Big Issue charity to boost mobile giving capabilities

The partnership sees the Big Issue Foundation offer digital wallet payment options through Apple Pay and Google Pay for the first time.

Joe Lepper | 11th Apr 19
Bill Webb stars in Big Issue campaign

The Big Issue Foundation, the charity that supports the magazines’ sellers, has linked up with Donr to strengthen its mobile and online payment capability.

Through the deal the charity will be able to accept digital wallet services such as Apple Pay and Google Pay for the first time, as well as donations via card and mobile phone text.

The move comes as the charity launches its Spring Appeal, which focuses on how the charity supports people in crisis and stars former vendor Bill Webb, who was supported by the charity.

“It was so important to me that The Big Issue Foundation team focused on helping me access healthcare when I first walked through the door and started selling the magazine,” Webb said.

“Liam, a service broker assessed my immediate and longer-term needs. My medication had run out so Liam arranged for me to see a doctor and (Bill’s dog) Chloe was registered with The Dogs Trust so she could stay healthy too! I’m so grateful for the support of The Big Issue Foundation, knowing that they are there to help me.”

Future proofing donations

Rhia Docherty, The Big Issue Foundation’s Individual Giving and Support Services Manager, said: “We’re really excited to be partnering with Donr to launch our Spring Appeal.

“Donr’s Text Giving service is very effective, affordable and easy to use. This is also the first time we have been able to accept donation’s via digital wallet services like Apple Pay and Google Pay. Donr’s innovative platform will help us to future-proof donations in the digital age.”

Text donations can be made by texting BILL followed by a donation amount to 70085, up to £20. Donr is alsso hosting an online fundraising page for the charity.

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