Mind charity shops introduce contactless donation points 

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Mind’s retail arm has launched a one-year pilot of contactless donation points in ten of its charity shops. 

The trial began in February and has been funded by Santander Corporate & Commercial, which has been a banking partner for Mind’s retail arms since 2014. 

Earlier charity trials have suggested that people are prepared to donate more via a contactless donation point than they do by donating spare change. 

Amanda Day, head of finance and central services at Mind Retail, said: “Technology, digital solutions and new payment processes will continue to have an impact on the sector so it is vital that charities adapt and evolve, and work with partners that can help us capitalise on these trends.”

With more people using contactless cards or paying by mobile devices a number of charities have been testing how to use the technology to collect donations. 

Last week the Church of England made discounted contactless donation terminals available to its network. 

Welsh hospice charity, Tŷ Hafan, launched a contactless donation shop window earlier this month and says that it has already received “hundreds” of donations.  

Cancer Research UK has trialled the technology in a number of iterations, including ‘smart benches’ and contactless collection tins for World Cancer Day, while a Barclaycard trial last year raised over £20,000 for 11 charities over a four-month period. 

 

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