Originally Posted by THELORDROWELL
I usually defend them but on this occasion......
On my travels I tend to find it is a backpackers job but I doubt you get too many of them in Newcastle.
Whilst I'm having a rant, I like to think I am quite generous when it comes to donating to charitable causes and sponsoring people. I've used justgiving.com myself and raised quite a bit of money however I've noticed a couple of times when people have been sponsored and don't do the event yet you've already paid.
One of my mates is doing a 450 mile bike ride over 5 days in a month's time and hasn't done much training. He didn't own a bike until a month ago.
I don't think he's going to do it but he is huffed that nobody will commit money on justgiving until he completes it.
It is for a good cause but it also seems to be about advertising the company he works for and I'm a little uncomfortable about the whole thing.
Originally Posted by Muppet
All fundraisers have targets man
It's been a while since I worked in a charity that used street fundraising, but I don't remember them getting bonuses
I work in Tottenham Court Road, so I'm well aware of the need to dodge them. I don't sign up because I know how much it costs. 18 months to recoup isn't unusual, but the charities are looking at signing people up for 3-5 years really. If they're sensible they have an agreement with the fundraising company about attrition - the donor has to make a certain amount of payments, otherwise the company doesn't get paid.
Usually the street fundraisers are out of work actors - gregarious types.
EDIT: Oh, and the very biggest charities have in house teams of street fundraisers. They can afford it...
What is their motivation for hitting targets?