Supporters and members of the public can make instant donations via their phone or mobile device simply by scanning a special QR code. These can be added to posters, leaflets, stickers, staff and volunteer badges, or indeed almost any object.
There’s no need for a specific app to read the QR code: any mobile app that recognises QR codes can scan a Good Thyngs code. This includes the built-in camera in iOS 11, as well as popular social networking apps such as Chrome, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and dedicated QR code readers.
The code gives charities a method of accepting Apple Pay, Google Pay and PayPal donations.
How to register
Signing up is a four-stage process.
Participating charities will receive their own Good Thyngs code, a customisable donation page with mobile wallet support, a set of helpful usage guidelines, and access to the Thyngs platform. This gives them the facility to:
- view details of each donation
- download Gift Aid declarations
- edit their donation page
- optionally create additional codes and/or upgrade to add NFC (Near Field Communication) capability to make it even quicker and easier for supporters to donate.
Eligible charities can create a Good Thyngs code for free, and pay a fee of around 60p for a £10 donation. There is no charge on the Gift Aid element.
How to set up mobile giving
Once registered, charities can set a range of donation amounts for the code. Supporters then select one of the amounts, choose their preferred payment method, and then confirm the donation with their fingerprint or a stored card.
They can even make a Gift Aid declaration “without having to enter any details”, whilst their donation is sent to the charity’s bank account.
Neil Garner, CEO of Thyngs, said: “The Good Thyngs sign-up process is incredibly simple, and this new service means that charities can now reach a new generation of mobile-savvy donors quickly and cost-effectively. With cash donations falling and smartphone usage increasing, it gives any registered charity a low-risk way to take advantage of the growth in mobile payments.”
Unusual contactless giving stations
UK Fundraising has covered a range of ‘items’ that have been turned into contactless giving opportunities:
Try it out
You can try out Good Thyngs using this demo donation function.
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