$14 million in 15 minutes: Connect&GO powers charity fundraising frenzy

A leader in access and payment technology solutions, Connect&GO, helped a San Francisco charity raise a staggering $14 million in just 14 minutes thanks to RFID technology.

tipping point community charity logoEach of the 1,000 guests at the high-profile event in aid of the city’s Tipping Point Community was given an RFID wristband. Anyone who wanted to make a pledge during the live auction simply had to raise their hand. A volunteer would then visit their table and scan the wristband. As each donation was made, the donor’s name appeared instantly on a giant screen for all to see.

Tipping Point Community is a non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty in the Bay Area. The charity has so far raised $150 million to educate, employ, house and support the 1.3 million people struggling to meet their own basic needs.

The event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium was supported by many key figures from within the arts and business worlds. The guest list included Kirsten Green (one of Forbes’ Top 100 Influential women), Evan Williams, Co-Founder of Twitter, Mark Pincus, Founder of Zynga, and Jimmy Garoppolo, the new quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Past projects include cashless payments via E-Skin tattoos

“We are thrilled to see our technology being used for remarkable organisations such as Tipping Point, but also for foundations that are closer to home, like Montreal’s Science Center,” said Dominic Gagnon, Co-Founder of Connect&GO.

The company has said it aims to help foundations raise $100M for charitable causes over the coming months.

Connect&GO is an innovative leader in providing RFID solutions for the leisure, sports and entertainment industries.

Past projects include the provision of E-Skin tattoos for the Universal Studios and CityWalk VIP New Year’s Eve party in Orlando. Guests were able to link the tattoos to their credit cards, allowing them to make cashless purchases on-site just by tapping the tattoo on their finger at each vendor’s scanner.