Sector press at the beginning of 2019 seems to be focussing on the need for charities to really explore the benefits of transforming they way they engage with supporters and beneficiaries.
Obviously one way to achieve this is to develop new solutions that put technology at their heart. So it's really exciting for me at the moment to know OCF is keen to be involved in this shift and are planning a couple of pilots in the coming months, including Greater Change mentioned in the article below, albeit without the QR codes.
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In August, a social innovation project in partnership with Oxford University called Greater Change introduced a QR code, similar to the codes issued for online tickets, for homeless people to accept contactless payments. Givers with no change can swipe the code using their phones to make an online payment that goes into an account managed by a local charity, where someone works with the homeless person on achieving their goals. Greater Change also offers givers a window into the lives of the people they are trying to support and brings up the story of the person in need, including their goals and why they ended up on the streets.