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Street fundraising involves us talking to members of the public, both on the street and in shopping centres and supermarkets, about our work and asking them to help support with the cost of running Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. We are also taking details and following up with a phone call at a later date. This approach is one of the most cost effective ways to recruit new supporters for the Home, and ensure our ongoing ability to care for the thousands of dogs and cats who come through our gates each year. This is where our fundraisers are this week:
Why do we use this as a method of fundraising?
This method of fundraising is a very efficient and cost effective way of generating income and attracting new supporters to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. We don’t receive any government grants so individual donations are hugely important to us and vital for us to continue our work. Direct Debit is also a cost-effective way to donate as it allows us to keep our administrative costs to a minimum and the length of the commitment helps us to plan ahead and budget effectively.
How do I know that the fundraiser is legitimate? Do they have ID?
All of our fundraisers wear Battersea Dogs & Cats Home branded clothing and carry official identification cards, which are required by law. They will also be carrying Battersea Dogs & Cats Home literature and electronic direct debit handsets.
You can also check the locations list above. The location list is not exhaustive. For various reasons fundraisers may move to an unplanned location at short notice. If you have any doubts please ring the number below.
If you require further reassurance please contact our supporter services team on 0870 890 0000 (Mon-Fri, 9.00am- 5.00pm), who will be able to verify the legitimacy of a fundraiser. You can also send your questions to [email protected]
What do the fundraisers ask for?
The fundraisers ask members of the public to pledge regular donations to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home by Direct Debit and are not authorised to accept any other means of payments in the way of a donation (cash, cheques etc.).
Do you have permission to fundraise in my area?
Before we fundraise in any area we always get permission from the relevant local authority.
Is this type of fundraising regulated?
The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) is a self-regulating body that is dedicated to ensure high standards of quality, transparency and integrity in this type of fundraising. They regulate fundraising activities used by charities and professional fundraising organisations and enforce a Code of Practice, which aims to make certain that peoples’ experience of this type of fundraising is positive.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home closely monitors its campaigns to ensure that their representatives adhere to the regulations and Codes of Practice set out by the Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.
More information may be found on the PFRA website.
Any other questions?
If you have any other questions or queries about our street fundraising campaign, please call us on 0870 890 0000 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm).
For any other queries regarding a fundraiser operating in your area, please email [email protected]