Frequently asked questions about our fundraisers

What is face-to-face fundraising?

Face-to-face fundraising involves fundraisers speaking to members of the public about a charity and asking them to sign up to support that charity with a regular (usually monthly) gift through their credit card or bank account. These conversations can take place on the street or at someone's doorstep.

Why does Forest & Bird use door-to-door fundraising?

Forest & Bird carries out direct dialogue fundraising is because it's the best way to tell people about the work we do and to attract new long-term supporters.

Regular gifts are vital to Forest & Bird because we can rely on them and this enables us to plan and fund a multitude of projects to defend our natural world.

Our fundraisers are passionate about seeking support for us. They have an important role in helping to build our regular giving programme.

Last year Nature’s Future supporters contributed more than $1.7 million to our conservation and advocacy work.

How can I be sure the fundraiser is really from Forest & Bird?

Forest & Bird representatives are dressed in brightly coloured green apparel and wear a name tag to identify themselves.

When do Forest & Bird’s face-to-face fundraisers work?

Our face-to-face fundraisers visit residential homes until 7:30pm in winter. For public street sites, their fundraising hours are from 8.30 to 6pm.

Is my information secure?

Absolutely! Our fundraisers use tablets to collect information electronically, which ensures the security of our donors. They should never ask for cash donations when doing door to door fundraising.

How is face to face fundraising regulated?

Forest & Bird is a member of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) of New Zealand. They work with charities and service providers to ensure quality, integrity and transparency in face-to-face fundraising by creating an atmosphere of public confidence and regulatory satisfaction. 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions or comments about our fundraising, please contact us on 0800 200 064 or