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The Difference Between Fundraisers and Pickpockets

Fundraisers and Pickpockets

I can’t imagine there is a fundraiser anywhere in the world who has not heard someone say, “I could never do that.” Often feels as if they are implying you are doing something illegal or immoral.

While it’s true that I have never been described as shy, I can train anyone to solicit gifts. I could never train anyone to be a pickpocket.

Have you ever been pickpocketed? I have. My story is at the bottom of this blog. 

Pickpockets grab money when someone isn’t looking. Fundraisers make a clear ask.

Pickpockets will take anything from anyone. Ethical fundraisers won’t accept a gift larger than the person wants to give.

Pickpockets are distracting you so they can take what they want. Fundraisers are providing information and data points so donors can give what they want.

Pickpockets leave the person feeling uncomfortable after the interaction. Fundraisers want to leave every conversation with a donor or prospect feeling better than when they started.

Pickpockets try to get away with something. Fundraisers provide transparency.

Pickpockets are out to steal for personal benefit. Fundraisers benefit a nonprofit and those receiving services from the nonprofit.

Pickpockets don’t give a person a choice. Fundraisers offer multiple opportunities to support a nonprofit.

Pickpockets are looking for a quick interaction. Fundraisers are looking for a life-long relationship with a donor.

Pickpockets are thieves. Fundraisers benefit the world, or some portion of it.

If you need help training fundraisers or just want sympathy because you have been pickpocketed, click here to schedule a free consultation.

On the other hand, if you want to learn how to pick pockets, I can’t help. Sorry.

My story

When was I pickpocketed? It was many years ago in London. I walked into the Tube and saw the sign that said, “Watch your wallet!” I followed my natural instinct to feel for my wallet and make sure it was still there. Turns out, thieves stand by these signs to see where you feel. And then ask for directions. Or something else benign while their “friend” takes your wallet. Remember, mind the gap!