Jun 9, 2011 aiidina commented on Dear Street Canvassers, Stop..
Some dizzy bitch covered in shitty tattoos tried to hand me a card today, but defeated the purpose by engaging in conversation.
Jun 9, 2011 aiidina commented on Dear Street Canvassers, Stop..
Street fundraising is cost effective way for NGOs and charities to build up a base of sustainable donors. Unfortunately, there are some fundraisers who aren't professional. Thankfully, they don't last long.

That being said, not every canvasser works for the same fundraising consultancy. There are several different organizations in Seattle that fund raise on the street level. Not every consultancy pays on commission. There are fundraisers who genuinely love the charity they represent.

The whole shebang is more complicated than it looks. A lot of time and effort is spent training fundraisers - we work closely with the charities because we love them. We love what we do.

What's more is that there may be dozens of us, but there are thousands of you people that we have to deal with daily. 99% of the people putzing around Seattle are amazing. The people who are completely and perpetually miserable are few and far between. I am a big advocate of reminding my coworkers to not push people or take anything personally. You never know what kind of day someone is having; the person who just told me to go get fucked could have just lost his or her job, or had a death in the family, etc.

Further, we help people out all of the time. I've returned wallets full of money that people have dropped, cell phones, given people directions, etc. I've witnessed a homeless man getting stomped by some awful person and given a police report. I've also been spit at for saying "Hello!" to someone, had disparaging remarks made about my body, had coffee thrown on me, and lots of other extra lame stuff.

Saying that you get "accosted" daily is a gross exaggeration of some personal slight that you've managed to conjure up in your paranoid little brain. If anything, canvassers ACTUALLY get accosted. That's not the point.

It's egregiously unjust to pigeon hole fundraisers together. We're not all bad. Most of us are pretty awesome. Our work actually does have a direct impact on the world, and that's our biggest motivator to do this daily.

Fnarf, you actually have no idea what goes into fundraising on a person to person basis. Generally, canvassing is an extremely cost effective way for charities to generate funds. Consultancies are a part of preexisting fundraising budgets. Every charity has one. When you sign up on the street, every penny of what you give right there goes to the charity. Every penny. I'd go further into detail but I doubt that you'd be able to understand it.

So, anyway, Seattle. Stay fresh. Y'all are wonderful, entertaining, and provide so many amazing conversations and experiences. If you've had a sour experience, I apologize on behalf of the fundraisers who strive to be respectful. Cheers! :)
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Jun 9, 2011 aiidina commented on Dear Street Canvassers, Stop..
Street fundraising is cost effective way for NGOs and charities to build up a base of sustainable donors. Unfortunately, there are some fundraisers who aren't professional. Thankfully, they don't last long.

That being said, not every canvasser works for the same fundraising consultancy. There are several different organizations in Seattle that fund raise on the street level. Not every consultancy pays on commission. There are fundraisers who genuinely love the charity they represent.

The whole shebang is more complicated than it looks. A lot of time and effort is spent training fundraisers - we work closely with the charities because we love them. We love what we do.

What's more is that there may be dozens of us, but there are thousands of you people that we have to deal with daily. 99% of the people putzing around Seattle are amazing. The people who are completely and perpetually miserable are few and far between. I am a big advocate of reminding my coworkers to not push people or take anything personally. You never know what kind of day someone is having; the person who just told me to go get fucked could have just lost his or her job, or had a death in the family, etc.

Further, we help people out all of the time. I've returned wallets full of money that people have dropped, cell phones, given people directions, etc. I've witnessed a homeless man getting stomped by some awful person and given a police report. I've also been spit at for saying "Hello!" to someone, had disparaging remarks made about my body, had coffee thrown on me, and lots of other extra lame stuff.

Saying that you get "accosted" daily is a gross exaggeration of some personal slight that you've managed to conjure up in your paranoid little brain. If anything, canvassers ACTUALLY get accosted. That's not the point.

It's egregiously unjust to pigeon hole fundraisers together. We're not all bad. Most of us are pretty awesome. Our work actually does have a direct impact on the world, and that's our biggest motivator to do this daily.

Fnarf, you actually have no idea what goes into fundraising on a person to person basis. Generally, canvassing is an extremely cost effective way for charities to generate funds. Consultancies are a part of preexisting fundraising budgets. Every charity has one. When you sign up on the street, every penny of what you give right there goes to the charity. Every penny. I'd go further into detail but I doubt that you'd be able to understand it.

So, anyway, Seattle. Stay fresh. Y'all are wonderful, entertaining, and provide so many amazing conversations and experiences. If you've had a sour experience, I apologize on behalf of the fundraisers who strive to be respectful. Cheers! :)

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