New platforms offering lower or no fees for charities

first_imgNew platforms offering lower or no fees for charities Payments start-up Banked offers 0.1% payment processing feesPayments start-up Banked has launched, delivering real-time account to account payments without the need to share bank details and 0.1% payment processing fees.Banked ( is regulated by the FCA in both UK and Europe, and instead of giving their bank details, users generate a link, share it, and wait for payment.Charities can join by embedding Banked’s API, and individuals can use the free Banked app to create payment links and start requesting money.One charity using Banked is HEROES, which supports the NHS. On this occaision Banked is waiving all payment processing fees. This means that through not having to pay the standard 2.9% payment processing fee on all donations, it can save £29,000 on every £1million raised: enough to cover 9,000 FFP3 masks, 10,000 full face visors, 6,000 single use gowns and 1,450 gift vouchers for its ‘perk after work’ scheme.Brad Goodall, Banked CEO, said:“When we donate to our favourite charity, or support a friend or family member fundraising for a cause, we only think about the £10 we’re ‘giving to charity’ and rarely consider the percentage lost to card processing fees. On a small scale, it doesn’t seem like much, but when you consider that the UK donates £10 billion to charity every year, the value of donations lost is huge.”“We want to revolutionise the payment system for charities and fundraising platforms by virtually eliminating processing fees, so that far more money can go to the actual causes.”  1,694 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis TrueLayer launches free charity donation platform using open bankingFinancial API provider TrueLayer ( has launched a donation application that uses open banking to allow charities to receive 100% of all donations made, removing subscription and transaction charges.Women’s Aid, FareShare, End Youth Homelessness, The Wonder Foundation and The Brokerage are among the charities to have signed up to Donate Direct so far, which is free to use for charities.By using Payments Initiation, which enables donations to be made directly from online banking without the need for credit or debit cards, donations clear in minutes instead of days with the entire process underpinned by the bank’s security. Transaction fees are lowered by Payment Initiation and will then be completely covered by TrueLayer.The idea for the platform came from TrueLayer’s Payments Product Lead George Davis, and it was then built by TrueLayer in under a week.Shefali Roy, COO of TrueLayer, said:“We hope this platform can provide some help to charities. They have been hit hard by the crisis just when they are needed the most. By cutting out transaction fees, we’re making sure 100% of donations go to good causes and by using our Payments API for payment initiation using bank to bank rails, donations are fully secure, and clearance is faster.“We asked our team to come up with ways we can help people on the frontline of the crisis and have been thrilled with the response. They worked tirelessly to get Donate Direct up and running in only a few days. We’re also very happy to match up to £10,000 worth of donations made through Donate Direct.Luke Wiechula, Corporate Partnerships Officer at FareShare, said:“We are doing everything we can to continue to deliver food to vulnerable people during the crisis. Our service has never been more important, which is why we really welcome Donate Direct. By cutting out admin and transaction costs, it will enable all of the donations we receive to go directly to supporting the people who need it the most.”Charities interested in using Donate Direct can contact [email protected] Here are three new platforms offering lower or no fees for charities.  1,693 total views,  5 views today Givable platform launches to help smaller charities encourage donationsDigital studio adaptable has launched a donations platform for small charities across the UK impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.Charities wishing to use Givable ( as its new donations platform can do so with a small set-up fee and no subscription fees for six months if signed up before the end of June 2020.Givable can bolt onto any existing charity or voluntary organisation website and, powered by Stripe, can accept one off or recurring debit/credit card payments along with Apple Pay, Google Pay and Paypal.The website features a four-step ‘funnel’ that guides donors through the giving process of the donation amount, donor details with address look-up, Gift Aid opt-in and payment details with multiple payment methods.Givable also has a bespoke reporting dashboard for charities to monitor donations and the user interface can be styled to sit in line with any charity’s logo and brand by setting the colour palette, typography and tone of voice.The adaptable team prototyped, designed, built and tested Givable during five weeks of remote working during lockdown.Founder Dan Cooper said:“As a studio, the last few weeks have got us thinking how we could help our existing clients in the charity and voluntary sectors, along with helping other charities at a national level.“With the economy currently taking a hit due to Covid-19 we wanted to create a tool for charities both small and large to help them provide a best in class giving experience to help encourage donors to give now in these uncertain times more than ever.”center_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: app Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 2 June 2020 | News And one more idea:Online competition platform RaffallOnline competition platform Raffall says it has seen a 300% increase in its services during the pandemic.Raffall ( is aimed at individuals, businesses, charities, celebrities and influencers who are looking to monetise their existing audiences in a fun and engaging way. It enables users to host raffles while keeping all of the revenue generated from ticket sales. Hosts specify the price per ticket and the number of tickets issued so that the odds for winning each raffle are fixed, enabling users to calculate their chances of winning before entering.The platform functions as a trusted third party similar to an escrow account; hosts are unable to access ticket revenue until the competition winner confirms receipt of their prize. Hosts have no control or influence over winner selection, with winners being generated completely at random. The platform also allows hosts and entrants to view how many tickets have been sold at any time.last_img read more

Farm Progress Showcases Newest Technology

first_img SHARE Farm Progress Showcases Newest Technology Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Progress Showcases Newest Technology Farm Progress Showcases Newest TechnologyThe world’s largest outdoor farm show gets underway Tuesday in Decatur, IL: the Farm Progress Show. The reason tens of thousands of farmers make the trek to the show each year is to see what is new. What will be one of the big draws this year will be the self-driving tractor from Case IH. Jim Miller, with Case, says this is not a new model that will soon be for sale at your local dealer, “The fun thing about the Autonomous Tractor is we wanted to say here is where we think we could go. We wanted to see what the producers had to say about it and if there was even a market for it.” He told HAT, while the technology works, there are still a lot of questions remaining about how to package the unit and what regulations there would be about a tractor driving itself down a rural road. The Farm Progress Show will not be your only chance to see this unit; it will also be the center peace of the Indiana/Illinois Farm Equipment Show in December.Case is celebrating 175 years this year. Miller says technology will be the driving force for the company for future, “We will continue to invest in technology and bring to market innovative products that help producers be more efficient and profitable.”Another technological breakthrough that will get lots of attention here at the show will be a Goodyear passenger car tire made from soybeans. Two years ago, researchers at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Akron, OH, discovered that using soybean oil in tires can increase tread life by 10 percent and could reduce the company’s petroleum-based oil use by up to 7 million gallons each year. Additional testing at Goodyear’s tire plant in Lawton, OK, showed that soy brings improved mixing capabilities in the manufacturing process. This can improve plant efficiency and could reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The oil content of a typical passenger tire is 8 percent by weight. One day, Goodyear hopes to completely replace all petroleum-based oils with soybean oil in its tires, which could use almost 54 million pounds of soybean oil each year.Watch for coverage of the Farm Progress show all this week at Hoosier Ag Today. Previous articleFrom an Idea to Actual Food Product DevelopmentNext articleNew Technology to see at Farm Progress Show on the HAT Tuesday Morning Edition Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 29, 2017 last_img read more

Petition appeals for acquittal of British journalist Alan Shadrake

first_img News Organisation to go further News SingaporeAsia – Pacific News SingaporeAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en October 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Petition appeals for acquittal of British journalist Alan Shadrake Follow the news on Singaporecenter_img Reporters Without Borders today launched an international petition calling for the acquittal of British author and journalist Alan Shadrake who is facing two years in prison for writing a book about the death penalty in Singapore.The petition, which is addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, can be found on the organisation’s website:,38642.htmlAlan Shadrake, who is aged 75, has been charged with “contempt of court” and the verdict in his case is expected on 26 October. At his trial which opened on 18 October, the prosecutor accused the journalist of making comments “against the independence and integrity of the Singapore judiciary” in his book “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock”. Hema Subramanian, a lawyer from the Attorney General’s Chambers, said that Shadrake’s book contained “baseless, unwarranted attacks…that directly attacked the Singapore judiciary”. She termed the allegations in the book as “outrageous, offensive and irresponsible”. The journalist’s lawyer, M Ravi, argued that the book was well documented and backed up by evidence. It was a “serious-minded and compassionate examination of the death penalty in Singapore”.Reporters Without Borders urges the Singapore judiciary to accept Alan Shadrake’s innocence and allow him to leave the country. In fact, the book contains no defamatory remarks, no personal attacks or verbal assaults aimed at undermining the operation of the justice system. Given that it is simply a critical analysis of the institution and its methods as a result of a rigorous and well documented investigation, this work cannot constitute contempt of court. We would like to stress the fact that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) of which Singapore is a founding member, is a protector of basic freedoms. The Singaporean government in July 1993 joined other member states in supporting the Vienna Declaration on Human Rights 1993 that calls on countries to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that guarantees freedom of expression.Shadrake has been forced to stay on in Singapore since July in very difficult circumstances. His passport has been confiscated and his health has deteriorated badly since his arrest in July. He has serious heart problems and recently suffered an internal haemorrhage. The British journalist is also virtually without resources and suffering serious financial problems. For more information see:,37975.html RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review October 15, 2020 Find out more News Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Receive email alerts October 2, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources April 10, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more