Dear Charities,

please, please, PLEASE stop using street canvassers. I get your problem, in these difficult times it is getting harder to fund raise, but for me personally it can actually put me off giving to your charity.

Take today for example, I popped out for nappies, a trip that takes 10 minutes on foot. During my mission I was approached 4 times by charity canvassers, using fairly aggressive techniques, either addressing my child in the pushchair, or blocking my path and shouting ‘Hey Mummy of the Year’ or some such rubbish at me. They then have the audacity to try and make you feel guilty by pulling the ‘But it is for charity’ card out of the bag if you dismiss them.

I give to charity. I give regular amounts to two, and often sponsor friends/family in their fund raising endeavours, as well as donating clothes and goods to charity shops, and making one off donations into collection tins. None of the above makes me feel harassed or stressed, rather they give me a small warm glow of do-gooding.

Being followed down the high street by a gang of marauding pushy holiday rep type characters dressed in logo covered bomber jackets or tabards just makes me angry. And you know what, angry doesn’t make me feel very generous.

I think charities do an INCREDIBLE job, and I have given some of them space on the blog to promote their fund raising, and will do again. I will also continue to support charities of my own choosing in my own way. What I will never do is hand over my bank details to a gang of strangers outside my local shops. But the fact that their numbers seem to be increasing presumably means other people do?!? Have you ever done it?!?

Love Miss grumpy Cisco XXX

MummyBarrow
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  1. Anonymous
    May 9, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    Some years ago I used to telephone people to get them to deliver and collect donation envelopes in their street. It used to take 12 people to say yes before any money found its way to the charity. The rest was to keep our company in business. I spoke to people whose neighbours now hid from them. Charity fundraising can be a racket.

    As a socialist I also believe that people should pay taxes based on their incomes to pay for services and a caring society. A view that is frightening to the UKIP voting proletariat of today 🙂

    I shudder at the Government encouraging Volunteering as a way of companies avoiding paying people proper wages and shrinking the public sector. Those poor people having to hound you on the streets like beggars on behalf of the impoverished or sick is a sad reflection on our society.

    On Saturday our do is to raise funds for Macmillan and I can proudly say that every bit of money raised is going to the charity. The Soundman, the bands (with your other half in 2 of them), the Venue, the people on the door and everyone who gave prizes have done it for free. But in return for that gift of either time or money I hope we shall be paid by having a bloody good time. Also I think Macmillan provides a specialised service that would never be provided by the public sector realistically.

    As for the street charity workers as The Stranglers might say Walk On By……

    Lots of Love Shiv xxx

    • Sonya Cisco
      May 9, 2013 / 3:24 pm

      Absolutely spot on Shiv! (you really must start your own blog!)

      I LOVE events like yours this Saturday- people giving their own time and effort to raise money for a very worthy cause, this is a perfect example of good fundraising! And I do walk on by, after firmly telling them I do not wish to speak to them, but I resent having to go against my naturally polite nature just to avoid being harrassed!

  2. SarahMummy
    May 9, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    I absolutely don’t give to these people! The way they act is close to harrassment, in my opinion! I put my head down and cross the street to avoid them as they shout ‘pleasantries’ after me. Like you, I give to charities in lots of ways – the charities I choose, when I choose to give.

  3. May 9, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    It’s a sensitive subject as it’s charity so you are made to feel bad for feeling negative about them yet they are also a right annoyance!
    If they have a pot or bucket and they shake it then I walk far away from them as that’s actually not allowed by law because it’s considered a way of guilt tripping people into giving money. I’ve had them call me nice things (usually saying something about my cool hair colour or about my son) and I’ll politely tell them I’m busy at the moment and either say I have an appointment to get to, will come back later to chat, already make a monthly donation to their charity… whatever I can think of that will work to get away. Tends to work although the already donating sometimes doesn’t work as they ask you to state their name as they get paid per person they get on board.
    I love doing my bit for charity and it is why I’m doing a sponsored buggy walk for Lullaby Trust in September but I’m not going to stand in town or knock or doors harassing people as it’s just not my style. Wish something could be done about it!

  4. Older Mum
    May 9, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    Found myself nodding my head to every word of this… it really puts me off too – I would rather donate on line than give in to someone thrusting the money pot in my face!

    • Older Mum
      May 9, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      Ps. I didn’t mean to sound grumpy and miserly, I really love the work charities do, I just would rather give on my terms.

    • Sonya Cisco
      May 10, 2013 / 11:56 am

      Same here, charities are fab, I just really dislike aggressive fundraising!

  5. Fives A Fellowship
    May 9, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    I’ll tell you what’s even worse – the ones that come knocking on your door at tea time! By that time I’m usually in my PJs, look like crap and have had food lobbed at my head. The last thing I want to do is go and open my door and listen to a student on a summer job, with the enthusiasm of an Apple Store assistant, try to persuade me to give away money that I don’t have. I’m with Older Mum in that I give when I feel that I can, when I can.

    • Sonya Cisco
      May 10, 2013 / 11:57 am

      Same here, I support charities of my choice, on my own terms! Haven’t had any knock on the door since living here thankfully!

  6. Kara Guppy
    May 10, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    I keep getting charities knock on my door and it makes me feel really uncomfortable!
    I understand that they need funding, but I often feel harassed and bullied by them as they refuse to leave.
    Hubby just tells them to bugger off – maybe I need his approach!

  7. Mummy Barrow
    May 10, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    I get really grumpy about this too. And did you know that it is illegal to shake a collection tin? And to collect in open buckets that are no sealed?

    Having done my bit for charity this year (and in fact every year, including being a volunteer for Victim Support) I refuse to be made to feel guilty when a tin is shoved under my nose and I politely decline.

    We all do our bit for charity in our own ways and I would far rather donate a fiver to a friend who is doing something sponsored so that Gift Aid can be added than stick a quid in a tin and get a sticker.

  8. Jess
    May 10, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    Some really good points here!I think a polite no is the best option,we all know in our hearts what we do or dont do for charities and its our choice I guess.

  9. May 10, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    I raise money for Myeloma UK and have worked for Oxfam, so whilst I am a huge supporter of charities, I LOATHE chuggers, as we call the street charity workers. It can’t be a fun job, but it is SO annoying. I try to be polite, and say no, and thank you, but it does irritate me when they hassle me!

  10. Kate @craftsonsea
    May 11, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    I hate, hate, hate chuggers. Apparently it takes two years for the charity to get any money because of the fees and staff costs of the organisation? Rubbish!!

  11. Kath Bee
    May 12, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    Here, here. I will never give to a chugger. I really hate it when they knock on my door (despite a sign telling them not to) they always knock at teatime or bath time. I point at the sign and tell them if they had learned to read they could get a proper job

  12. May 13, 2013 / 9:41 am

    Completely agree with you. They can be very aggressive. I signed up to something once on the street – probably about 7 or 8 years ago when chuggers were really just starting out. They caught me on a bad day and I gave all my details, but then when I got home I was so mad with myself that i immediately cancelled it again.

    I will confess that if I’m walking through town now and I spot one up ahead, I whip my phone out and pretend to be talking on it to avoid them trying to start a conversation with me – it’s the only thing that seems to work.

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    June 12, 2013 / 10:33 pm

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