Do you think charities are too aggressive when it comes to raising money?

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Four of Britain’s best-known charities are facing serious allegations of pursuing vulnerable people to raise funds, according to the BBC and Daily Mail.

The NSPCC, British Red Cross, Oxfam and Macmillan Cancer Support are accused of calling people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), which bars unsolicited sales calls. All of these charities are taking the allegations seriously and are investigating them further.

Do you receive many letters from charities requesting donations from you?  Are you concerned about how much money charities spend trying to raise money using donated funds to do so?

What is your experience of charities phoning you to try and persuade you to donate money over the phone?  Do you feel pressured by these calls?  Do you dread answering the phone in your own home?

Do you think charities are too aggressive when it comes to raising money?

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tedith
14th Aug 2015
1
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I have direct debits for cancer research and macmillan. If anyone phones asking for an increase I offer to cancel my DD and donate elsewhere-no further phone calls. I return any 'gifts' to the charity involved in their pre paid envelope without a donation. The idea is to make people feel guilty-something for nothing- so will donate.
SHOEFLY
2nd Aug 2015
2
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i have only given to air ambulance, lifeboats and help 4 heroes, i am not making charity directors wealthy.
bavarian325
1st Aug 2015
1
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I used to work for a charity and no matter how much money the had in the bank and property the owned they did nothing for nothing no matter how desperate the people where , it gad to grant aided work or it wouldn't get done , it put me right of giving , this charity has approx 30 million in the bank that money will never be spent in a 100! Years disgracefully really , after all is paid for people transport etc what ever is left may go to a good cause in some cases but not the charity I worked for.
robc54
23rd Jul 2015
0
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There are many charities that are fully worthwhile causes and it seems that it is their own success that drives them to these collecting companies that are causing the problem. They charities themselves just don't seem able to meet demand so they bring in outside help. If you want to support your chosen charity without the hassle then do as I do - I support RNIB and Guide Dogs (as my partner is blind), RNLI becuase I admire their bravery and commitment and Help For Heroes. I do it by using the collecting pots at the various counters or when collectors are in the supermarket. This way I can make my donation when I choose to without the hassle of mail and telephone pestering.
tips23a
21st Jul 2015
2
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I did give to several charities, until I found out that ''the boss'' is on over £150,000 as are several other charity heads. I know you need the best people BUT people are giving money, all they have to do is give it out ? Plus the raffle tickets used to be a book of 10, now its a book of 12. Sorry but charity now begins at home, local charities now benefit. It is not charity any more its business, and that's to make money, and it would appear any way they can.
jeaniembe
20th Jul 2015
2
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I have a rule I stick to. I do not sign up for anything over the phone, via the post or at the door. There is hardly a day goes by when I don't receive raffle tickets or begging letters. I've also received unsolicited calenders and cards etc, with price lists if I wish to keep them. No free postage to return them. I store them and the raffle tickets for a reasonable amount of time in case they want to collect them, which they never do. The raffle ticket scheme is open to abuse. Anyone could sell them and pocket the money but it doesn't seem to bother these charities. I give cash to local charities run by true volunteers.
saltandpepper
18th Jul 2015
1
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I donated to Macmillan for a year and then received a phone call asking if i would double my donation. I refused and 2 months later i cancelled it. We give money to our church and a bereavement charity so i think i spend enough now.
ChrissyG
14th Jul 2015
1
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I have sometimes responded to TV ads to text to make a one-off donation to charity appeals, only to be contacted by phone by them and other charities asking for more or for regular payment direct debits. Just a few weeks ago I applied for a free packet of wild flower seeds to encourage bees into the garden - I am concerned about how their numbers are decreasing. I was phoned a while after with the suggestion that I might like to set up a £10 pm direct debit to help the cause. When I said I wasn't taking on any new commitments at the time, the caller suggested £5 a month might be easier for me. I do give to charities but to whom and when I choose. I think these calls are getting out of order. Needless to say, no sign of my free seeds!
Marley444
14th Jul 2015
2
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I wish they wouldn't waste their money phoning me up asking me for more money! Surely if I wanted to increase my donation I would?
granny23
13th Jul 2015
4
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I would like much more information as to what percentage actually gets to those you are helping and how much gets to those running the charity. I have a problem supporting a charity where the people high up in the ranks (directors ceo's etc) are living in extreme luxury and driving top of the range cars on the money that people are donating for the cause. I understand they need a wage but excessive wages are wrong!
laydeelyon
12th Jul 2015
3
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A few years ago I entered the Race For Life. Afterwards I had telephone calls begging me to set up a direct debit "only for £10" When I said I couldn't afford that it was "well £5 then - that is only a few pence a day" ... I said no and would not do Race For Life again.
Wurzel
11th Jul 2015
5
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Charities do pester you and you can feel guilty not giving. We need to have the strength to say no some times.
william63
11th Jul 2015
3
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Some charities are worth donating others are a waste of space
lesneale
9th Jul 2015
8
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I dislike being made to feel guilty because I can't donate!
Baxi
9th Jul 2015
1
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I think the problem comes when the charity outsources its fund raising to external agencies. They are commercial organisations judged on their performance, so, if they don't 'deliver' donations they're not doing their job.
Wilf
9th Jul 2015
2
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I think there are so many charities they have to try and compete to get money. I did have one charity who phoned me up the other day that helps injured ex-servicemen and I did actually donate another £25 to them so its a good thing in some ways. there are always a lot of charities collecting at the big stations in London and I always try and put money in for them. My problem with some charities is they pay their senior executives huge amounts of money which I think is completely wrong.
Notdeadyet
9th Jul 2015
2
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I can't help wondering if I am in a minority here because I have had very little trouble with charities. There was a period a year or two ago where I seemed to have a lot of post from different charities, some of whom I had supported a little in the past, but I found that those I had not had a connection with stopped sending stuff in time because I did not respond. Those that I had supported a little and did not wish to do so any further just got a polite letter from me and I have not heard from them since. What is it that makes some people feel that they have to support every charity going whether they can afford it or not? I donate goods to local charity shops and I sometimes buy goods from them too. While I can still afford it, I buy all my Christmas cards from different charities. I still make the occasional one-off donation to a charity too. In the past I have also helped out in a charity shop and enjoyed it. They have to pay rent for the shop premises don't forget even though it is often at a reduced rate and I am afraid I disagree with letting someone have an item cheaper than the advertised price simply because it is for charity. The majority of goods are very low-priced anyway. The manager and deputy manager at the store where I volunteered were not on a very high salary at all and everyone else was a volunteer. And they are a well-known, high-profile charity. Would you believe that some people even steal from charity shops? It happened to the one I worked in. Yes, there are large premises and highly-paid executives at some of the larger charities but they are so large they ARE a business but run on different principles to ordinary businesses. Because they are managing such large sums of money they have to be run efficiently and effectively and be correctly promoted. All registered charities are accountable to the Charity Commissioners too, even small ones.
AnnCScott
8th Jul 2015
2
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They are definitely too aggressive. I was 'advised' by a charity that I support, Plan UK, that they were increasing my direct debit by almost 25%. I was invited to get in touch if I didn't want my donation increased which I did. I may well have increased my donation had I been asked and not told but this method disgusted me. I will continue to support the charity at the moment but seriously considering changing to a charity that does not treat donors like this.
jimkevgall38
8th Jul 2015
3
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I used to send 5 pounds sterling to the NSPCC every month for over 2 years. One day an NSPCC representative rang me and asked me if I would increase my monthly contribution to 10 pounds per month....I immediately cancelled my subscription and vowed never to sign up to any charity subscription again.
mrscomfyman
8th Jul 2015
2
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I am fed up with being badgered by "chuggers". You can't walk down the high street without being accosted and now they're even harassing you on your own doorstep. I understand that charities rely on our donations, but I'm beginning to feel that i don't want to donate any more.
rudgy
8th Jul 2015
3
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I use to help in a Charity shop but now it's big business ,there are so many staff to pay ,the shops are run with volunteers and a manager and managers ,managers .I think they have forgotten every thing is donated the prices were ridiculous ,if some one asked for the item to be a bit cheaper we were told they take it or leave it .To me something in the till is better than nothing .to greedy.
pennyweb
8th Jul 2015
4
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I've been 'charitied out' to be honest. Everything is 'for charity' and that is supposed to make it right. Charity is now big business with highly paid executives instead of a voluntary moral choice. I think that they should all be banned from calling anybody. If I wish to donate I shall do so, I don't need to be pestered.

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