FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Meg Kyte, donor. Meg is cycling 4,000 miles around Britain's coastline to raise £5,000 for the Woodland Trust

Approximately how much do you give a year?

About £100 by direct debit to Greenpeace, Sustrans, the Woodland Trust and Surfers against Sewage.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

Environmental organisations. I feel people don't have environmental issues at the front of their minds enough. I do give to the NSPCC and others, but they get a lot of money and coverage.

Do you consider approaches from charities?

Not really. I never give to face-to-face fundraisers. It's the wrong way of going about it.

What's a good way to approach you?

With the Woodland Trust, I saw a leaflet on adopting a tree and then went away and thought about it. I like being given information and then the time to go away and figure it out for myself.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached?

The hard sell - that pushy attitude of "if I let her think about this too long she'll change her mind".

What information do you like to have available about organisations or projects you support?

I like giving to projects that have a definite outcome and community involvement. I'd also like to see the charity accounts - Surfers against Sewage always print its in aquarterly newsletter and is really honest about where it has gone wrong or right. I know you need to staff a charity and that costs a lot of money, but I think if charities are honest and explain why, the public will trust them all the more.

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