SnapDonate transforms your phone into a ‘magic lens’ able to recognise charity logos. This empowers you to help good causes when you are inspired to give, no matter where you are.

Change without coins

Wouldn’t it be fab to be able to donate to charity even if you had no cash with you? The next time a good cause inspires you, step forward SnapDonate, the free app for giving on the go. Point your phone at your choice of charity logo and – in a snap – you will have helped.

Magic Lens

SnapDonate is like a ‘magic lens’ for making quick one-off gifts to charity. There are no SMS numbers nor QR codes to fiddle with. And it works everywhere: whether out in the street, on a train, or from your sofa.

Solid foundations

This was created by the SnapDonate Foundation, a new not-for-profit entity that aims to keep impulse giving alive in an increasingly cashless society. This is all possible due to the passion of people who believe that tomorrow will be brighter if we pull together. Join our mission to make the world a better place. One donation at a time.

At launch, the app recognises dozens of logos but can send donations to more than 13,000 UK charities with the app’s search tool


Donate on impulse – is this [SnapDonate] the most significant trend in the sector?

– The Guardian

This is very smart

– The Next Web

The app works offline too, with any donations pledged stored until the phone regains a mobile data or wi-fi connection

– The Sunday Times

Might this app be a better way of nudging people towards making more charity donations?

– Ed Conway, Sky News Economics Editor

It’s getting easier to be nice – SnapDonate allows the public to donate by simply snapping their logo

– The Drum

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Recognised charities

Recognised charities

Action Aid
Action for Blind People
Action for Children
Action for Kids
Age UK
Alzheimers Society
Amnesty International
Asthma UK
Bath Cats & Dogs Home
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
BBC Children in Need
Blind Veterans UK
Blood Pressure UK
Blue Cross
Body & Soul
Bowel Cancer UK
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Care
British Heart Foundation
British Polio Fellowship
British Red Cross Society
Campaign Against Living Miserably
Cancer Research UK
Cats Protection
Caudwell Children
Children with Cancer
Children’s Society

Children’s Trust
Christian Aid
Citizens Advice
Comic Relief
Compassion UK
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Dogs Trust
Donkey Sanctuary
Eden Project
Elimination of Leukaemia Fund
Farms for City Children
Friends of the Earth
Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity
Guide Dogs
Help for Heroes
Independent Age
Lothian Autistic
Macmillan Cancer Support
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Mind – The Mental Health Charity
National Autistic Society
National Trust
Noah’s Ark Children Hospice
Nordoff Robbins
Plan UK

Pratham UK
Prince’s Trust
Prostate Cancer UK
RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Room to Read
Royal British Legion
RSPCA (England and Wales)
Salvation Army
Save the Children
Spinal Research
Stroke Association
Sue Ryder
Support Adoption for Pets
Teenage Cancer Trust
The Big Issue Foundation
The Silver Line
Wildlife Trusts
Wood Green Animal Shelters
World Vision
Zoological Society of London

(More logos always being added)

About us

The app was created by the SnapDonate Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that aims to keep impulse giving alive in an increasingly cashless society. This is all possible due to the passion of people who believe that tomorrow will be brighter if we pull together.

Mark Warrick, Founder

After winning the Young Engineer of Great Britain at the age of 16, Mark became a Royal Navy Engineer. Despite this, he’s all about sharing the love and spent many years as a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK during which time he created the award-winning ‘Busking Cancer’ initiative. Aside from founding SnapDonate, Mark is the Chief Design Officer at Thought Machine.


Alex Pell,
Strategy Director

As the former technology editor of The Sunday Times and prior to that, the editor of Stuff Magazine, Alex genuinely understands what makes people want to engage with apps and gadgets – or not. He brings this knowledge to bear on everything SnapDonate does to ensure that it remains something people can relate to. Alex is also the driving force behind Dashboard Media, a London-based alliance of creative professionals.

Robin Dhara,
Product & Partnerships

Robin is best described as a super-connector for innovation. He exists in his own personal lighting storm to shape the partnership and communications programme for SnapDonate. Previously, his company RedRobin worked with brands such as Vimeo, Google, The Wired Conference and TED. Robin holds the position of Communications Director of TEDx London, the independently organised offshoot of the TED Conferences.

Emma Mulqueeny,

Emma is the founder and CEO of Rewired State and Young Rewired State, an ongoing project that fosters UK developers to help solve real-world problems. She is a Commissioner for the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy and also a Google Fellow. Emma was voted onto the Wired 100 list and is one of the top ten Tech Heroes for Good by NESTA.


What is SnapDonate?

SnapDonate is a new ‘magic lens’ app that enables you to make quick one-off donations to your choice of charity even if you have no cash on you.

How does it work?

Point your phone at a charity logo and the app will automatically recognise it. You then select the amount to donate and this is then securely sent to your chosen charity.

How much can I give at once?

You decide. The current minimum is £2.

Are my financial details safe?

Yes. Any payment details (i.e. PayPal or credit card) are held by the payment platform such as JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving, which have world-class security standards.

Will the app work offline?

Yes. You can snap a charity logo and tell the app how much you want to donate while offline. These requests are stored in a ‘To Do’ list you complete once you have internet access again.

Does SnapDonate take a fee from my donation?

No. SnapDonate does not take any fee. The donation processor such as JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving may take a fee.

Who is behind this project?

The app was created by the SnapDonate Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that aims to keep impulse giving alive in a cashless society.

I don't live in the UK. Can I use the app?

Yes. The app accepts payments made anywhere in the world. Be aware, though, that if you donate to a charity with an international presence, the funds will go to its UK operation.