Five top tips for contactless giving

Published on: 17 August 2021

Five top tips for contactless giving

1. Plan ahead for events

Think about what events your church has coming up over the summer: are you holding weddings, baptisms, summer fetes and so on? Make sure that those coming into your building know how to make a gift via contactless if they would like to.

2. Try QR codes & online giving

QR codes are a great way of inviting people to give online to your church. They can be printed on things like pew cards, service sheets, posters, making it easy for lots of people to give at the same time using their smartphone.

3. Make the fundraising ask well

Simply having a contactless device will not generate lots of donations on its own. It’s important that we talk about the impact of people’s giving, the need for people to give, and build trust by showing how a person’s gift will be used wisely.

Take a look at: for suggestions for how to think this through for your church.

4. Don’t forget GASDS

Remember that you can claim Gift Aid through the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme on contactless donations under £30, just like with cash. If most of the donations you take via your contactless device are under £30, you may find it’s best to switch off any on-screen Gift Aid.

5. Nominate a champion

As with anything new, it can take a bit of time to get to grips with your contactless device. Consider appointing a ‘contactless champion’ in your church – someone who can take responsibility for knowing how to use the device, training others, thinking about when to use it, and understanding how to access reporting through the supplier’s portal.

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