Should fundraisers knock at homes that display no cold calling notices?

Third Sector Video: There were differing views about it on the panel of Big Fundraising Questions Live, an event in Third Sector's recent Fundraising Week

The Institute of Fundraising has set up a working party to consider adding rules to the Code of Fundraising Practice about no cold calling signs, after a recent recommendation from the Fundraising Standards Board.

At the moment there is a mixed picture: some charities and agencies tell their door-to-door fundraisers not to knock at houses that display such signs, while others tell them to go ahead and knock in the hope the householder does not mean to exclude charities.

Members of the Big Fundraising Questions Live panel agreed that a consistent approach was needed, but disagreed on what the approach should be. "No cold calling means no cold calling – simple," said one member. Another pointed to research that showed 40 per cent of respondents did not intend no cold calling signs to apply to charities.

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