European challenger bunq has today joined forces with five global charities to make it easier for people to make donations.

bunq’s new partner charities include One Acre Fund, Free a Girl, Terre des Hommes, Salt Farm Foundation and LittleBitz.

Ali Niknam, founder and CEO of bunq said: “At bunq we’re not just a bank. We’re here to make our user’s lives easier, and leave the world in a better place than when we started. That’s why we have partnered with 5 amazing charities with this launch.”

To coincide with the collaboration, bunq has launched a new app called Common Goals, which enables users to create a common donation goal and instantly share it – anyone can donate. In addition, before rolling it out to the masses, bunq asked its customers to test out the app.

Niknam continued:  “We asked our users for their feedback on our new app, and they didn’t disappoint. They told us they want a way to give back to the causes closest to their hearts with their like minded friends. And so Common Goals was born.”

Through the app, users can keep up-to-date on how much has been raised, and see the total donations given.

bunq’s new initiative is part of the bank’s effort to ‘make the world a better place’. Earlier this year, the challenger pledged to plant one million trees before March 2021.

About the charities

  • One Acre Fund – Most of the world’s poorest people are small-scale farmers. One Acre Fund has developed a unique solution to enable families to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. With significantly higher crop yields, they can build new prosperous lives.
  • Free a Girl – Free a Girl fights the commercial sexual exploitation of children by rescuing them out of prostitution, raising awareness among communities and actively help those susceptible to human trafficking and vulnerable families by guiding them towards a better future and providing education.
  • Terre des Hommes – Fights against child abuse, (online) sexual exploitation, child trafficking and child labour to ensure children can develop to their full potential in a safe environment.
  • Salt Farm Foundation – Shares and develops open-source and practical knowledge on salt-tolerant crops and saline agriculture methods with farmers worldwide, in an effort to combat salinization and to improve food security, with minimal impact on already scarce fresh water supplies.
  • LittleBitz – LittleBitz introduces direct giving of small amounts to those who need it most. Enabling them to build a better future. Cash travels fast and is cost-effective, stimulates local economies and increases the financial independence of the recipient.