Johnson’s scathing rant: ‘They’re dogs’
YOU see them everywhere. People in a sloganed T-shirt carrying a clipboard as they stand outside train stations, set up in shopping centres, or even knocking from door-to-door.
They claim to be from a charity organisation and aggressively target members of the public in an attempt to get credit card details under the guise that it is going to a worthy cause.
But in many instances, the charities they purport to work for, never see a cent of your donation.
Charity muggers, or "Chuggers," are ruthless and will do whatever they need to meet their quota and sign as many people up as they can.
"Chuggers are slugs, they're dogs. Look I've really got no time for them to be honest," Samuel Johnson told Today.
Johnson, 40, knows all about reputable charity work, co-founding Love Your Sister with his late sister Connie Johnson in 2014.
The Molly actor's charity raises funds to encourage women to check for signs of breast cancer and improve survival rates. Connie sadly passed away in 2017, but Johnson has continued the charity work raising more than $7 million in funds since its inception.
While a large number of Aussies still sign up via commissioned street workers, studies have found the majority of those people cancel their subscription within the first eight months of sign up.
What they don't realise is that for the first 12 months, the money only goes towards commission costs, paying the third party that employs the street collectors. So in many cases the charity never actually sees a cent of what you donate.
"They're not doing anything illegal. But if you're not prudent about how you give, if you don't know about the organisation that you're giving to, then I'd be pretty cynical about how much is actually going to the cause," said Johnson.
Charities, as good as their intentions are, often don't have the skills or resources to raise funds themselves. This is why they outsource to a third party, a group who at face value are there to raise money for the charity but on the books are actually making ridiculous profit before the money even gets to the charity. If it gets there.
So in those instances where people cancel because they were pressured into signing up or are bad at saying no and cancel shortly after, the charity actually never sees a cent of the donated money.
It's worth considering, next time you want to donate to a worthy cause, cut the middle man out and go straight to the organisation themselves.