TapSimple raises £2m to power cashless charity fundraising
London startup will further its efforts to bring innovation to the voluntary sector
LONDON, JANUARY 2021—Feel-good fundraising platform TapSimple has raised £900,000 in an investment round as it continues to develop its technology to support charitable fundraising activity in an increasingly cashless world, taking its total fundraising to date to the £2m mark.
Investors in the round include Ecclesiastical, Lord Michael Spencer, Lord Mervyn Davies, Dominic Burke, and Anthony Bolton who join previous round investors including former NCVO chairman Sir Martyn Lewis.
Founded in 2018 by Alexander Coleridge and Tom Montague, TapSimple first launched with the Clip, a donation device that facilitates Contactless and Chip & Pin donations when paired with the TapSimple app, which helps charities raise more at a time when 73 per cent of charities are finding street giving is failing due to the decline of cash.
In 2020, TapSimple further developed its proposition by launching a Virtual Events Platform, which includes integrated video conferencing, ticketing and an online donation service designed to help charities engage with stakeholders, volunteers and donors online. Its sophisticated reporting dashboard can be leveraged to create campaigns, manage teams and volunteers, add Gift Aid and optimise donations.
The news comes after TapSimple announced it would be supporting retail giant Lidl with its fundraising efforts for the NSPCC by supplying its contactless fundraising technology.
The investment arrives following a period of rapid growth for the startup, which recently added Cancer Research UK to its portfolio of charity clients, and already supports major UK charities including Macmillan, the NSPCC, Children with Cancer UK and Christian Aid. TapSimple has signed 80 new clients since September and is paving the way for innovation in the voluntary sector. It is a proud Trusted Supplier of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Alex Coleridge, co-founder at TapSimple, commented:
“This raise confirms that now is the time for charities to embrace technological innovation and make charitable giving more accessible. As the fundraising environment changes, and consumer behaviour shifts, charities who adapt now will be in the best position to thrive.
Tom Montague, co-founder at TapSimple, added:
“We are very excited to be unlocking digital donations so these charities can continue to make hugely positive contributions to society. It is great to see the sector attracting investment at a time when new technology can make such a major difference for fundraisers.”
Charles Outhwaite, Chairman of TapSimple, said:
“It’s testament to the team at TapSimple led by Alex and Tom that the business has achieved its product milestones well ahead of forecast despite the obvious challenges in 2020. With 5 of the UK’s top 10 charities already using TapSimple’s suite of services we are well on our way to be the leading supplier of fundraising solutions to the voluntary sector.”
TapSimple is a feel-good fundraising platform founded in 2018 by Alexander Coleridge and Tom Montague. The platform’s products include Online Giving, Ticketing and Video Conferencing services as well as the ‘Clip’, a device that facilitates Contactless and Chip & Pin donations when paired with the TapSimple app. A proud Trusted Supplier of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, TapSimple makes fundraising accessible for individuals and organisations in the voluntary sector, helping them to manage volunteers, apply Gift Aid and ultimately raise more donations in an increasingly cashless society.