At kościele św. Maksymiliana Marii Kolbego you can now find a device that allows for cashless ‘donations’ for any amount by credit card, debit card or smartphone.
Together with the economic office of the Archdiocese of Krakow, we have prepared a device that allows you to make donations in a non-cash way – using a card, telephone, smartwatch and which does not require the involvement of an additional staff member to operating the terminal – says Karol Sobczyk, leader of the Krakow community “Głos na Pustyni”, originator and responsible for the implementation of terminals in the Archdiocese of Krakow.
The terminals has the form of an ATM. The device allows you to indicate or enter the amount of the money you’d like to donate yourself, select the purpose for which the funds will be allocated and transfer these funds through a contactless transaction. Confirmation of this operation is optional and is sent by SMS to the donor’s phone number.
The device is personalized. – We can make a device adequate to the aesthetics of the church interior, and each pastor can easily decide what appears on the device’s display, including indicate the purposes for which the donor will be able to donate (e.g. church maintenance, renovation of the presbytery, helping the poor ) – explains Karol Sobczyk. The terminal has different language versions. It is modeled on similar devices already operating in many European countries (among others in Spain, France, England, Italy or Hungary).
A grassroots idea of Catholic communities
The project was implemented by a team of people actively involved in Krakow Catholic communities who want to jointly support the Church with their experience and professional contacts, so that they can serve in the development of the Church and strengthen its financing. – We ourselves carry out various projects in the financial and electronics industry as part of our jobs or activities. Here, we wanted to meet the need communicated to us by lay faithful and priests to create opportunities for making non-cash offerings – says Karol Sobczyk.
– We wanted not only to help in the implementation of the project for the Church, but we wanted to co-create it with the Church from scratch – says Karol Sobczyk and emphasizes that the prototype of the device was consulted with the economic office of the Archdiocese of Krakow. – So that the final solution can be a tool of the Church, created by the faithful for the faithful – adds the leader of “Voice in the Desert”. From the economic office, many lay people and priests associated with Krakow parishes and communities joined the preparation and implementation of the project, and from the operational side FirstData, the world leader in electronic payments.
The project was approved by Archbishop. Marek Jędraszewski, who agreed to introduce devices to the parish of the Archdiocese of Krakow and place them in the vestibules of churches. Officers were presented to priests during the district congregations for priests of the Archdiocese of Krakow, but the offer was also presented to the economists of other dioceses.
– Since then, we have been preparing victims for placement in Krakow parishes and places of worship, as well as the first device of this type for an NGO. So far, the project has received many positive opinions, also among religious congregations. We receive inquiries about the possibility of its assembly in various parts of Poland – informs Karol Sobczyk.