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Cashless giving added to traditional charity collection boxes and buckets

Cashless giving added to traditional charity collection boxes and buckets

Charity can now be used to accept  donations thanks to a partnership between charity collection box manufacturers Angal® and cashless transaction provider Thyngs®.

Angal’s collecting boxes and buckets will now transform the range of giving options available to charities, whether using them at static locations such as shop counters or at events such as street collections.

Thyngs‘ cashless donation solutions allow charities to turn physical objects like collection boxes, signage, and shop windows – and even staff and volunteers – into instant donation points and new opportunities for supporter engagement.

The collecting boxes feature labels with embedded QR/NFC technology which to make cashless payments possible. 

They feature a message saying “No cash? Donate with your phone”.

Smartphone and contactless charity collecting box

Donors choose how much to give via smartphone

Traditional collecting buckets will be able to accept donations in the following ways:

  • coins and banknotes (of course)
  • credit/debit card
  • Apple Pay

Donations via Android Pay and PayPal will be available later this year.

Donors will be able to choose any amount they wish to give using their smartphones. A Gift Aid declaration is built into the process on the smartphone, as is the option to share their contact details with the charity.

Charities will be able to monitor remotely the performance of each collecting box.

How much?


Thyngs states that this enhancement to the traditional collecting box is an “affordable solution that pays for itself with the first £1 donation”.

Larger volume orders could reduce the additional cost per box/bucket to 60p.

In terms of processing donations there is a 2.5% fee on each cashless donation made, plus card processing costs which will vary depending on whether charities already have a Payment Services Provider or choose to use Thyng’s (currently Stripe).

Using Stripe (the more expensive option), a £5 Gift-Aided donation would therefore cost a maximum of 39.5p, which is easily covered by the additional £1.25 Gift Aid that can be reclaimed.

Angal managing director Lee Woodford said: “The Thyngs technology allows Angal to pioneer a safe and secure way for our clients to accept cashless donations. Supporters simply scan or tap their phone on our collecting boxes and can donate in less than 15 seconds. This ease of use was one of the key reasons we joined up with Thyngs. Any boxes with the old FRSB tick logo will need replacing soon, so now is the perfect time to upgrade.”

Thyngs chief executive Neil Garner added: “Our partnership with Angal means that more charities will be able to benefit from the rise of contactless payments and cashless giving.”

Which collecting boxes?

Angal cashless collecting tins and buckets

The Thyngs technology is available immediately for the Polybox Handbox®, Polydrum Wedge®, and Collectors Buckets. It will be added across the rest of Angal’s product range over the coming months.

Charities simply order boxes and buckets via Angal as normal, and they will arrive with the cashless donation labels affixed.


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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.

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  • Even better, cashless donations qualify for GASDS:

  • Why can’t charities print their own QR code on the box currently that goes directly to their website / donation page?

    Will people in practice actually use this, having to get close to scan the QR code on the box? Why would they not just go to the website or Google the charity to donate like people do today on their phones.

    All this seems to do is get Thyngs a cut of any potential donations and doesn’t provide any actual value.

    Also iOS doesn’t support the use of NFC yet (apart from Apple Pay), and in practice it won’t be enabled on many Android phones out in the wild either. The technology behind this could be built by a student in an afternoon.

    I would be interested to know your thoughts @HowardLake:disqus

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