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Top tips for fundraising with contactless

It's time to get back out there!


Let's face it: cash is no longer king

And it hasn't been for a while! According to the Bank of England, debit cards overtook cash as the most frequently used payment method back in 2017.ย 

The pandemic has only accelerated this trend and, with fewer people carrying cash, charities are rethinking their strategy for collecting donations at their events, in the community and with corporate partners.

Cancer Research UK, Christian Aid and NSPCC are just some of the dynamic charities are unlocking more donations with contactless. The great news is, you can to!

Let's get started!

How does it work?

Download the app

First things first: download the GiveStar app. This will allow you to start taking contactless and chip & pin donations with your smartphone!

Select your campaign

Once you have logged into the app, you'll be able to select a 'campaign'. This will have custom imagery and text when you take a donation.

Track your progress

Want to see your progress? No problem! Simply login to your GiveStar dashboard to see on-the-spot data showing how you got on.

Our favourite ideas for using contactless

Need some inspiration? Weโ€™ve helped charities unlock more donations with cashless fundraising (from national campaigns to one-off collections) and are happy to share some guidance on what has worked well. Here are just some of our favorite ideas for contactless fundraising:

On-street collections

Fundraising in the community? This is great for maximum exposure - make sure to click the โ€˜Rapid Donationโ€™ feature to allow donors to tap-and-go.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Station Collections
๐Ÿ‘‰ Door-to-Door

๐Ÿ‘‰ Religious Collections

Gala Dinners

Bringing together your major donors? With a maximum threshold of ยฃ50,000 per donation, weโ€™ve got you covered!

๐Ÿ‘‰ Raffles & Auctions
๐Ÿ‘‰ Table-to-Table donating
๐Ÿ‘‰ Major donor giving

Golf Days

If your fundraisers are out-and-about, our portable, handheld devices are a great way to collect donations on the move.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Picnics & Bake sales
๐Ÿ‘‰ Collect entry fees
๐Ÿ‘‰ Sell charity t-shirts

Supermarket Collections

Are you partnered with a supermarket or local store? Weโ€™ve found that outside collections can yield some really impressive results!

๐Ÿ‘‰ On-the-till giving
๐Ÿ‘‰ Staff fundraising
๐Ÿ‘‰ On-the-street giving

Here's some of our top tips:

Contactless fundraising doesn't have to be daunting. Our team of charity experts are on hand to provide support and advice to charities of all sizes. From our experience helping charities fundraise, we have compiled a list of top tips to help you unlock your cashless fundraising:


If you're fundraising in a high footfall area, then make sure to click the โ€˜Rapid Donationโ€™ feature on the GiveStar app. This will let your donors simply tap their card and go!ย 

Engage your donors

This is an important one! Let your fundraisers tell the story behind every campaign and appeal with custom imagery and text.

Add a raffle

Are you hosting a gala dinner or prize draw? Let your fundraisers take donations and raffle entries from one easy-to-use device.

Don't forget Gift Aid!

Let your donors know that they can add Gift Aid to their donations so your charity can benefit from an extra 25% on every contribution.

Want to unlock more donations with contactless?

Get in touch
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