Following on from the trial of contactless card readers last year, which was part funded by the Listen Workstream of the Diocesan Mission Strategy and the recent shift towards contactless payments which has been accelerated by recent events, the Listen Workstream have provided some further funding to parishes who wish to embrace this modern form of giving.
The funding focusses on the two main units which Goodbox provide. Both allow contactless donations to be taken even if you do not have a wi-fi or mobile phone signal. These are:
GBx mini – this is a mobile unit which would mainly be used for contactless donations but can also be used as a standard card reader when required. This can also be inserted into a Goodplate to provide a contactless collection plate.
GBx core – is designed to be a static unit to be used in churches which may receive a larger number of visitors. It has a colour screen and can display messages on the screen to interact with donors. It is also worth noting that any donations for £30 or less which are given via contactless giving are also eligible for the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) meaning if a parish can count this as part of their £8,000 annual allowance, contactless donations can be uplifted by another 25%. Goodbox have also recently launched an optional scheme whereby Gift Aid can be claimed from donations where a donor has aligned their payment cards to a Gift Aid declaration.
Please note that there is limited amount of funding available and this will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. More details on the funding and how to apply can be found on the Diocese of Norwich website at this link: www.DofN.org/contactless
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