We are so proud to have been working with San Francisco’s Tipping Point Community for the past few years, bringing RFID technology to their annual benefit gala. Each year, the glamorous event is held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to raise funds to support the Tipping Point Community’s fight against poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year, the organization raised over $14M in just 14 minutes, thanks to Connect&GO’s innovative RFID solutions for gathering donation pledges quickly and efficiently.

Guests at the high-profile event were given RFID wristbands they could scan to make instant pledges for donations. Wristbands were linked to personalized online profiles that contained contact info for each guest. During the live auction, guests simply raised their hands to have a volunteer visit their table with a handheld scanner. After selecting the amount they wanted to donate, the guest scanned their wristband to make an instant pledge to donate. Each time a guest donated, their name appeared on a giant screen at the front of the lavish dining room. Guests watched as the amount of funds raised, quickly grew to an unprecedented total. The frictionless RFID donation process resulted in a record amount raised in an exceptionally short period of time.

Well-known figures within the arts and business worlds were present for the annual gala event, including: Kirsten Green (one of Forbes’ Top 100 Influential women), Evan Williams, Co-Founder of Twitter, Mark Pincus, Founder of Zynga and Co-Founder of Twitter, and Jimmy Garoppolo, the new quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

“We are thrilled to see our technology being used for remarkable organizations such as Tipping Point, but also for foundations that are closer to home, like Montreal’s Science Center,” said Dominic Gagnon, Co-Founder of Connect&GO.

In the coming months, Connect&GO aims to help foundations raise $100M for charitable causes and also to build upon international growth with major projects signed with clients around the world.