Your response James, particuarly with regards to political canvasers, smacks of hypocricy, suggesting that someone questoning the usefulness of canvasers doesn’t understand.
I would argue that, similarly, you don’t have a clue about fundraising, and most of your comments would offend the average fundraiser. None of the practices that you have suggested are condoned by the industry. In fact, they are all contrary to the code of practice. Much like in any walk of life there are those who don’t follow the rules. That, however, does not make their behaviour the rule.
I genuinely don’t believe that there is this huge swathe of negative opinion about street fundraisers (but would be delighted for you to show me the evidence of the vast majority you suggest). Merely a small, vocal group rallied by people like yourself. Someone so blinded by your own opinion that you can’t believe that two people might speak up in defence of fundraisers within a 10 minute period.
The only point that I will concede to you is the cost of running a website. I’m sure that you will know how much one costs, seeing as you have your own. However you ignore the considerable, regular investment that marketing and driving traffic to a site requires. Web media space is not cheap, or particularly succesful in converting visitors in to donors. As someone who runs a donor recruitment programme, I can vouch for the success of street fundraising over any other method that we currently use, including our website.