Donation Meters

Re-using donation meters for a good cause.

In 2008 the City of Denver decided to actively fight homelessness. A study conducted by the City of Denver found that citizens gave $4.5 million per year directly to homeless people where 99% of these donations then go towards drug and alcohol purchases.

Denvers Road home partnered with individuals, institutions and the Denver government to propose solution to this problem. It should encompass the engagement of citizen while reallocating the donations toward counseling, transportation, food, shelter and job training programs for those in need.

The program uses nonfunctioning parking meters as donation ‘piggy banks’ where individuals can deposit spare change. The concept has found widespread support. The result, within the first month, is a total of 16.411 coins equal $2,000 was collected for donation.

Source: (Pilloton, Emily, Design revolution: 100 products that empower people, Bellerophon Publications Inc., 2009)

Image1 (Davis, Kelly, Movin’ Home parking-meter program, available at, accessed 06.11.2012)
Image2 (Marc, Denvers Road Home, available at accessed 06.11.2012)
Image3 (Knight, Heather, How homeless meters fare elsewhere, available at accessed 06.11.2012)