Charities Aggressive Fund Raising

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CHARITIES - Aggressive fund raising

Date: 15th October 2013

 

I haven’t had time to write any blogs recently but I was quite incensed just now and so broke off writing a speech for a Prize Giving I’m attending tomorrow and decided to give vent to my feelings.

I read that in the current recession Charities are having a hard time. Might I suggest that this could in part be due to their aggressive techniques.

The other evening I was moved by a TV advert to donate by text the £5 asked for by one of the best and most deserving causes of which I can think. I am not awash with funds and have a regular subscription to a couple of local charities.

I was not at all happy today to receive an unsolicited call from a young lady who had the cheek to address me as ‘My love’ (I’m probably old enough to be her grandmother and I do not like that kind of matey approach) and it was obvious that she wanted to elicit some kind of ‘sign up’ for a regular donation. (I greatly object to all this familiarity and the use of first names.  I understand this originated in the States - don't most things - and part of it is a ploy to create a cosy atmosphere so that if you have a grievance you can't get half as angry with someone with whom you are on first name terms.  Don't know if this is true but it makes sense.  And I object to total strangers embracing me with the French kiss on both cheeks. )

I told her in no uncertain terms that I have no intention of signing up to anything regular  and I’m afraid the experience will put me off donating my humble £5 to any charity in future.

Whilst on the subject, are your put off when you receive begging letters and there are the boxes for £50, £25, £15, and other? I know I feel like a cheapskate if I tick the other box and only send a fiver – consequently I now don’t contribute at all.  In fact, in the past I used to agonise over which charities to send money and they would sit on the kitchen shelf - now they all go in the bin without reading.  These unsolicited mails are designed to pull at our heart-strings and they certainly do.

Many years ago I decided to contribute to the RSPB - only the £25 annual fee - and then I was inundated with glossy brochures, catalogues etc. which must have eaten well into the money I'd given.  I happened to meet one of the chief executives and expressed my concern but was told that although it cost a small fortune, this kind of marketing did bring in funds.

Is it only me - or are others put off by what I see as ‘aggressive’ money raising for charity.

I come from a generous family and though none of us are rich we all contribute in a small way. My father, rapidly approaching the age of 99, blind and living on a small pension has regularly contributed to charity. However recently, on reading of the huge salaries paid to the CEO’s of Charities, he has decided that he will keep the money in his own pocket.
I know the argument – ‘We have to pay top money to get the best’ but my feeling is that if you work for a charity part of your gift to that charity is to take a lesser salary than you would in the commercial world.  Am I being too altruistic?

The money raised by my appearance in 'I'm a Celebrity get me out of here' came to a healthy £26,000 which was sent to my designated charity.  Six months later I enquired as to whether or not they had received the money.  My  or ITV's £26,000 had 'slipped through the net for a note of thanks' - so it doesn't really matter whether it's £5 or thousands, they are dealing in big bucks and we little donaters don't appear to matter.

I shall continue to donate to Crisis at Christmas - of course they, like all other charities, would like more but you always get a Thank you and I get the feeling that most of the money they raise really does go to the homeless at Christmas.

If I were to come into money, a large amount would go to Charities but, for the moment with ever increasing costs, a fixed pension, and derisory interest on savings, I shall continue to give my paltry donation of £5 here and there and hope that I don't get a follow up.

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