Fundraising news, ideas and inspiration for professional charity fundraisers

tap+ DONATE™ boxes to offer contactless giving at rugby championships

tap+ DONATE™ boxes to offer contactless giving at rugby championships

DONATE™, run by the National Funding Scheme, will enable giving at this week’s European Rugby Championships by providing tap+ DONATE™ boxes.

Spectators will be able to tap the eight donation boxes, placed at bars and around the ground, with their credit or debit cards to donate £3 with each tap. The contactless donation boxes will be available at the quarter finals, semi-finals and final.

The donations will support School of Hard Knocks, a charity which works to tackle unemployment using the disciplines of rugby.


tap+DONATE contactless giving box

Payment via Barclaycard

Barclaycard provides the payment acceptance technology for the tap+ DONATE devices. It recently led an 11-charity trial of the boxes, which involved consultation with Charities Aid Foundation.

The pods were commissioned by Visa, which has been working with its partners since 2014 to enable cardholders to support their favourite charities using contactless, and designed by Sprout.

Payworks developed the contactless donation box app, and integrated this with payment functionality inside the Miura card reader. 


tap+DONATE contactless giving box

Miura card-reader inside the tap+DONATE box

Support from Heineken®

Heineken®, sponsors of the European Rugby Club Rugby, are promoting a fundraising campaign for the School of Hard Knocks. A film and sponsored bungee jump involving Nick Easter and Ugo Monye at the Murrayfield final in mid May will conclude six weeks of fundraising.

The charity fundraising campaign starts this Friday, 31 March, in line with the first European rugby quarter final.

Jack Lewars, COO of School of Hard Knocks, said:

“The tap+DONATE™ service allows School of Hard Knocks to capitalise on the generosity of rugby supporters. The ease of touching a credit/debit card on a tap+DONATE™ unit to give £3 makes the process of giving as even easier than ordering a beer.”

About National Funding Scheme

The National Funding Scheme, operating under the DONATE™ brand, provides a range of fundraising tools to maximise fundraising campaigns.

Launched in 2013, DONATE™ is a platform that allows the UK public to conveniently donate via touch, SMS text or online.

As a charity itself, all NFS’s costs are covered by the Gift Aid scheme. When no Gift Aid is available NFS charges 4.5% to cover transaction and administration costs.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

Get free email updates

Keep up to date with fundraising news, ideas and inspiration with a weekly or daily email. [Privacy]

* We do not share your email or personal details.
" />