We are currently working with SMILE Fundraising Ltd, a professional fundraising agency, to carry out a door to door and private site fundraising campaign throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. This involves us setting up stands in local venues and knocking on doors throughout the area to talk to people about our work and asking them to support the Home with a regular gift.
Why are we doing this?
It costs us around £2.4 million every year to provide our vital care for stray, lost and abandoned dogs and cats. With the absence of any government or statutory funding, individual donations and support from our local community are vital to continue our work. This type of fundraising is a cost effective, low risk method of generating new support for the Home.
How do I know they are genuine fundraisers?
All agency staff will be wearing the Home’s branded uniform and will wear an ID badge. They will also have official Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home literature and will be carrying a tablet, which is used for signing up regular gifts. They will never ask you for a one-off donation or for a donation of cash or cheques.
At the bottom of this page you will soon be able to check where the team will be fundraising each week. However, if a postcode is not included do not assume that a fundraiser is bogus, as occasionally fundraisers can cross over into the next town or village by mistake.
If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of a fundraiser please call us on 0131 669 5331 (Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4.30pm) and we will be able to verify this for you. You can also send your questions to email@example.com.
How is this activity regulated?
SMILE Fundraising Ltd are members of the Institute of Fundraising and are regulated by the Fundraising Regulator, following their code of conduct. They are also monitored by the Institute of Fundraising Compliance.
Charity fundraising in Scotland is self-regulated and Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home are signed up to the Good Fundraising Guarantee, which means we guarantee to operate in line with the values of the Code: to be Legal, Open, Honest and Respectful in all our fundraising. To find out more please see our fundraising guarantee to you.
If you have any other questions or queries about our private site or door-to-door fundraising, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please remember to include your name and address. Please also include a contact telephone number so that we can call you if we need any more information to answer your question.
We realise that sometimes we might get it wrong and we truly value all feedback about our work. We believe that complaints are an opportunity to learn and improve and it is important that you tell us so we can deal with any situation as quickly as possible.
If you do have a complaint about our fundraising activities, please get in touch.