Diocese of Newcastle

Contactless giving

Cash use is falling, with predictions that fewer than one in 10 transactions will be completed with notes and coins in 10 years' time! Ten years ago, cash was used in six out of 10 payments, but it has been overtaken in popularity by debit cards, driven by the use of contactless technology. And it’s not just the younger generation who are making contactless payments on debit cards. Older consumers have also adopted the technology, with some of the biggest rises in the last few years among pensioners.

Why do you need to act?

Providing the option to donate or indeed pay with a debit card will enable your church to:

  • Capture donations that may not otherwise have been made.
  • Engage with a wider range of visitors, especially those who are not regular churchgoers and may never carry cash, think baptisms, weddings etc.
  • Offer greater choice for a generous donor.
  • Future proof for the inevitable further decline of cash.
  • Gift Aid can be claimed on contactless donations through the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

Things to consider?

There are a variety of options on the market, so you’ll need to consider a few things before deciding on which solution to go with:

  • Is your church Wifi or data enabled? Some devices require this to operate.
  • Is your church best suited to a payment terminal or a donation terminal? It could be that your church is suited to both types, for example if it has a church shop and also has a high visitor footfall or a large number of life events.
  • How much can your church afford to pay for contactless equipment? 

Free trials available

We have a small range of contactless solutions available for parishes to try out for free before they buy. Please contact Joanne or Andrew for further information or to arrange a trial.

Compare devices by downloading this useful comparison table including the latest pricing. 

SumUp Card Reader with Donation App
Gbx Mini with Goodplate, Gbx Core and Gbx Mini

“I wanted to thank you for arranging the contactless machine for Holy Sepulchre, it's been used quite a lot over Christmas. I was really struck by how smart and eye-catching the unit looked in the church. The touchscreen interface is really attractive and also very easy to use.” 

Holy Sepulchre, Ashington

To buy

For more comprehensive supplier details and pricing, please visit www.parishbuying.org.uk/categories/contactless-donations who are appointed by the Archbishops’ Council to secure the best deals on all things procurement, including contactless giving.