Public-spirited business execs holding meetings and conferences on video platforms such as Zoom and Teams can now turn these meetings into charity fundraising events using QR codes. The move is part of an appeal to raise £200,000 over the summer for NHS charities, people affected by Covid-19 and other vital charities.
This innovation allows business people to request and make small charity donations directly while in their online meetings, simply by sharing and scanning QR codes while on camera.
This new non-profit initiative called The Giving Room (www.thegivingroom.org) has been launched to provide dedicated donation QR Codes – and weblinks – to charities and business video conference users who wish to support those charities.
The Giving Room is a joint venture between Purple Pot, a supplier of contactless donation services to companies and business events, and Thyngs, specialists in physical-to-digital and mobile payments, who are providing the charity donation links and QR codes for the project. Distribution of funds to charities is provided by trusted partner the Charities Trust.
A quirky feature of the initiative are the cartoon virtual backgrounds with QR codes in them, which people can download from The Giving Room website (www.thegivingroom.org) and use in Zoom and other virtual meetings as their preferred backgrounds.
These then display a QR Code to all other meeting participants, which they can scan with the camera on their smartphone and trigger a simple donation in a matter of seconds.
The Giving Room has started by supporting charities fighting Covid-19, such as the UCHL appeal and the National Emergencies Trust. Other charities, hit by funding shortfall, such as The Samaritans, Mind, Shelter and St Elizabeth’s Hospice, have also been added.
Martin Loat, the founder of Purple Pot and key backer of The Giving Room, said: “With millions of business people now using Zoom, Teams and other online video platforms every day, we think we’ve found a new source of vital funding for charities. So we’ve made it easy for them to ask for and make small charitable donations during these meetings. QR codes are so easy scan on your desktop or laptop, if you have a smartphone camera, and they work well as background shots on video calls….
He continued: “All we are asking is for generous business people to give £5 or £10 to a charity they see pop up in a Zoom. It’s really just the price a couple of coffees or drinks that they would buy if they were having a face to face meeting before lockdown happened.”
Neil Garner, CEO of Thyngs said, “We are pleased to support this innovative initiative by giving the business community another way to support organisations who need us, now more than ever. We built our touch-free solutions so that they can work in both the physical and digital environment – with or without human intervention – to ensure maximum impact. With many businesses worldwide using video call suites and the public looking for safe ways to continue charitable giving, The Giving Room will really help make a difference.”