Having recently been *ahem* encouraged to join our PA, and tasked with the job of encouraging local companies to donate/help with our school bazaar, I have been frankly surprised be the negative response.
Tiger, Sainsbury's, WH Smiths and Boots all asked for a letter with the school contact details, and said they would organise something. This was 3 weeks ago and the fair is on the 30th, which they know. Nothing has been forthcoming, not even a phone-call. Starbucks go on about how important helping the local community (including schools) is to them (http://www.starbucks.co.uk/customer-ser ... onsibility
), but my experience was not good. I was told that they organised containers of freshly brewed coffee with cups. I phoned them a few days later and was told that the didn't do it, but call when the manager was in the following day. I called and was merrily told they could help, then was told the next day that they couldn't but to send an e-mail and they would see what they could do. This was on Friday and the following Monday they didn't call as promised, so I emailed them. Next day no answer, so I called head office, and received an e-mail minutes later from the branch saying they would help. They aren't a franchise but company owned, Is this normal, or am I just useless??! The best response was from Poundland, who were really nice, but needed at least a months notice, which I missed by 3 days....and
Has anyone experienced this when fundraising, or know of companies who help?