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    I don't remember the name of the Charity to be honest. She was wearing a blue shirt with a logo on it but I forgot what it said as soon as I saw it.

    I did a quick google but couldn't find anything.

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    I hope she didnt steal it
    I despise being forced into signing up to direct debits for charities.I wont do it,I cant afford it (did get suckered into WWF for awhile LOL)
    And I hate when I offer a one off donation and the smallest amount is $20! Its so off putting.If everyone gave a few dollars here and there.it would def help!! $20 is alot to some ppl (heck thats pretty much my petrol for a week!!!)
    Sadly charities are getting more annoying..I just help out where I can,donate my stuff to Vinnies etc,throw change in when I come across collection tins etc

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    Yep, unfortunately a lot of charities (especially phone ones) are run by businesses to make funds for the real charity. The business hands over 100% of profit to the charity and the charity pays them a prearranged commission (98% in some cases).

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    That's horrible OP!

    If charities approach me at home, phone or door, I always explain to them that I allocate our significant charitable donations to different charities at the beginning of each financial year & if they would like to be considered they are welcome to send me some literature on their charity and hopefully I can contribute to them in next financial year. I'm a real live by a budget person & we donate a percentage of our income so it's just easier to sort it out at each financial year. There are so many charities & I try to be fair and help a couple of different ones each year.

    Of course the ones like salvos door knock, good friday collection etc I always donate some cash I have on me.

    I just think in this day & age with so many scammers out there charities should not expect people to sign up to something over the phone or with a stranger on a doorstep. Or maybe I'm just to skeptical!

    Plus I think it's rude to put someone on the spot & ask for a significant donation, you never know what a persons circumstance could be & it's unfair to expect anyone to make a donation.

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    Wow that's horrible. I donate to animal charities but that's all. People are too ungrateful.

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    I fully agree with everyone here. I was approached by a charity a couple of years ago with the direct debit thing and was really struggling after 6 months unemployment. I had a few dollars in my pocket and offered that but they refused.

    I think the charities are doing themselves harm by refusing smaller donations and only accepting direct debit. Families are struggling so much and can't afford to make such a huge commitment ($20 a month is a lot of money). You are well within your rights to be angry at that lady's response. It was rude and ungrateful and completely in appropriate.

    I now donate physical items such as old clothes and a gift for a young boy and girl each Xmas for the Kmart Xmas tree and that is it. Money is just too hard to come by and if my smaller donation isn't enough then too bad I'm afraid.


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    How horrible

    I hope you remember the charity name. This attitude really deters people from donating.

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    Thanks everyone. I seriously don't think I'll remember the name now. I've done a google although it was half hearted. I'll just chalk this one up to experience. The suggestions on this thread on how to respond to charities has been very helpful, thank you.

    However it will be a very long time before I donate to any charity again. Especially as it seems sadly common that whatever one might offer is not enough.

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    Actually that sounds dodgy to me. They are supposed to have id and give you a receipt for tax deduction. There are scammers who pretend to be collecting for charity but are collecting for their own purse. Be thankful you didn't give out bank details and sign over any direct debit authority. I'm very wary of door to door people now after some friends were scammed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    If she was trying to sign you up for something, then she was probably narky because she can't get commission from your donation. The 'charity workers' who are signing you up are usually paid and get paid based on how many people they sign up which is why most of them do a hard sell. They aren't really doing it because they are passionate about the cause.
    I was about to say the same thing. The majority of people you see in the street or door knocking asking you to to donate $x per month are from a sales company earning a commission. She was probably annoyed because it meant she lost her commission, and she probably just pocketed the money. She sounds like such a mole.


 

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