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Poll: should charities stop door-to-door fundraising?

This poll is about 5 years old

Should other charities follow RNLI and Oxfam's lead?

Should charities stop door-to-door fundraising?


One of the UK’s leading charities has announced it will end door-to-door fundraising at the end of the year.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) expects to lose around £300,000 next year after the change, brought about by its new opt-in policy for communications.

Under the new rules, the charity will only contact people who have actively consented to being contacted.

Despite its predicted losses, the charity says it is confident it will win-out in the end by boosting public confidence.

It is one of a range of charities – including Oxfam and the Royal British Legion – to have given up door-to-door fundraising in the wake of a seriesof scandalsin England.

RNLI clearly thinks this is the way forward – but what do you think?

Should charities stop door-to-door fundraising?

Vote now and get the debate going by leaving a comment.

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John Brady
about 5 years ago
Absolutely not. Whilst some charities may choose to do so others dont have that luxury. For example there are many local Hospices acrioss Scotland that knock doors to promote their Lottery. They dont get complaints and people are happy.Many of those could eventually lose half a million pounds everty year if they stopped knocking doors. Who will replace that much needed income if that came to pass. How many beds would they have to cut and how many beneficiaries and their families would lose out
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Tiiu-Imbi Miller
about 5 years ago
Good to hear that some big charities are stopping door to door fund raising. That should make it easier for us small ones to get donations. We sell raffle tickets in our neighbourhood, and have been welcomed. Even had someone come to our house later to buy them because she had been out when we called. The prizes are small, so I am sure that wasn't why she called. When 20% of the world's people use 80% of the world's wealth, and even within that 20% the resources are so unevenly distributed that many really struggle, it's time we stopped worrying about the small inconvenience of charity collecting, by whatever means, and opened our doors, hearts and wallets. Anyone too disabled to go to the door can put a notice asking not to be bothered, and such notices should be respected. Or if one has given all one can, one should not feel embarrassed to say so, so collectors shouldn't be pushy. But otherwise, shame on the selfish.
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Dan Rous
about 5 years ago
Door to door is an outdated model for collecting. Timing is difficult due to longer work commutes leaving people out at a suitable time for older people which then clashes with family meal/bath times etc. And then often people don't have cash in the house anyway! Whilst this personal touch is nice and can be valuable, it is an outdated model that needs to be closely looked at.