British charities are set to introduce contactless payment technology to street-corner soliciting this year, allowing donors to give with the wave of credit or debit card, The Telegraph writes. Devices being devised for major nonprofits such as Cancer Research UK aim to replace traditional collection boxes with instantaneous "touch and go" contributions and help charities keep pace in an increasingly cash-free economy.
"It's quickly becoming embedded in people's minds that you can tap your card to pay in shops. But there are still areas where people are expected to use cash, such as charities' collection tins," said a spokesman for the UK Cards Association, which is developing the new payment machines. "The idea is that if someone has no coins on them, only cards, they will still be able to donate."