John Patterson you're thinking about it wrong. These organizations have a fundraising budget and that's why there's a middleman out there doing the messy necessary work of getting more people involved. I do Oxfam right now and I think it's important as hell. 100% of the money goes to the organization and then we get paid from the fundraising budget, that's how it works, don't doubt it, and don't let haters get you down. I hope you're still working as a canvasser John, and if you aren't go get yourself signed up again. Fuck all these people complaining about canvassers and them getting paid to do this work, sounds like a first world problem and commercialism denial. You've got these Americans out here who're throwing down a hundred dollars on a pair of sweatshop Nike tennis shoes complaining someone's asking them to feed the hungry in a thirdworld country. But do remember it's said Americans give the most to charity than any other country on average, so they've got more to give, recession or not.