Britain's biggest charities are to hold crisis talks over the future of 'chugging' - and whether it should be scrapped altogether.
The summit meeting has been convened in the wake of an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph into the practices of one of Britains biggest street fundraising companies.
The findings have prompted the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) to host a summit on the future of face-to-face fundraising.
About 30 fundraising directors, from Britains biggest charities, will attend.
The IoFs chief executive, Peter Lewis, has said it was time to re-assess the public's experience of 'chugging'.
There is growing concern that for every donor recruited by chuggers, many more are put off, he added.
Charities will now look at introducing a 'kite-marked' training scheme for all street fundraisers, to ensure the highest standards are met.
What the summit meeting on 'chugging' will discuss
- The future of face-to-face fundraising.
- The future of 'chugging' - and whether it should be scrapped altogether.
- The standardised training scheme for street fund raisers.
- A government report last week suggesting that councils should be given the power to control number of chuggers.
- A framework for the public to complain.