Little Charities giving to Big Charities

Bag packing for charity is not my favourite way to spend my Saturday mornings.  But for the sake of Smiley's Saturday Social Club I've gritted my teeth and got on with it.  Several times.  And just because I've stood at the checkout and been ignored and patronised does not mean that I like it any better now!  Some people are lovely about being ambushed to have their bags packed, and are very generous.  Others are not.  But it is an easy and fairly lucrative way for small community groups and charities to generate funds.  Most supermarkets - and their checkout staff - could not be more helpful.  Bag packers are often allowed to put up posters, we clutter up the checkouts with our buckets, sometimes our noisy demanding children are with us too, and we are very grateful to the supermarkets for putting up with us. 

Hopefully thank you letters are sent to every supermarket that hosts bag packing, but should we be giving them something more?

This week I was told about a small community group that held a very successful bag pack at their local supermarket.  But they didn't get to leave with all their takings.  They were asked to give a small percentage to the main charity supported by that supermarket.  Now nominated charities are usually big national organisations with paid staff and a high profile. They do very good work, but should they be taking money from small local groups?   Bag packing could be the local group's big annual fund-raiser.  Sometimes volunteers have to make complicated arrangements or even pay babysitters so they can take part.  Should they then have to give back some of the money they raise?  Or is this a reasonable way for bag packers to express their thanks to the supermarket that is hosting the fund-raising effort?

8 comments:

  1. no I don't think they should be getting a donation. A thank you letter should suffice.
    They do their own fundraising for their main charity so why do they need to take back from small local charities who are struggling with little support! Plus a lot of these bigger national organisations have lottery/children in need funding etc so they don't have the same struggle.

    I have done the back packing thing, many times, and it truly is not an enjoyable experience and it's exhausting! But hey, I still always manage to get myself volunteered! lol

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  2. I'm not sure but my gut says no. I don't see the need to take from a smaller organization for the larger one's own gains...does not make sense to me.

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  3. Ack! I difficult one but in my opinion I'd say no. Small local charities don't get the backing of big corporates so I feel it's unfair.

    As you know I volunteer one day a week for my local Save The Children shop and we organise bag packs. There hasn't been one on my watch yet but I must say I'm not looking forward to it.

    x

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  4. I tried to comment yesterday! #$%@$!! blogger!
    I don't think it is right for the big charity to take from the smaller one. They have the money to have a paid staff etc. Taking from the smaller one seems to defeat the purpose-or detract from the meaning of the word "charity"

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  5. As a customer who would be donating for having my bags packed I would not be happy knowing the money I donsted to a speicfic cause was given elsewhere I would not be too happy

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  6. My short answer is "no". I hate charities who hire "chuggers", and the knowledge that they may squeeze smaller charities will make me even less friendly when they ambush me on the street again. After all it is my money and if I've given it to a small local charity that is where I want it to go.

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  7. @kathleen - wrong definition of charity is another way of looking at it alright.

    @TheMadHouse - that's a very good point that perhaps could be used if this happens again, thank you

    @Truf - yes I dislike chuggers too.

    @lyndylou and @lizbeth - thank you for commenting and I hope blogger will put your comments back on here soon xx

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  8. There's no sign of the other comments being reinstated, so here they are:

    SAHMlovingit said...

    Ack! I difficult one but in my opinion I'd say no. Small local charities don't get the backing of big corporates so I feel it's unfair.

    lyndylou said...

    no I don't think they should be getting a donation. A thank you letter should suffice.
    They do their own fundraising for their main charity so why do they need to take back from small local charities who are struggling with little support! Plus a lot of these bigger national organisations have lottery/children in need funding etc so they don't have the same struggle.

    I have done the back packing thing, many times, and it truly is not an enjoyable experience and it's exhausting! But hey, I still always manage to get myself volunteered! lol

    As you know I volunteer one day a week for my local Save The Children shop and we organise bag packs. There hasn't been one on my watch yet but I must say I'm not looking forward to it.

    Lizbeth said...

    I'm not sure but my gut says no. I don't see the need to take from a smaller organization for the larger one's own gains...does not make sense to me.

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