Monday 22 January 2018

Supporting Your Favourite Charities Is Easier Than You Think

Supporting Your Favourite Charities Is Easier Than You Think donate the change Sane mental health

I definitely don't donate to charity as much as I should or as much as I would like to. I think a lot of people, including myself take charities for granted. We just expect them to be there and help us when we are in need. What we forget is how reliant they are on donations and support from the general public. 

I will happily put a spare bit of change in a charity pot when I have the chance, but I don't do it enough. I also don't have the income to set aside an amount of money that goes straight to a chosen charity each month. Don't get me wrong, I love a good browse in a charity shop, but I don't always find something which I'm after nor do I always find the time to go to charity shops. 

There is a lot of reasons or even excuses we can come up with for why we don't donate to charity as much as we would like to. I'm no different. But what if you could give to charity everytime you go shopping? Or what about having a set amount which you decide from each purchase that goes to your chosen charity? And maybe even get rewards for doing your bit to support the charity you love? Well, you no longer have to think because it has become a reality. 

When Sane got in touch with me, letting me know about Donate the change exciting and innovative way to donate to charity, I was super intrigued. I love doing my bit for mental health charities but it's not always easy to give them actual money. So when I heard about this fresh idea I was excited to find out more. I had so many questions buzzing around my head and I couldn't wait to hear all about this fab new idea.

The premise behind Donate the change is an easy, quick and fun way to donate to a charity which benefits charities you care about and want to support but also allows you to be in control. The system allows you to set your limits on how much you want to donate monthly which can be changed on your terms at any time. 

So, how does it work?

Donate the change offers a range of FREE (for the first 5,000 buyers) wearable accessories including wristbands and keyrings. Inside the accessory, there is a little chip which you can load with your debit or credit card. You top up the amount you want on the accessory, this can be however much you would like and you can then change how much you want to donate from each purchase to your chosen charity, this can be anywhere from 20p to £1.50 

Where do I get my accessory from? 

You can get your accessory from HERE although do bear in mind during the beta period these may take 30 days to be delivered. 

How do I stay in control? 

You are in complete control of how much you donate from each purchase and your monthly cap limit, which can be from £10 to £50 this can be changed at any time on your terms.

Where can I use it?

You can use it anywhere where contactless payment is an option. Simply tap your accessory, like you would your bank card when buying lunch or the newspaper etc. on purchases under £30 and the donation goes straight to the charity.  

What charities can I support? 

As Donate the change is a fairly new startup there isn't an extensive list of charities you can support at the moment. However, there are 12 excellent ones on there, including The British Heart Foundation, action against cancer and Sane. I of course support Sane, as someone very passionate about raising awareness and supporting people with mental illness. There hopefully will be many more charities on there in the coming months as the business grows and grows.

Supporting Your Favourite Charities Is Easier Than You Think donate the change Sane mental health

Is it safe? 

Yep, it is! It has the same security as a Mastercard card. Really it is just like a wearable bank card. However, like a bank card if it is lost or stolen you need to report it straight away. You can do this via the app. It needs to be treated like real money. 

Can I track how much I have donated?

Yes, you can! There is an app available on both iTunes and Google Play. Simply download the app, load the card and accessory. When you need to you can top up your card, check your balance and how much you have donated. 

What are the rewards? 

As a thank you for using the service you can earn rewards. Every time you pay for something using the accessory you get taps. The more taps you earn the more rewards you can get. To access your free reward go to the 'For you' section on the app. 

I genuinely couldn't recommend this service enough to you guys. Money is tight, we all understand that but charities still need your help. They need small and regular donations to provide them with the much-needed resources to support people in need and continue to do the amazing work they already do.

It's easy to forget to donate to charity and not always carry around loose change with you for the charity buckets outside the supermarket. But with Donate the change, you don't have to worry about that anymore. You can donate to charity in one simple tap without even thinking about it and be rewarded for doing so. It doesn't get better than that right? 

I would love to hear your guys thoughts on this in the comments below! Will you be getting yourself a donate the change accessory? Or maybe you already have one? Make sure you jump on board this innovative and an exciting new way to donate to charity.

Thanks for reading, as always X

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