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The Entertainer’s customers raise £500K with the help of Pennies

10 Apr 2014 The UK’s largest independent toy retailer, The Entertainer, has raised an incredible half a million pounds for six children’s hospitals.  The money was raised from individual donations of less than a pound made by customers via the digital charity box, Pennies. The hospitals...

Zizzi Ristorante Customers make a million micro-donations to charity raising £200,000

4 Dec 2013 Zizzi’s customers have shown that they are all heart by adding an extra 20p to their bill for charity, a cool one million times, via Pennies, the electronic charity box. The Italian food fans’ donations have totaled £200,000 since the scheme was introduced, with that money already...

The Entertainer’s customers continue to donate in their thousands, raising £400,000 for charity

21 Nov 2013 Customers at The Entertainer toy shops continue to make a huge difference to the lives of children across the UK by donating in their thousands via Pennies, the electronic charity box. Shoppers at The Entertainer’s 88 stores have now raised over £400,000 for charity in just over 2 years. In the...

Donations look set to soar with the expansion of an online fundraising initiative into Cosmos Holidays

12 Jul 2013 The Monarch Group is following up the successful launch of The Monarch Foundation with the extension of its partnership with Pennies, the electronic charity box which raises funds for charities chosen by the foundation. Since the end of 2012 customers booking flights online with Monarch Airlines...

Google invites public to choose Britain's most dynamic charities in Global Impact Challenge

22 May 2013 22 May, London: In March 2013, Google UK launched the Global Impact Challenge, inviting UK registered charities to tell them how they would change the world using technology. Today, 10 finalists - four of whom will be awarded a £500,000 grant to deliver their project - were revealed. From today,...

Pennies, the electronic charity box, shortlisted for national award

16 May 2013 Among The Charity Awards shortlist announced on Tuesday 7 May is an electronic charity box, which offers people the option to add a small donation when paying by card either by rounding up their bill to the nearest pound or by adding a fixed amount of pennies. The Charity Awards are one of the...

Londoners donate their 'electronic' pennies at Drake & Morgan 10,000 times to help inner-city kids

13 Mar 2013 Customers enjoying a meal in Drake & Morgan’s bar and restaurants have donated their ‘spare electronic change’ 10,000 times to help raise £5,000 for inner-city children thanks to an innovative fundraising initiative. The London-based group recently partnered with Pennies, the electronic...

Micro-donations get a MICROS sized boost as the technology provider joins Pennies

7 Mar 2013 Leading information technology solutions provider MICROS Systems, Inc have today announced that they have joined the Pennies movement. The hospitality and retail industries specialist are including Pennies, the electronic charity box, in future releases of their Retail-J POS software, which will...

Pennies raises £1,000,000 from four million micro-donations

16 Jan 2013 Micro-donation charity Pennies gains momentum as its electronic charity box donations double in just eight months, bringing the total raised to £1,000,000.  This has been collected from more than 4 million individual donations averaging just 25p each. The pace of donations has seen a big increase...

Christmas Giving boosts cash for children’s hospitals as customers at The Entertainer donate over £250,000 via Pennies

20 Dec 2012 Christmas has come early for the charity partners of The Entertainer as the number of customers donating their electronic ‘spare change’ this month multiplies by 7 times.  These extra donations have helped bring the total amount raised by customers to more than £250,000. The donations, made...

Tradesmen make 100,000 donations to help the Everyman appeal save lives

20 Dec 2012 Multi-channel retailer Screwfix has raised more than £27,000 through electronic charity box, Pennies, after customers generously donated their ‘spare change’ 100,00 times for prostate and testicular cancer appeal, Everyman. At the start of 2012, the trade supplier added the innovative Pennies...

Domino's Pizza customers in Northern Ireland are generous with their pennies

20 Dec 2012 Domino’s Pizza customers have shown how generous they can be by donating to the Northern Ireland’s Children’s Hospice (NICH), via Pennies, the electronic charity box.  Since October 2011, Domino’s customers have been able to round up their online orders and donate this money to the NICH, with a...

UK is 'alive & giving': Pennies sees 100% growth and announces new partners

27 Nov 2012 Pennies achieves 100% growth in its second year 3.5 million consumer donations 50 charities benefit Industry leaders joined together today to celebrate the breakthrough that Pennies, the electronic charity box, has made for British fundraising in its first two years.  The charity has already...

‘Cashless living’ on the rise as younger generation chooses cards over coins

2 Nov 2012 One in ten 25-34 year olds never carry physical money, relying entirely on cards. Eight per cent of UK adults wouldn’t pick up cash they found in the street. More than half notice fewer charity collection tins than there used to be. Having a few spare pennies in your pocket is becoming a thing...

Screwfix customers reach 50,000 donations milestone in just four months

2 Aug 2012 Multi-channel retailer Screwfix is celebrating after having raised more than £10,000 in just four months for prostate and testicular appeal, Everyman.  The essential funds were raised a few pennies at a time by customers who donated their ‘spare change’ 50,000 times via Pennies, the electronic...

Toyshop customers donate their cash half a million times for children’s hospitals

2 Jul 2012 Customers of toy shop chain The Entertainer have raised over £150,000 for charity in less than a year by donating their electronic ‘spare change’ half a million times. The donations, made through Pennies the electronic charity box, are already helping patients at four children’s hospitals. The...

£500,000 raised as Pennies donations double in six months!

9 May 2012 The Pennies movement is gaining momentum as the number of consumer micro-donations made via Pennies has doubled in just six months bringing the total to two million. This has raised £500,000 supporting a growing number of UK charities. The Pennies scheme, which launched 17 months ago, gives...

Screwfix joins forces with Pennies to boost its fundraising for Everyman

22 Mar 2012 Screwfix customers can now donate their spare change to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer through Pennies, the electronic charity box. The trade supplier has added Pennies to their website, which lets its customers round up their total order to the nearest pound for the Everyman...

More online retailers embrace Pennies

7 Mar 2012 Charitable micro-donations have received a boost as three new online retailers add Pennies the electronic charity box to their websites. Customers of Party Pieces, BuySpares and Contact Lenses Express are now able to donate their ‘spare change’ to charity when making purchases online. Charities...

Domino's Pizza customers make a million donations to charity

14 Feb 2012 Domino’s customers are all heart as they share their pennies Domino’s customers have shown that they are all heart by rounding up the price of their orders, a cool one million times, and donating their ‘spare change’ to charity. Domino’s Pizza joined forces with The Pennies Foundation, the creators...

The Entertainer customers donate £100,000 to charity through micro-donations

25 Jan 2012 Customers at The Entertainer have raised over £100,000 for charity in just six months by donating their electronic ‘spare change’. The donations, made through Pennies the electronic charity box, gained a boost in the run up to Christmas, culminating in a massive peak of nearly £13,000 raised in the...

Pennies hits one million donations in its first year as retailers and technology companies sign up

22 Nov 2011 Could 2012 be the year of the micro-donation? Pennies, the electronic charity box, has received its one millionth micro-donation in just 12 months, raising over £250,000 from the public’s ‘spare change’ for more than 20 UK charities. Breaking new ground, Pennies is a new channel for an old habit -...

Grimsby and Cleethorpes lead the nation in new way of giving to charity

22 Nov 2011 New community initiative allows retailers and their customers to support St Andrew’s Hospice and other local charities through Pennies, the electronic charity box Customers paying by card in shops and businesses in Grimsby and Cleethorpes can now top up their bill by 25p and donate their ‘spare...

Pennies, the electronic charitybox announces new partnership with Commidea

22 Nov 2011 Commidea today announces that it is the latest technology provider to get behind Pennies, the electronic charity box. Commidea, the UK’s leading managed service payments provider and part of the Point Group, has updated the Ocius Sentinel solution to allow its retail partners to adopt...

Pennies goes mobile with Simply Tap

22 Nov 2011 Mobile Money Network™ (MMN) is the first mobile technology partner to get behind Pennies, enabling retailers to offer their customers the opportunity to make micro-donations when they shop using their mobile phones. Consumers will be able to donate using MMN’s new Simply Tap™ mobile application...

Domino's Pizza franchisees begin supporting Northern Ireland Children's Hospice

3 Nov 2011 Domino’s Pizza franchisees in Northern Ireland have decided that charity donations made by their customers through Pennies, the electronic charity box will help a Northern Ireland charity. Customers now ordering a Domino’s Pizza online in Northern Ireland will be able to support Northern Ireland...

The Pennies Foundation appoints Bell Pottinger Director Simon Jones to Board of Trustees

13 Sep 2011 The Pennies Foundation has appointed Simon Jones to its Board of Trustees.  Simon, a leading consultant for Chime Communications, has provided strategic counsel to the Foundation since its inception, and his appointment as a trustee allows Pennies to benefit from the expertise that both Simon and...

Zizzi rolls out Pennies across all its restaurants

2 Aug 2011 Italian restaurant chain, Zizzi, rolls out Pennies, the electronic charity box, to its nationwide network of 118 restaurants to raise more money for charity, The Prince’s Trust. This follows the success of a trial in a small number of venues which began last December. Customers visiting the...

Toy shop chain The Entertainer brings Pennies to the high street

2 Aug 2011 The Pennies Foundation has launched Pennies, the electronic charity box onto the UK high street for the first time with children’s toy shop, The Entertainer.  This independent 57- store chain is the first retailer to introduce Pennies on shop tills.  Customers have the choice to make...

IBM helps to accelerate growth of charity micro-donation channel Pennies

5 Jul 2011 Today Pennies, the electronic charity box, announces an agreement with IBM (NYSE: IBM) that will make enabling consumer micro-donation at the point of sale even easier, quicker and more efficient for High Street retailers. IBM is playing an active part in the growing micro-donation movement by...

Teamspirit Public Relations joins Pennies for a year-long campaign

29 Jun 2011 The Pennies Foundation has taken on Teamspirit Public Relations for a year-long campaign to promote Pennies, the electronic charity box which allows consumers to round up their purchases to the nearest pound for charity. Teamspirit will be working with Pennies on a pro-bono basis to win support...

Philanthropy Review encourages more people to give to charity

23 Jun 2011 The Philanthropy Review published its call to action, this week, with the aim of encouraging people to give more to charities.  The review placed emphasis on three key points which closely mirror Pennies aims: To make it easier for people to give To encourage giving To help make giving a social...

The Logic Group opens new retail avenues for Pennies

22 Jun 2011 The Pennies Foundation has joined forces with secure payment provider The Logic Group to make it easy for their retail clients to go live with Pennies. This collaboration is an important step forward in the adoption of micro-donations by retailers. The Logic Group, which is providing the payments...

Pennies scoops Technology4Good fundraising award

8 Jun 2011 The team at The Pennies Foundation is thrilled to announce that we have won our first award.  Yesterday at an event in London, hosted by BT, we won the award in the ‘fundraising’ category of the Technology4Good awards (T4G). In their first year, these awards have been set up to celebrate the work...

Pennies gains support of Davis Coffer Lyons

26 May 2011 The Pennies Foundation is delighted to receive the official support of Davis Coffer Lyons, leading specialist advisor to the leisure property sector for four decades. The company deals with all types of leisure property including restaurants, shopping centre food outlets, fast food units, bars,...

The Pennies Foundation included in Giving White Paper

24 May 2011 The Pennies Foundation welcomes the continued attention on the topic of giving to charity. We are pleased that Pennies, the electronic charity box, is mentioned in the Government’s White Paper as an example of a successful existing micro-donation channel. We have repeatedly said that micro-donation...

Pennies reaches £100,000 in funds raised since launch

21 May 2011 Pennies, the electronic charity box, has hit the £100,000 milestone in funds raised since launch in November 2010. The enthusiastic response of the public, with around 420,000 consumer donations in just over six months, proves that microdonations by card are an affordable ask that takes little...

Pennies survey finds donors prefer giving on spur of the moment, and charity boxes disappearing

28 Apr 2011 Donors increasingly like giving methods that don’t require long-term commitment, a survey commissioned by The Pennies Foundation has found. Respondents have resoundingly confirmed that not having to commit to regular donations, the ability to give small sums at the time of their choosing and to...

Pennies receives over 70,000 donations in March

12 Apr 2011 During the month of March, Pennies the electronic charity box received the highest amount in donations to date, with over £17,000 raised from more than 70,800 consumer donations.  Since going live five months ago, 322,000 consumer donations have been made through Pennies and, proving that those...

The Pennies Foundation appoints senior retailer as Trustee

28 Mar 2011 The Pennies Foundation, creator of the electronic micro-donation channel Pennies, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member to its Board of Trustees. Nick Wilkinson, former CEO of Dutch retailer Maxeda DIY, has joined the Board, bringing a wealth of retail sector and senior management...

Domino’s Pizza supports Comic Relief; Pennies at the UBM Responsible Partnerships Exhibition

16 Mar 2011 This week, between 14 and 21 March 2011, every penny donated by Domino’s Pizza customers through Pennies the electronic charity box will be distributed to Comic Relief. In the run up to and beyond Red Nose Day 2011, Domino’s Pizza is supporting Comic Relief by offering their customers the chance...

Pennies receives over 250,000 donations

1 Mar 2011 UK consumers are taking to the idea of charity micro-donations, reports independent micro-donation channel, Pennies. In the four months since Pennies went live with its electronic charity box (1 November), over 250,000 consumer donations have been made through its participating partners Domino’s...

Pennies hits 190,000 donations and £43,000 raised in three months

18 Feb 2011 UK consumers are clearly taking to the idea of charity micro-donations. In the three months since Pennies went live on 1 November, just over 190,000 consumer donations have been made through its first participating retailers. By rounding-up and giving their pennies, consumers have together already...

Pennies teams up with Zizzi for first ‘in-store’ launch

4 Jan 2011 Micro-donations to charity continue to gain momentum as Pennies, the electronic charity box, teams up with its third retailer in two months restaurant chain, Zizzi.  This is the first time the electronic charity box has been made available ‘in-store’, as to date Pennies has gone live online with...

The Pennies Foundation welcomes inclusion in ‘Giving’ Green Paper

29 Dec 2010 The Pennies Foundation welcomes its inclusion in the Government’s Green Paper ‘Giving’, published today, 29 December 2010. The idea of rounding up has been in existence for some years and The Pennies Foundation has been working since early 2009 to: turn a good idea into a simple, practical...

Pennies announces its second retailer and makes first donations to charities

7 Dec 2010 Pennies announces its second retailer and empties electronic charity box to give first donations after three weeks operation with Domino’s Pizza   Pennies, the electronic charity box, which went live with its first retailer, Domino’s Pizza, in early November, has today announced that it will also...

Pennies announces its second retailer and makes first donations to charities

7 Dec 2010 Pennies announces its second retailer and empties electronic charity box to give first donations after three weeks operation with Domino’s Pizza   Pennies, the electronic charity box, which went live with its first retailer, Domino’s Pizza, in early November, has today announced that it will also...

Pennies receives royal support from Prince Harry

23 Nov 2010 Pennies is delighted and proud to have received a royal ‘seal of approval’ from Princes Harry and William. Commenting about the electronic charity box, Prince Harry said: "Pennies' idea of using your card to pay into an electronic charity box is simple but brilliant.  It makes giving a few pence...

Electronic charity box extended from on-line to in-store through link up with technology partners YESpay and STS

15 Nov 2010 The Pennies Foundation has joined forces with Smart Technology Solutions (STS) and YESpay International (YESpay) to extend the Pennies proposition to retailers served by YESpay that operate both in-store and on-line.   This collaboration will make it simple for these retailers to switch the Pennies...

UK's first electronic charity box launches - Domino's Pizza leads the way

8 Nov 2010 Pennies, the electronic charity box launches across the UK today.  It is an easy, affordable, private and secure way for people to donate between 1 penny and 99 pence to UK charities, big and small, as they shop and pay by card. All the money that’s given will go to charity and just 8 pence a week...

People want to give change but charity boxes are getting rarer

3 Nov 2010 The Pennies Foundation has found that 9 in 10 adults in the UK give their coins to charity at least occasionally, but that this kind of giving seems to be on the wane.  This can be attributed to the finding that charity donation boxes are now seen less frequently on shop counters.   Four in ten...

The Pennies Foundation CEO speaks at Vendorcom conference

13 Jul 2010 Alison Hutchinson, CEO of The Pennies Foundation, spoke at the latest Quarterly Thought Leadership Conference in June 2010 hosted by Vendorcom at Silvermere, Surrey. Vendorcom is a membership organisation representing stakeholders across the cards and payments industry, including more than 350...

The Pennies Foundation speaks at Oxford Hub meeting

28 May 2010 Pennies founders invited to focal point for social enterprise and charitable activity at Oxford University We were delighted to be invited to participate in an event at the Oxford Hub on Thursday May 19, 2010. The Oxford Hub is the focal point for social enterprise and charitable activity at the...

The Pennies Foundation appoints new Trustees

19 May 2010 The Pennies Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees. Penny Lovell, Graham Edwards and Robert Leitão have joined the Board, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience, spanning the commercial and third sectors. Penny Lovell is...

Pennies supporter list tops 300

8 Mar 2010 The supporter group for The Pennies Foundation tops 300. Commenting, Chief Executive, Alison Hutchinson said: "Having so many senior, influential individuals and organisations across a range of sectors giving us their support, which often includes resources, time and expertise, is bringing us ever...

Consumer research shows growing support for 'Pennies'

1 Dec 2009 An online survey of more than 1,100 adults across the UK shows growing support from consumers An online survey of more than 1,100 adults across the UK shows growing support from consumers to give their electronic loose change to charity when paying for goods using plastic. Despite the economic...

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