Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Greedy Charities

On Monday I was called by a charity, WWF, who I have given money to for many years. This was not the first time they have called me. In fact, they probably call three or four times a year. This isn't a problem in itself, I don't mind being contacted. However, what I do mind is being contacted to ask for more money on a regular basis.

I felt sorry for the woman on the line who stuck rigidly to her script. I learnt how the elephants are still in decline, apparently with only 40,000 still left in Asia. I learnt that they were planting chamomile around farmers crops because the elephants don't like the smell, so they don't destroy the crops. Mainly, I learnt that I am annoyed that I am being asked for more money.

I was asked to give £9 a month. Whilst this may not sound like a lot, and it probably isn't to most, having just started university, lost my salary and increased childcare with two children now being looked after, we start most months on minus money before we think of food, petrol etc. So I said sorry, but no. But that wasn't good enough. The lady said that she completely understood that I couldn't increase the amount to £9, but could I possibly increase it any further at all? I explained that currently they were getting money that my children could be getting, so I really couldn't give any more. 

The lady said she understood, but sounded a little annoyed. I don't know if she was on commission for each person she could get to give more money, but it certainly felt like it. At the end of the conversation, she said that she was working for a company who were being paid over £100,000 to carry out this job for WWF, but that they hoped to get over £1,000,000 in extra funds through doing so.

When did charities become so greedy? If I had extra money (or any money), I would increase the amount that I pay. But I don't. I want it to be my choice to increase any payment. I don't want to be 'encouraged' to give more, by friendly calls.

My husband gives money to a charity and specifically requested that they do not contact him further. The other day my he received a letter from that charity. They had written to him to ask if he still wanted them to not contact him!

Back to WWF and, I'm sorry to say, that the elephants will be getting nothing in the future. I'm cancelling my direct debit. I will decide whether or not to give money to another charity, or simply invest it in my children.

They do say charity begins at home.


  1. Totally agree. I definitely think many charities are getting greedy and some are expecting far too much from the average person who already commits to a certain monthly amount. I give to 3 charities that are personal to me and my family but I have also been contacted on several occasions about giving more. They don't take no for an answer and just assume you mean not right now but do ring back and ask again. It's very annoying. This year I stopped giving to a very large charity because they kept sending me raffle tickets twice a year and then would ring me a few weeks after I'd received them "telling" me in a rather abrupt way that I "must not" forget to send them back with the amount raised by a certain date. They didn't say please or thank you and were generally too pushy. So yes, I'm fed up with charities right now and sick of being made to feel guilty and mean for not giving more than I do.

    CJ xx

  2. I think charities are getting a bit greedy too if I'm honest. I give monthly to 2 cancer charities and my husband gives to a few too. It's only a small amount I give as I don't have a regular wage but I make up the difference by giving one day a week to work in my local Save The Children shop.

    In the last month I've had Save The Children and Unicef (who I've bought gifts through before) ring me asking for monthly donations of £10!

    The thing that gets me is that these charities have both used call houses and paid well in excess of £100,000 to make these calls! *shocked face* Seems you've had the same from WWF so it looks like they are all on the case. Why do it just before Christmas too when everyone is skint? Poor marketing if you ask me.

  3. They obviously get more people increasing their donations when they call them, but I would much prefer an e-mail, then it is my choice. When someone calls, you feel more pressure to increase what you give. As I have no salary now, I felt it was a bit much to keep hassling me to give more.

  4. I really hate that as well! I guess it's not fair to say they are being greedy as they are just trying to increase their contributions for worthwhile causes but I really hate the call. It always starts out with a 'Thank you for all your contributions, do you have a minute for us to tell you what we are doing for the money... Then they launch into, there is so much more we could do & if you would just give an extra £x then we could bring world peace'. I think it's a bit dishonest really! Anyways, rant over, thanks for sharing :)


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