Title: Pushy Charity Fundraisers
dizzybird - April 20, 2011 03:59 PM (GMT)
I'm really angry, just had a phonecall from cancer research, I have paid £2 per month for years now. The caller started off by thanking me for my support and then went on to tell me about recent breakthroughs in research, went back to thanking me again and then asked if i was prepared to increase my donation to £10 per month because that is what a lot of members are now doing!!! when I politely said no and that i wasn't in a financial position to do that he apologised profusely, thanked me yet again, told me a little more about the research and asked if any family members have or had had cancer then asked if I couldn't manage £10 perhaps I could stretch to £5. At this point I told him in no uncertain terms when I said No I meant NO and put the phone down whilst he was still talking.
I've just emailed cancer research to complain and have told them any more calls like that and I will cancel altogether.
What worries me is that I felt pressurised but I can stand up to them, what about all the others that can't and agree to increased amounts when they don't really want to and can't afford it.
Ok rant over, just beware if you pay to them as well
sharon - April 20, 2011 05:22 PM (GMT)
I had the same with the NSPCC. I too have given two pounds a month for years then had a call earlier this year asking if I would increase my donation.
I ended up agreeing to three pounds a month, and like you found them quite pushy.
The worst offenders though are the ones who stop you in the street. Not those with a collection tin outside a shop, but the ones being paid commission for each person they get to sign up.
I know times are hard, and that charities are dependent on contributions to an even greater extent at the moment, but I prefer to support the charities of my choice rather than being coerced through hard sell tactics.
TonyJF - April 20, 2011 11:57 PM (GMT)
I've had the same issues with NSPCC. Had one on the blower only tonight, wanting to discuss with me their work. I told him I was busy, and the cheeky sod said 'It'll only take a few minutes, surely you can spare the time for that'.
I won't repeat what I said to him next, but if he can manage it he's either a contortionist or a very lucky bloke. :rolleyes:
potty world - April 21, 2011 07:43 AM (GMT)
I think these people have a lot to answer for. Normally polite and courteous people are reduced to rudeness by they're bare faced persistence. They are effectively training the general public in rudeness and bad manners by their lack of adherence to the general principles of polite conversation. It is in fact very serious and I am sure to inform them of it whenever I am stopped by one. Which in Angel is pretty much every day. They tend to do 3 or 4 day stints so another tactic I use is to collar them early on and ask them to contribute to the Meniere's Society, go into details blah blah, but this of course takes time. These low lives use guilt and rudeness to extort money, even lower than the most aggressive businesses. They make me very annoyed, not in what they do, but in how they go about it, pretending to have a converstation. Sometimes they really regret it.
Kath - April 21, 2011 08:43 AM (GMT)
Those chuggers devil picked the wrong two with Tony & PW !!
The one that made me laugh was the CRUK caller who in an attempt to get money out of me (by monthly direct debit of course) complemented me on my time in the Race for Life - I bet you say that to all the girls I said. I didn't fall for that one. :rolleyes:
(hope everyone is enjoying sunshine today)
misty - April 21, 2011 09:51 AM (GMT)
I worry that cancer research have discovered drugs that the NHS can't afford to fund for sufferer's - so why spend money on the research?????
I always ask them who's paying for the phone call? I'm sure the charitable donations could be better spent! works for me!
Take care Kath
Barbara - April 21, 2011 11:49 AM (GMT)
I have said just the same. Why spend money on researching new drugs only to say we can't have them . I can put the money to good use thanks all the same.
Sally - April 22, 2011 01:25 PM (GMT)
I actually have a policy of not donating in this way as i cannot prove how much they actually give! I knew someone that worked for the NSPCC and they admitted they take most of it for staff and the bear minimum goes to the charity!
This does not mean i don't put money in a box or donate clothing etc.. i simply won't pay money when i have no proof that it really goes where it should!
sharon - April 22, 2011 05:23 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Sally @ Apr 22 2011, 02:25 PM)|
| and the bear minimum goes to the charity! |
Never heard of the bear minimum Sal. Is he any relation to Yogi? devil
Sally - April 23, 2011 06:29 PM (GMT)
:lol: :lol: :lol: blonde moment is my excuse!! trust you to notice!! :ph43r:
sharon - April 23, 2011 06:42 PM (GMT)
Couldn't resist......sorry!! cool dude cool dude
Sally - April 23, 2011 07:45 PM (GMT)
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: i'll be more careful in future, i promise lol