Frequently Asked Questions
Giving Machines are unique vending machines in reverse. Instead of getting something for yourself, you give something to someone who needs it. They provide a fun and memorable way for the public to give to those in need.
Rather than buying candy or snacks for oneself, Giving Machines allow people to purchase an item for someone else—across town or around the world. After the payment process completes, a card representing the item drops into an enclosed display bin. The generous donor then leaves with a receipt and a feeling of joy and gratitude that no chocolate bar will ever equal.
Giving Machines offer a variety of essential items to assist those in need, such as meals and groceries), immunizations, personal hygiene kits, clean water, clothing, counselling services, educational assistance, medical care, and more.
Giving Machines accept credit card and mobile payments only (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.).
Participating organizations receive 100% of the collected funds and an itemized list of donor purchases. Over the next year, these organizations then acquire and deliver the goods and services to those in need. In some instances, substitutions for purchased items may be necessary to meet more significant demands; however, charities ensure substituted items remain within the same category as the original purchase.
Since the first Giving Machine launched in the USA in 2017, hundreds of thousands of people have generously contributed $15 million to assist those in need.
The organizations featured in the Giving Machine represent a variety of local causes—all with pressing needs. You might find a cause or item that resonates with you. As you give that gift, remember that your donation is truly helping someone in need.
If visiting a Giving Machine is not feasible, donations may be made directly to the participating nonprofit organizations, links to which can be found at GivingMachine.org.au.
The Giving Machines are a seasonal experience that runs during Christmastime. They’ll be open from 25 November through 28 December at Logan Hyperdome.