GoPay spokeswoman Winny Triswandhani, left, and the head of NU's philanthropic arm NU Care-Lazisnu, Achmad Sudrajat, right, show off a charity box printed with the QRIS code. (JG Photo/Diana Mariska)

NU and Gojek Collaborate on Digital Donation Platform


DECEMBER 17, 2019

Jakarta. Ride-hailing company Gojek and Indonesia's largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama, or NU, have collaborated on a new system to allow Indonesians to make donations to NU charities using the company's electronic payment service GoPay. 

A GoPay "QR Code Indonesian Standard" (QRIS) will be printed on donation boxes labeled "Koin NU" (NU Coins). People can make their donations digitally by scanning the QR code with their smartphones. The donations will be managed by NU. 

Donation or charity boxes, called kotak infaq, are a common sight in Indonesia, passed around among mosque visitors during Friday prayers or taking up whatever space is left in a minimarket cashier. 

Koin NU is a charity campaign to collect donations from NU members to be used in community development. The campaign has been a success in several regions in Indonesia already. 

So far it has collected enough funds to build the Sidowaras NU Hospital in Sragen, Central Java, and renovate a halfway house for the poor and the disenfranchised. 

Achmad Sudrajat, the head of NU's philanthropic arm NU Care-Lazisnu, said he hoped the collaboration could attract even more people to donate to NU charities.  

"This will not only make it easier for people to donate. It will also help us to reach out to more donors," Achmad said at the NU headquarters in Jakarta on Tuesday.

QRIS is a QR code standard approved by the central bank, Bank Indonesia. A single QRIS can be used on more than one e-money platforms, making it no longer necessary to issue multiple QR codes to make payments to a single account. 

Gojek and NU's digital donation program kicked off in April this year, still using the old-style multiple QR codes. 

GoPay spokeswoman Winny Triswandhani said they had only started using the QRIS-stamped donation boxes in Semarang, Central Java, with around 2000 boxes already distributed.