Lockdown might have slowed down a lot of things, but here at Sprechen it rapidly accelerated the growth of a project very dear to our hearts.
Sprechen has been heavily involved with fundraising projects for over a decade, and so it was a natural progression to develop Donater – A platform designed to make a difference to those in need by enabling charitable organisations to accept digital donations.
As a society we’ve been moving towards cashless transactions for a while, and the pandemic has only sped this up. People are now actively encouraged to use contactless means of payment wherever possible, whether that be via card or with their smartphone.
With the increase in contactless payments, comes the decrease in cash donations. If people aren’t paying by cash, then they don’t have loose change to drop into a donation box.
That’s where Donater comes in. It’s imperative that charitable organisations start taking donations digitally, especially at this time. Donater Smart Stickers turn a traditional donation box into a digital way of taking donations – And this is exactly what local organisation Winchester BID have done for their Spare Change for Lasting Change initiative. We are proud and delighted to be working alongside them on this scheme through the technology we’ve developed for Donater.
What is the Spare Change for Lasting Change Initiative?
This scheme launched on World Homelessness Day and enables people to donate money to two local charities who are committed to tackling homelessness. The majority of people are inherently kind and generous, and it’s difficult to walk past a person on the street asking for money when you know that you could give them a few coins and make sure that they get a hot drink and maybe a sandwich.
Unfortunately, however, by giving directly to the person who is begging, you may be hindering the chance for positive change. It may well enable them to buy a coffee and some food, but it also helps to increase their dependency on begging and decreasing the likelihood of that person engaging with support services.
This support service is just what Trinity Winchester and Winchester Churches Nightshelter offer people facing homelessness in our city. The Spare Change for Lasting Change initiative gives people who want to give money, the opportunity to do so directly.
How does Donater help this scheme to fundraise?
Spare Change for Lasting Change have donation boxes in cafes, pubs and businesses across Winchester city centre, ready to receive donations – Now both in cash as well as digitally.
The aim is not to replace cash donations – But to make donating easy and accessible to all potential donors. Donater Smart Stickers are an easy way to convert your donation boxes into a digital means of fundraising. The Stickers have a QR code and NFC tag, so anyone with a smart phone can tap or scan the sticker and be taken straight to the donation page.
How can the donor pay?
Once the donor lands on the Donater donation page, they can then choose to pay with one of the following options:
- Apple Pay
- Google Pay
- Entering their bank details
As we said earlier, people do want to give – We just need to make sure that we are giving them easy opportunities to do so. These Smart Stickers on the Spare Change for Lasting Change donation boxes are a fantastic step in digital fundraising and will hopefully secure more money for these two brilliant local charities.
Want to know more?
You can find out more information on the charities mentioned in this blog and the amazing work they do by clicking on the websites below:
Spare Change for Lasting Change – https://winchestersparechange.uk/
Trinity Winchester – http://trinitywinchester.org.uk/
Winchester Churches Nightshelter - https://wcns.org.uk/