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?!?