Dogs Trust Launches Debit Card with Fintech Currensea to Boost Donations as Cost-of-living Crisis Piles Pressure on Animal Shelters
- Credit Cards
- 02.03.2023 01:00 pm
Dogs Trust, one of the UK’s largest animal welfare charities, has launched a debit card in partnership with Currensea, enabling members to make charitable donations each time they spend at home or abroad, helping raise vital funds for the charity to help dogs in need.
Using open banking, the new Dogs Trust by Currensea card links to existing bank accounts and will be available to anyone wishing to support Dogs Trust, by opting to donate to the charity when spending in the UK and overseas. Donations can be made by rounding up spending to the nearest 50p or £1 in the UK, and also when spending abroad.
Currensea allows users to save at least 85% - and up to 100% - on every transaction abroad by removing the normal fees leveraged by banks and other card providers, and Dog’s Trust supporters are able to donate some or all of these savings. For example, a user spending $1500 while visiting the USA can choose to contribute 50% of their savings – which would equate to more than £20 – while still saving money.
All of the donations made using the new Dogs Trust by Currensea card will help the charity care for dogs in need of a loving home. The UK’s largest canine charity cares for around 14,000 dogs every year, and also provides support and guidance from training and behaviour experts to dog-owners who need a helping hand.
Owen Sharp, CEO at Dogs Trust, said: “We have always been incredibly grateful to our supporters enabling us to be there for dogs, and we understand that donating to charity in the current climate may be an additional financial stretch. Through the new Dogs Trust by Currensea card, our supporters have the option to easily donate by rounding up their spending, without having the pressure of a regular contribution.
“This new way of giving from small change will make a big difference to dogs lives, ensuring that we are here to offer the advice, training and support dog owners need to care for their dogs, and to help dogs in need of new homes.”
James Lynn, Co-Founder of Currensea, comments: “The cost-of-living crisis is piling pressure on charities such as Dogs Trust – forcing desperate owners to give up their beloved pets due to financial struggles whilst simultaneously seeing existing donors reduce their donations. This partnership will be vital in driving funding to support the charity’s welfare and rehoming work, whilst also acting as a useful benefit for supporters ensuring they can both save money and donate to a cause they care about.
“As a nation, we love our dogs - there are an estimated 12 million in the UK so we know they have a special space in the hearts of many. This is a great opportunity for dog-lovers to support dogs in need through donations to Dogs Trust, whilst saving themselves money.
“Supporters can donate to Dogs Trust when using the Currensea card at home and abroad - by rounding up UK transactions and donating a portion of the foreign exchange fee savings they make on overseas transactions. Importantly, as the card connects directly to existing current accounts, users can simply opt to donate savings to charity instantly and automatically. Partnering with Currensea’s powered by programme is an innovative option for charities looking to increase engagement with their existing supporters, boost donations and attract donors.”
Dogs Trust is the latest charity to partner with Currensea’s unique ‘powered by’ programme, launched in Q4 2021, which allows charities to issue branded cards to supporters and increase donations. Other partners include:
- Royal Society of Medicine - a global membership organisation of 20,000 healthcare professionals
- Royal Trinity Hospice - the oldest hospice in the UK
- St Martin-in-the-Fields Trust - which works with many of London’s most vulnerable communities