The Math: Street Charity and the Rules of Engagement

January 25, 2012 Published in the February 2012 issue of Seattle Met


Amount canvassers-for-hire company Public Outreach raised for charities such as UNICEF, Amnesty International, and Save the Children Federation in 2010, according to the Secretary of State’s office


Number of complaints per 3,500 contacts with the public claimed by Public Outreach


Amount Dialogue Direct, whose canvassers solicit for Children International, paid in legal fees after the Attorney General’s office accused it of misleading donors


Footsteps a canvasser is now permitted to take toward a Seattle pedestrian, per a code of conduct agreement signed by charity solicitation companies in December 2011


Total rules in the code of conduct agreement, including no aggressive begging, no blocking a pedestrian’s path, and accepting rejection politely


Blocks—only between Pike and Pine streets from Ninth Ave to Pike Place Market—where the agreement applies

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