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Tick this box... if you'd like to opt out of being approached on the street by direct debit style charity fundraisers.

Tick this box... and make a promise you'll give to charities who encourage collection tins.

Tick this box... if you're interested in finding a different way to help charities to raise funds for much needed causes that avoid intrusive sales techniques and don't require you to give your bank details to strangers.

This group is set up to document this campaign and your experience of the "chugger." You can post images and your stories by joining the group and emailing in to

Buy your badge from, wear it around town to raise awareness of this opt-out scheme. The money raised from sales of badges will go back to charities with the message that we're keen for them to find other ways of raising money for charity that aren't dependent on the aggressive 'hard sell' tactics so commonly used today. When you receive your badge, use a marker pen to tick the box and you can begin opting out today. Post us your images of you in your badges!

Some links:

Just Giving

Intelligent Giving Survey

BBC Article

Charity Chuggers should be boycotted

Charity begins at home for the 'chuggers'

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Download this file here to use as a handout for when you're wearing your badge and get approached.
Spread the word! But be nice, remember they're only doing their job.

Posted by tickit

8th Sep 2009, 14:45   | tags:,,


nige says:

Like it!

8th Sep 2009, 16:32

kel says:

Can you please highlight the be nice part?

I work for a charity too and although personally I don't appreciate the direct debit, face to face people approaching me, our fundraising team tell us it has results, sadly. Even more sad is the fact that someone working for one of these companies to ask people to sign up as regular donors to us was assaulted last week.

So, yes, personally I'm with you, but professionally I can't be!

This is a good non-violent alternative to avoiding them though - my personal favourite is just to keep walking and smiling...

8th Sep 2009, 17:06

tickit says:

That is really horrible. Well, this isn't a hate campaign at all and I certainly don't want to make it that.

I also understand that charities are using this form of fundraising because the truth is, it works. The statistics are something like someone who sets up a charity direct debit will, on average pay out for 6 years. I can't argue with that.

What I can say though is that I think the amount of fundraisers on one street at one time should be limited so that it isn't tantamount to harassment. I am REGULARLY stopped by 5 different people for a number of different charities on one trip/journey. I cannot sit on a bench in the main shopping area without being approached either. It is unpleasant and unless I walk away they won't.

8th Sep 2009, 17:11

tickit says:

I might do a post about non-agressive, non-violent ways of avoiding them too :)

8th Sep 2009, 17:13

kel says:

Oh I know - I have at least four of them approach me on my walk from the office to the tube station every evening... and somehow the line 'if i didn't stop for that guy, i'm not gonna stop for you' doesn't work!

8th Sep 2009, 17:35

Rarry(rarryrevan-at-yahoo-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

four times? every evening? you speak to 20 chuggers a week? £5 for a badge? Nice little deal you got there. I'm thinking about starting a little number too..."tick this box" for everyone who doesn't want a free newspaper on the way home. They definately get me four times an evening.


14th Sep 2009, 23:14

tickit says:

badges start at £1.45 with the distribution costs and the profit mark up from zazzle it's not a great deal going back into a pot to give back to charity but it's better than nothing.

I couldn't say I was approached by 20 every week, it would depend on how many journeys and trips i make down the main streets. I usually walk the long way round to avoid them these days.

14th Sep 2009, 23:44

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