If you Vote for me I would BAN all public charity fundraising on the street.
Charities seeking donations on the street is what I can only describe as modern day white collar begging and pick-pocketing – it must be outlawed!
Charities professionally disguise and arm students (and other people in desperation need of a job) with colourful t-shirts and a badges that legally allows them to steal money from innocent and venerable working class person on their way to work.
You have all seen them sitting on the pavement with their fold out table or bouncing around in the centre of city as if you care about their pathetic tactics to strike up a conversation.
These unskilled students, who pretend to care, want to fleas you for your hard earn money so charities can show face, build a brand and compete with other NGO’s. The sad truth of the matter is that for many Charities this kind of fundraising is costly and does little to raise substantial funds to achieve their objectives of being an NGO.
While preying on middle classes citizens, this kind of activity does little to support the domestic spend, domestic retailers or charities effectiveness to produce results.
If you voted for me, I would BAN all public fleecing, begging or the asking for donations by all charities and NGO’s in public spaces.
Forcing Charities and NGO’s to build institutional structures that rely on their results for donations.
Encouraging them to focus on building from within their contact base, by producing results that make people want to invest more money.
I do have one exception; the Salvation army have always impressed me with their attitude to this matter. They have volunteers quietly sitting at train stations or walking around private venues that allow them to be there. A far cry from being harassed on the main street of most cities by a pommie that needs to pay rent. I find people are more than happy to pass on a few coins, without pressure, as they believe in what the Salvation Army does and strive to achieve.
While I would BAN Charities’ and NGO’s from public areas, harassing people to pay a monthly subscription otherwise they would be responsible for the death of child in Africa. Charities need to focus on building stronger membership bases that drive their donations. I would still allow them to act in a passive manner in approved private locations in an outlined manner with accredited volunteers. Volunteers, being unpaid members that actually care about the charities cause.
Because the last thing we want on a Saturday night are Charities giving us a guilty conscious for drinking beer at a pub when we could be giving a village in Laos running water for what we spent on the last round.
Vote for Me; and Charities will become stronger in nature by focusing on building their core membership and partnerships, rather than harassing you in the street.