Dec 7, 2012
commented on Dear Street Canvassers, Stop.
Guess what, 100 percent of the money that people on the street or door give goes right to the organization the canvasser is raising money for. The organization, let's say Oxfam or Planned Parenthood, then take money out of their fund-raising budget and pay the canvassing office. If you've never canvassed then you have no idea how difficult it is to get people to give substantially to these charities, and they're not all going to give online or out of their own freewill, a lot of the donors have to be convinced by a person who happens to be working as hard as they can to get someone involved. These NGOs aren't idiots, they understand the importance of getting people involved in giving who aren't. That's why you see canvassers out there. Money is power, and while a lot of Americans spend useless amounts of money on frivolous consumerist things, the statistic is that Americans give more to charity on average than any other country in the world, so dig deep and give to a canvasser already if you haven't. And be happy you don't have to convince every random stranger to give a shit about something else than consumerist wish fulfillment.