Electronic Collection Box (2001)

Karen Knols

Supervisory Team
Jan Jacobs
Dico Smit
Truus Wilmink

Stichting Bio Kinderrevalidatie
Willem van Tuyll van Serooskerken

Design a collection box for both cash and electronic donations, this was Karen Knols’ brief. Accepting debit or credit card donations would involve bank fees, plus high costs for mobile data. The Dutch Chipknip-system was the most affordable option, as donations could be retrieved at the end of each day.

Knols merged a card reader and box into one, and also took pains to arrange all the necessary components in such a way that the collection box was balanced for good portability. She also positioned the buttons and screen so as to be usable for both the collector and the donor. Once she’d finished her prototype, Knols took it out on the streets for a successful trial collection.

As the Netherlands’s biggest charities usually collect during consecutive weeks, Knols suggested charities could recoup their investment by sharing the easily customisable Electronic Collection Box.

Easycollect Services’ Collecte 2.0 accepts cash and debit card donations, but the costs involved can be a barrier to smaller charities. Collection boxes combined with QR-codes are an emerging alternative and have already been used by some Dutch charities, like KWF.