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19 Secrets Charity Fundraisers Will Never Tell You

It's like working in a call centre, but everyone hates you to your face.

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1. We know all the super depressing statistics and sometimes quote them around our friends.

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2. We can recite our charity pitch, word-for-word, on command. Not that anyone ever asks us to.

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We say the same damn thing about 60 times a day, every day, for months.

3. Our energy drink intake can be disturbingly high.

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Because walking around for seven hours straight makes you SO TIRED.

4. We have experienced so many weird reactions to casual questions.

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It's not unheard of to have people slamming the door in your face or chasing you out of their garden with a rake.

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5. Because people can have a secret dark side when it comes to saying no to charity.

You don't have to swear at us 😔
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You don't have to swear at us 😔

6. We're always quite proud when we come up with a new variation of the pitch, like an amazing joke.

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Although we eventually get tired of the joke.

7. If it’s cold, wet, or we’re having a really bad day, we really hope for someone to invite us inside for a cup of tea.

8. … But we also have a ready-to-go excuse for anyone that invites us inside when we really, really don’t want to.

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Maybe it's the angry-looking dog lurking behind them, or maybe it's the fact that none of their lights are switched on and they've answered the door in nothing but their underwear.

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9. There’s always that one guy who seems to get way more sign-ups than everyone else.

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We don’t trust him.

10. Realising how a tiny bit of politeness can make someone’s day has made us infinitely kinder ourselves.

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11. We often judge people on everything – their houses, their clothes, their response to us – because it’s the only fun we get to have all day.

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It's like an episode of Cribs but we're the only one invited.

12. And it's generally true that the richer the person, the more unfriendly that person will be towards us.

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13. Deep down, most of us hate bothering you.

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14. We’ve perfected the art of asking to use a complete stranger’s bathroom.

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15. … But we try to save the bathroom question for the houses that we really want to see the inside of.

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16. We know all the secret excuses that people can’t say no to.

“Rejection handling” is a thing, and most fundraisers are taught to only take no for an answer on the third time.
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“Rejection handling” is a thing, and most fundraisers are taught to only take no for an answer on the third time.

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17. There’s an office we call every time we get a sign-up.

"Sharon! Hey! Guess what! I did it again!"
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"Sharon! Hey! Guess what! I did it again!"

18. We might start off super shy, but by the time we’ve talked to hundreds of people we sort of just forget to be shy.

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19. The days are long, the people are mean, and the work is hard – so that one person that takes time out to be kind to us makes all the difference.

Note: This post is based on one person’s experiences.