Are you still donating as much as you used to?

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I have to admit I’m not.  I simply don’t carry cash like I used to.

The charity’s chief executive, Michelle Branney, said it had a deficit of $100,000 a year between its outgoings and donations.

She said EFTPOS New Zealand gave the mission four portable machines, which allowed people who did not carry cash to donate.

“I think when you give a person an EFTPOS machine and say would you like to donate, we’re finding that they’re giving $5 or $10,” she said.

Ms Branney said the charity raised $58,000 dollars in its annual street appeal and, of that, $3200 was donated through EFTPOS by people who otherwise would not have given at all.

EFTPOS New Zealand general manager Peter Hansen said, in the past year, the company had ramped up the number of charities it donated the terminals to, including the Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Foundations and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

“All of those organisations suffer from the same problem – that people carry less cash,” he said.

Mr Hansen said people would often be far more generous to charities if they could use EFTPOS.

With the rise of Tap and Go cards, and paying with your smartphone, it is even more a problem for charities to get money unless they get with the times.

The ones that are going to lose out are the local charity drives that can’t afford to organise EFTPOS terminals for their street appeals.

I’ve not seen any that have gotten smart by at least handing out slips of paper to their Give a Little page (for example), or showing other ways to donate through 0900 numbers, sending a TXT or via Internet based methods.

I’m giving less these days because people that want my money can’t take my cards.

How about you?




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