Institute of Fundraising considers campaign against restrictions on fundraising

Chief executive Lindsay Boswell says charites are entitled to use techniques including cold calling and face-to-face

The Institute of Fundraising is considering running a campaign aimed at the sector and the public which would say that fundraisers should not be afraid to ask for donations.

The campaign has the working title Right To Ask, but the institute has been considering calling it Proud To Ask. It would address face-to-face fundraising, direct mail, the Telephone Preference Service and no-cold-calling zones - neighbourhoods in which charities and businesses are asked not to knock on residents' doors.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute, said there were too many restrictions on charities asking the public to donate. He said fundraisers needed to be reminded that it was right for them to ask the public for donations on behalf of their beneficiaries, even if this sometimes led to dissatisfaction.

He said the campaign would remind people that although fundraisers sometimes caused them inconvenience, charities were still entitled to knock on their doors, call them at home or stop them on the street because of the benefits charities can bring to people in need of help.

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