $100.
“It goes straight into the account…it’s just fantastic.”
To learn more about the new tap and go fundraising device, or to secure one for your next fundraising event, call Chloe at Curtin Community Bank on 6260 5140.