Face to Place Giving: Maximise Visibility & Boost Donations

In-situ giving in a reception area

Contactless technology has become our norm

What does this mean for the individual giving experience?

Face to Face giving is so important for many charities, but since it’s predicted only 1 in 10 payments will be made with cash by the end of the decade charities need to think about how contactless giving supports their individual fundraising agenda.

This is where Face to Place Giving comes in.


Giving is easy, if you know how

Implementing any strategy takes time and testing. But what happens if you don’t have time to pilot new technology? With resources already under strain, a quick but considered decision is probably what’s most helpful. 

We’ve built a proven reputation for expertise in this area, through years helping charities manage and improve their contactless donations income with our Donation Station. 

So, if you’re keen to embrace Face to Place giving, you’ll need to look at both the physical and digital for successful donation experiences. If you want more people to give, you’ll need to explore how they want to give.

Five tips for maximising the visibility of your in-situ contactless fundraising

1. Footfall - where do your supporters visit?

Knowing the typical footfall and flow of a venue’s visitor journey can help you to position your device effectively. Consider your busiest or easiest access locations e.g. the visitor entrance, in order to optimize the number of people who interact with the device.  

The more people who see it, the more people have the opportunity to engage.  

Similarly, if you organise events throughout a day, with supporters coming and going, you can increase the devices visibility by positioning another Donation Station near an exit or Gift Shop.

Churches and Museums often place their device near an exit with high footfall in order to capture donations after an event or service. 

Example visitor journey

The typical footfall within an Art Gallery will be varied, so choosing the right spot for your fundraising devices will involve some testing – but we find there are hotspots that can boost donations income.

Placement of multiple devices means that everyone has the opportunity to interact and give. 

If they miss one device, they will find the next. 

Footfall flow diagram

2. Visitor Journey - when is it appropriate to ask for donations?

Depending on your venue or event visitor journey, knowing when to ask for donations is a key consideration.  

  • Do you want the device to be placed at the beginning, middle or end of their journey?
  • How will the donor be feeling at each point?
  • Has there been an exchange of values? 

This often needs to be considered alongside footfall.

For example, where should you consider adding devices if you run a hospital charity? There’s very high footfall in a department such as A&E, however the experience is one of high stress, with visitors looking to leave as soon as they’re treated.

Alternatively, an in-patient ward is somewhere both patients and their families will be for longer. They’ll have a deeper relationship with the department as well as the staff who work there and often want to give back to show their appreciation.

photo of donation stations in use

3. Accessibility - make your cause visible

When we talk about physical accessibility, we are referring to the area in which the device is sitting. Is it accessible to wheelchair users, for instance?

Taking the time to remove obstacles can make a world of difference to your visitors, and helps with visibility! 

Twice as many charity donors see contactless fundraising as a good idea than those who dislike it, so the more methods you provide, the more demographics you appeal to and the more likely visitors are to give.  

Tip: Any branding, messages or information should be as accessible as possible. Think about colour contrast, size of any printed fonts, and visual impairments.

4. Messaging - signposting your device

Face to Place giving is often unattended or semi-attended, which poses two challenges:

  • Make visitors aware of the device  
  • Direct visitors to the device 

Clear, directional messaging is important for maximising visibility and engagement, much like volunteers are when fundraising face-to-face.  

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Is our messaging consistent throughout the venue? 
  • Is it clear what we are promoting i.e. a donation device? 
  • Is it obvious what the devices function is? 
Card donation point
A card donation point sign at Riverbourne Farm

Tip: Giving the donation device it’s own space, with floor and wall signposting can help with visibility!

5. Boosting engagement with fundraising teams

It’s possible to leave the Donation Station unattended for periods of time, but embracing its presence as a team can really help boost income.

Introducing volunteers to it’s benefits, such as Gift Aid declarations, so they can nudge supporters towards adding that extra 20% tax relief, assigning a responsible person who’ll keep an eye on any technical requirements, and including it in team discussions leads to a better all round result. 

The Natural History Museum is a great example of this as they have a giving team dedicated to promoting their contactless devices, which results in high engagement, awareness and better donations revenue. 

donation station photo in situ
Midi Donation Stations at the Natural History Museum

We appreciate that volunteer workloads and budgets are in major demand, and fully attended Face to Face giving isn’t always possible. In the absence of staff, always signpost the device!  

Face to Place, inclusive fundraising can be a brilliant way to maximise the visibility of your cause and boost your fundraising income. 

Building for success

In-situ contactless giving, like with any charitable campaign, requires a strategy, as well as investment from your team – embedding it into your daily fundraising activities delivers the best return on investment. 

Who are GWD?

We help socially-minded organisations transition to digital systems, building stronger relationships through impactful products and services.

Our experience goes back two decades, with a foundation building and providing critical digital services and products for the financial services and retail industries.

With a long-proven ability to handle challenging projects and a team of trusted experts, we work hard to solve problems and deliver change that helps others.

Attract Loop

Part of the Donation Station’s key visual design features, the Attract Loop are screensavers purposefully designed to run on a loop. Created by GWD with your input, they use visuals or photography, plus an emotive call to action, to catch the donors interest and lead them towards donation through interactive storytelling.


The entire Donation Station is open to branding, from external display to on-screen logos, photography and your brand look and feel.

Our design support service can adapt visuals and graphics to suit your brand.

Wifi or 4G/5G Data SIM

Where you need it, the Donation Station can be supplied with Data or Wifi connectivity.

If using the device in a remote location or at an event, it’s worth considering the signal strength available – GWD can support you to ensure there’s a smooth running operation on the day.

Safe & Secure

All data is transmitted with full encryption, so you can be sure that all individual donor data is safely used, in accordance with GDPR regulations.

Choice of Donations

Giving choice on where the donor wants their money to be spent empowers them further. The Donation Station asks this question and gives charities freedom to present their causes and activities as separate campaigns.

Gift Aid Up Sell

An integrated Gift Aid function on all Donation Stations helps boost fundraising a further 25%. This tax relief can be claimed from HRMC from any donor that supplies their contact details and makes a declaration, as a UK tax payer. The Donation Station is designed to encourage and secure this additional fundraising income easily, through simple reports that can be downloaded and submitted to HMRC as part of a Gift Aid claim.