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I remember walking door-to-door on my own as a kid selling items to raise money for different organizations. I canvased the neighborhood, knocking on every door I could to raise money.

When my son did door-to-door fundraising, either I was with him or he went out with a friend. This was to make sure he was safe while he was interacting with people we didn’t know.

Today, the people on the other side of the door can also be concerned about safety and honesty when fundraisers ring the doorbell. The following news article highlights one of the concerns:

Bexley police warning on bogus doorstep callers – News Shopper

Bexley police warning on bogus doorstep callers. The message to potential victims comes soon after an Abbey Wood charity scammer was jailed for six months. Rosemary Scotter conned more than 50 people into sponsoring her £553 for fake charit …

Imagine if at every house you stopped at, the owner would have to call the organization you are raising money for in case you were a scammer. You would be frustrated about the time it would take to raise money, the home owners would probably not answer the door, and the nonprofit organizations wouldn’t be able to staff the constant barrage of phone calls they would receive every time a volunteer fundraiser went door-to-door.

I believe doing door-to-door fundraising is dead. What do you think?

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19 Responses so far.

  1. Because of the concerns for safety of both the parties, there is a substantial decline in the activity of door to door fundraising. Trusting a stranger can cause heavily in todays’s time. Thanks for writing on such an unexplored niche.

  2. There have been many incidents and experiences where people have been robbed by people who came to their door asking for charity. It has now become difficult for people to trust door-to-door fund-raisers. However, mass awareness needs to be created first before starting the door-to-door campaign.

  3. gazeboNo Gravatar says:

    This reminds me of an experience I recently had with a supposed fundraiser for a church in an area hours away from us. I gave the first time that scammer visited my home, but when a lot were visiting me from the same organization, I finally made a move and did a research on the organization they were raising funds for. Turns out it was a scam, i reported it to authorities at once. It’s a shame that they were actually using the name of a church for their selfish reasons.

  4. Although there are still legit fundraisers, more and more people are just too wary of people using fund raising as a means to scam naïve individuals. It’s understandable why methods like door to door fundraising is no longer being entertained by house owners. Sadly, yes, for me it is dead.

  5. gazebo perthNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not entirely dead per se. There are still a lot of people who utilize this as a way to raise money. Unfortunately for those with charitable hearts, these people are scammers.

  6. KristineNo Gravatar says:

    I think it’s been dead for a long time. Scammers are everywhere, it’s sad that the authentic charities are being affected but we have to face the facts, a lot of people would do anything just to get money for free. Call me a bit cold-hearted but I do not give to door to door fundraisers.

  7. EmiliaNo Gravatar says:

    The reality we are living in is consisted of a lot of people who are willing to fool a lot of people just for the sake of acquiring money. However harsh it may seem to be, there are a lot of con artists out there. It’s just sad that the real fundraisers are affected.

  8. StaceyNo Gravatar says:

    You can never blame people to be very cautious when it comes to entertaining strangers who introduce themselves to be fund raisers for a certain cause or organization. It is no longer uncommon to hear news about scams and burglary cases simply because people wee too trusting when somebody knocks on their door. It is high time these fund raisers think of more creative ways to raise funds without resorting to door to door activities.

  9. Door to door is not the only one method that you can use to raise funds. There are better ways that are less tedious and not so time consuming. Explore these other methods and see how it can help your organization. There are numerous online resources you can check out and get ideas from.

  10. Door to door fund raising may have been very effective once but not anymore at this time. As more people become more concerned about the safety and security of their family, there are now very few who will entertain you when you knock at their doors. There should be better ways to raise funds; you just need to be more creative.

  11. With today’s technology who would want to spend time going door-to-door? Technology sure has made things easier for us.

    • Roger CarrNo Gravatar says:

      Technology is great, but the more personal methods of contact can be more effective when it comes to fundraising. Multiple communication channels/methods need to be considered.

  12. Alice SmithNo Gravatar says:

    The charity collectors that are in town centres are not allowed to follow you! My friend was one for a while and when she was moving house I read her list of do’s and don’ts when collecting on the street and it said you are not allowed to follow people or approach people sitting down.

  13. DanNo Gravatar says:

    Well these days people don’t trust other people that are asking them for money. Therefore, it is possible that what you say is true. I too have difficulties believeing anyone that comes at my door and asks for money. Cheers!

  14. SamfrankNo Gravatar says:

    Nice post, thanks for sharing this wonderful and useful information with us.

    Don’t carry the donations on you when you go to each door. Since someone should be chaperoning you, ‘deposit’ the money to him or her for safekeeping while you continue fundraising.

  15. SonaliNo Gravatar says:

    Although there are still legit fundraisers, more and more people are just too wary of people using fund raising as a means to scam native individualism .It’s understandable why methods like door to door fundraising is no longer being entertained by house owners.Sadly,yes,for me it is dead.

  16. EvanNo Gravatar says:

    It makes sense actually..

  17. AdrienneNo Gravatar says:

    Asking for money at the door is less effective today. What works sometimes is leaving an envelope with a covering note and going back later to collect it. Takes up much more time but often gives better results.

  18. DaniloNo Gravatar says:

    In the internet-era there’s no more space and time for door-to-door things


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