a raffle with bigger prizes and
less proportion returned to the charity.
Charity / Communty sector / Community group or organisation / non-profit or not-for-profit group / NGO (non government organisation) The 'third world' of the social/economy. Three sectors are generally recognised: the private sector (or business sector), the government sector (Federal, state, local) and this third sector whose name is legion because it's all of us. This sector is distinguished as non-govt and non-profit. A significant portion of it is religious or Church organisations. The rest perhaps could be described as humanitarian or humane or related to a social activity or social welfare mission including sport or cultural and recreational activities. Organisations within this sector are the ones that will call you for money but the more respected ones usually don’t. We think that the term community social welfare organisation is about the best generic term for describing this 'sector'. These orgs can be local or global. They deal with diverse issues (as do the other two sectors) such as health, justice, sport, art, religion, environment.
composition of a modern community group/charity resembles a two
tier structure. A community group is a voluntary organisation run by
a management committee (may be called Board of Directors) who are
all volunteers - as are ordinary members who also assist the work of
the group and may put themselves forward as a candidate for office at
the annual general meeting (AGM). These are people whose
commitment is reflected in
their willingness to give up time and donate their skills, energy,
other resources to the community for altruistic purposes. Think of a
local tennis club where the volunteer members do everything - sell the
drinks, roll the courts, organise the week end matches. But when a
community group gets large or has special requirements it can't rely on
volunteers. Paid staff
may be employed to carry out the work of the group or charity. (The
tennis club employs a part time green-keeper or installs synthetic
management committee is still in charge, at least technically, their
role is described as governance. But the day to day work
the group may be carried out by the paid staff being directed by the
Board/management committee who meet monthly. This means that people who
necessarily committed to the group - even if they are committed to their
profession - who are just there because they are
(think of the green keeper eyeing the full time job at the golf course)
to some extent take over the controls. An underlying
conflict might develop between the staff and the Board. The staff,
involved as they are day in day out may feel that they know best and
therefore may wish to run the place while bowing and nodding to the
board and telling them only what they think they need to know.
Although its practically important to have a division between the
workers and the managers (ie the staff and the directors) there can be
a subtle tussle between the two sides. Staff may indeed be running
the show and the directors may be little more than spectators. The
concern with this is that the staff are there for self interest –
to get paid, perhaps develop professionally and develop their careers.
The extent to which staff are the decision makers concerning
professional fundraising is important.
It's likely that engaging a professional fundraiser is not always a
governance item - we know that sometimes board members get calls from
telemarketers about fundraising for the charity they are directors off
and are caught unawares.
However the day to day operations of the fundraising will be done by
employees including the compostion of the decietful spiels - a horror
story in itself.
Charitable Collections soliciting for funds for charities or non profit groups. May be by asking for donations. Does not include gaming such as raffles. Gaming for charity is referred to as fundraising not charitable collections.
Code of Practice
a telemarketing term meaning
calling someone who is not expecting a call and has had no previous
dealings with the organisation calling.
/ Incentives paid to
salespeople such as telemarketers for results of performance ie lots
of sales and big sales. Commissions are usually a percentage of the
sale amount eg 3% AND a flat fee eg $1 or $2 for every sale by
credit card. These payments are normally paid to fundraising
telemarketers who raise funds by raffles and art unions. The money
paid to such fundraisers is a sale NOT a donation. You are buying
chances to win a raffle. You are NOT making a donation.
There is a little oddity with making donations when one of the so-and-so's calls you and presents a raffle/art union. With such a call the third party pro fundraising company will be contracted to SELL the raffle. (Perhaps they convinced the na´ve fundraising officer within the charity that raffles are best). If, while the telemarketer is trying to flog raffle tickets or “lucky numbers”, the person being called insists on making a donation instead then the telemarketer must facilitate that. But they won't get any commissions for accepting a donation. Further, that donation will go wholly to the charity not just 30-40% of it. (Notwithstanding that in a donations-only campaign a cut applies but less eg 50%). Things of a dodgy nature can occur when a person called asks to make a donation - as you could believe. Having a person express the audacity to simply want to donate to charity instead of providing the telemarketer with their commission is not something they are likely to cop without resistance. The better telemarketers will try and steer you toward entering the raffle. They will try to lead you to believe or allow you to believe that there is really no difference between donating or entering the raffle. It's still going to charity right? And perhaps one of your lucky numbers will answer its calling in life? They certainly won't tell you that by changing from the donation to the raffle will mean that eg your $100 to charity has now been shrunk to $30-$40 just so the telemarketer can get a small commission (but they all add up). As well the statistics (which may be posted on electronic sales figure boards) which determine a telemarketers employment stability and other prospects such as increased hours per week will be improved by making the sale instead of meekly submitting to the donation.
Just reflect on that. Someone wants to give eg $100 to charity. They get hoodwinked into giving only $30 and the remaining $70 is redirected otherwise, including into profit and commissions. Is that any better or different than someone reaching over the office counter at a charity and stealing $70? Yes it is because in one scenario the person ends up explaining it to a magistrate but in the other case the individual is rewarded and praised for good performance.
Wherein some sort of silly game is used to raise funds for
charity. The idea is that people aren’t really interested in
so if you tempt them with an underwhelming prize or overwhelm them with
extravagant obscenely wasteful prizes you will be able to raise money
for charity because the bottom line is that people don’t really
give a toss about anyone but their selves - all the time, time
again, without exception. To make matters worse the pedlars who flog
games will seek deceitfully to impose their devices on people who would
prefer to just donate. Professional fundraisers
make believe that entering their self-serving games is the same as
Law/Legislation made by acts of parliament, the legislative arm of govt. These are the ultimate Thou Shalt/Shalt Not's.
Numbers stupid, annoying name
given to entries/chances to win a prize in a fundraising raffle or art union.
Characterises the hollow headed, mercenary attitude that the professional fundraising
industry has to charitable collections. All chances/entries are
referred to as “lucky” even though, obviously only the 2 or 3
winning entries are lucky.
Evidently they think that deeming a microscopic chance to win a prize as 'lucky' is more appealing than giving your money to a worthy cause. Mind you, if you are the sort of sociological retard who is won over by such a gamble, go ahead it's a free country - even for people like you.
Raffle A method used to raise funds for charities. It is not the same as a donation but professional fundraisers keep that obscure. A fraction of your money will go to the charity in a raffle eg 30% - 40% but professional fundraisers will allow you to think differently especially during the sleazy selling process. Different from art unions in that prizes are smaller eg the cheapest new car on the market.
Regulation / Policy / Rules made by the executive arm of government ie Government depts, agencies, authorities commissions. These do's and dont's aren’t law made in parliament by they are developed by govt bureaucracies to help run the practical aspects of operations such as housing, health, fundraising etc.
Spiel/script A string of words whose status makes a criminal lawyer look as
honest and as candid as a saint. No surprise that "spiel" is a near anagram of "lies". Designed purely to get money out of
you, preferably on credit card. Very, very loosely related to the
work of the fundraising organisation. Usually composed by people who
neither know nor care about whatever is being fundraised for –
and perhaps approved of by a self-serving fundraising officer at a
low level within the fundraising organisation. Top heavy with smarmy
sentiment, lite on relevant facts. Despite this it is probably the
main form of public relations that the organisation does. Tends to
rely on reverse Darwinian selection in that those least fit to
exercise judgment, least fit to see through waffle and least able to
recognise a lying money grubber are the most likely to be compelled
by the emotive misrepresentation.
Supporter Another annoying, stupid and misleading term that professional fundraising types use in reference to people who give money to charity through them and their silly, ubiquitous lucky number raffles. What it really means is persons who are conned into paying for the wages and profits of unscrupulous professional fundraisers. Most of the “support” is for the paid staff and private owners of the business operation who have nothing to do with and couldn’t care less about whatever that charity (they call them clients) does.Your support is mainly for a lucrative, dishonest and disgraceful industry.
Third party A person or entity which facilitates a relationship between two other persons or entities. The relationship could be a business transaction or many other processes. In this context a third party is a business operator who provides a fundraising service for a non-profit organisation. It may not be a private business as there is a developing trend of non-profit groups who do in-house fundraising to provide that same service to other non-profits and thereby acquire an additional income source. Third party fundraisers routinely make false representations in the conduct of their fundraising - by misrepresenting themselves as the charitable organisation itself. The practice is condemned in at least one code of practice that we know of but professional fundraisers continue to do it shamelessly -even the non-profit third party providers - including actually scripting the misrepresentation in the official spiels. In the mercenary environment of the fundraising call centre, telemarketers can and do say whatever it takes to get a sale and it rarely gets called to account. The development of call lists tends to gravitate to the most trusting, the most gullible, the most easily swayed and the least discerning, but still provides a good easy income for unscrupulous professional fundraisers.