Link ATMs will Allow Charity donations

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Bank customers will be able to make donations to charity at 12,000 cash machines in the UK, under changes being launched in the summer.

This initiative is part of the government's efforts to boost charitable giving and follows a consultation with UK banks.

ATMs owned by Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank Machine, with 8,000 outlets, will be the first to offer the new service, with other banks expected to follow. Customers will be able to donate up to £250 to a selection of eight different charities from June 2012.

Bank Machine, with 4,000 outlets, received expressions of interest in the service from 550 different charities and the final selection will be made by an independent panel. The new donation system will eventually be available at the 64,000 cash machines in the Link network.

HSBC has been successfully offering a similar service at its cash machines for a number of years and collected £341,623 for charity in 2010. In addition, its customers can claim gift aid, a feature that may not be available on the Link system.

Offering the service through the Link system will allow around 100 million cards to be used to make donations through ATMs and the enduring popularity of ATMs means that charities are likely to derive substantial benefit from the new scheme.

Bank Machine is selecting the charities that will benefit from donations given through its network of ATMs. RBS will select about eight charities in June, when the scheme goes live.