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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has teamed up with contactless payments experts PayaCharity to introduce a contactless donation solution at their farm near Ventnor.

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanent home on the Isle of Wight.

As a small charity, The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary relies totally on donations, donkey adoptions and cafe sales to survive.

With animal welfare costs rising sharply, the sanctuary noticed that cash collected in donation boxes around the site were also starting to decline.

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary donkeys
Carol Foote, Sanctuary Business Manager
More and more people were arriving at the sanctuary without cash and we were obviously missing out on potential donations.
Carol Foote
Sanctuary Business Manager

With the Sanctuary being open 7 days a week all year round, a contactless donation box was the perfect solution for fundraising.

After doing some research on contactless giving, the sanctuary then approached Mark Mellor at PayaCharity, who had introduced contactless donation boxes to a number of other charities.

The contactless donation box would need to be robust yet lightweight, weather proof and have the ability to be both portable and fixed for year-round donations.

Thankfully, PayaCharity provide a wide range of devices and found the ideal contactless solution that met all of Isle Of Wight Donkey Sanctuary’s needs.

With endless fundraising possibilities ahead, the team at the Sanctuary fully embraced the contactless technology.

With the charity making more than 100% returns on the donation box, they’re now considering getting a second contactless device so that donations can be made when donkeys go out visiting fairs, fêtes and shows.

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary donkeys
Carol Foote, Sanctuary Business Manager
In the first few days of its operation the contactless donation box raised hundreds of pounds and we had lots of positive comments from visitors about how convenient it was to just tap their card and walk in.
Derek Needham
Sanctuary Charity Manager

If you would like to find out more about how contactless donations could boost your charity’s fundraising strategy

Call 0333 123 1243 today