Check out hi-tech giving at CRE!
The end of cash-only collections is nigh – thanks to two companies at this month’s Christian Resources Exhibition (15-17 Oct, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey).
Givt, from Holland, will demonstrate state-of-the-art technology that allows worshippers’ smartphones to pick up a signal from a beacon placed in a collection plate (pictured).
“As soon as the user indicates that he wants to give, the smartphone searches for the signal,” explains Givt director Sjoerd van Oort. “The giver simply moves his smartphone along the collection device and indicates how much he has chosen to donate.”
Most importantly, no-one knows who has given and how much.
“We believe that giving is fundamentally different from paying,” says Sjoerd. “With Givt, the donor remains completely anonymous to the collecting organisation.”
Following the company’s debut at CRE National 2018, 17 churches in the UK began piloting Givt, among them Gas Street in Birmingham and the parish church of Walton-on-Thames.
“In the Netherlands people give much more with our solution than with cash,” says Sjoerd. “We are finding it to be true in the UK as well.”
This year, the company is offering churches an early bird special.
“Those that adopt our solution will not be charged for any use until the end of the year,” says Sjoerd. “They will also receive a very special reward. Come to the Givt stand at CRE National to find out more!”
Meanwhile, first-time exhibitors Tubular Systems Ltd will display a kiosk (pictured) which sits permanently in a church, accepting contactless donations. The seven-inch touchscreen with customisable display graphics, can be personalised for any church. Elegant and eye-catching, the kiosk fits neatly into church buildings and can be moved to fund-raising events outside the church.
“Installation is super fast as communication is taken care of with a built-in SIM Card,” explained Tubular Systems’ Kevin Egglesden. “You can also customise donation amounts, e.g £5, £10, £20 and £30. We are very proud knowing that our kiosk will soon be helping local churches generate donations for the many excellent activities in which they are involved.”
More than 200 organisations have taken all available space at CRE National 2019. A programme of 60 seminars will cover a host of practical subjects, from sound systems to security. Some 4,000 local church leaders and members are expected to visit the three-day event, opened by former Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones and actress Fiona Hendley.
CRE National 2019 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey
Tuesday 15 October 10am-5pm
Wednesday 16 October 10am-5pm
Thursday 17 October 10am-4.30pm
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