Every year at Christmas I do around the houses tin collecting, most people give very willingly and are polite, we get the odd one or two who refuse. and some who peep from behind the curtains, most of the money goes to provide food hampers for elderly living alone or else with special needs.
Only ever had once a couple of 'charity collectors' at our door.
Two young girls about 10/12 years of age, came to the door with a tin and said they were collecting on behalf of their school, who was sponsoring the local zoo for the rebuilding of an elephant house. Later checks proved the 'charity collectors' were collecting for themselves. They made quite a bit of money that week, before they were finally caught :O(.
The only charity caller who gets any money from me is Christian Aid. The rest get short shrift.
I give to a couple charities via gift aid from my salary, and perhaps the odd TV request after a national disaster. But you have to draw the line somewhere, or else I would have to resort to the charities to get food to eat...
Most of the collectors in this area appear to leave an envelope through the letterbox and call to collect the donation later. Regardless of who answers the door for the collection it is usually Muggins who is called upon to donate. Ah me, the joys of being the *supposedly* head of the household.