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Requests For Money

October 8th, 2019 at 08:48 am

Between the robo calls and the mailings, we must be considered rich because they are so many requests for money. I was tricked last week, there was a name on the caller ID I recognized and I answered it, only to be spoofed. Grrr.

I normally don't answer the phone when I don't recognize the number, but this one got me. I politely declined, asked that our name be taken off the list, and hung up. Grrr.

I know this makes me sound selfish, but I'm about ready to quit giving to anything because if you do, they apparently sell your name to others and then you get more requests. Egad.

If the charity sends envelopes with postage paid, I am now sending back a note asking to be taken off their lists. I guess some of these organizations are given money just for the sending out for requests, but to be honest, I'm tired of the constant begging. There are lots of charities out there that do great work, but we cannot give to all. Then, of course, there are those are scams.

We do support certain charities, both national and local, but we can't give to them all. When do they stop sending them out? I know my mother-in-law and my mom kept getting requests even after they died for a year or so.

6 Responses to “Requests For Money”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    It's not selfish at all. I never give money in response to a phone solicitation. Many of these are paid fund-raisers. The person who calls you gets the largest chunk.

    When I donate, I contact the organization directly. That's how you make sure that your money is going where you want it to go.

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:

    Rob, you give a lot with your church’s hat making project - not just your money, but your time and your skills.
    I give to a few charities that I really believe in - I like donors.choose which supports direct aid to teachers for projects they design. I also like to give locally when I know the money all goes to the cause. I don’t give to phone solicitations because I don’t want to encourage them!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Most donors do not give out of the blue, but in response to solicitations. It's just a fact. If all the charities stopped asking, I promise you they would go broke very fast. I say this from the standpoint of years spent in fundraising. Just throw away your unwanted mail, don't answer unknown numbers, and please don't malign fundraisers who are terribly underpaid, but who are trying to do some good in the world.

    Don't forget -- even at church they pass the plate!

  4. Jenn Says:

    You're more polite than I am - I say "no thank you" while they're still talking and then hang up. My son asked me if that was rude and I told him that it's no ruder than asking someone you don't know for money!

    We do give to charities, but not the ones that call. I also get annoyed by solicitors outside grocery stores and even the grocery clerk requesting donations for a cause when I check out.

    We do our part not to encourage others to spend unwisely too. My boys participate in Scouts and sports, but at fundraiser time they don't ask others to purchase things. I make a donation to the organization or if the items being sold aren't outrageously priced, poor quality, or unhealthy, then I'll buy some for our family or for gifts.

  5. Lucky Robin Says:

    Rob--Put yourself on the do not call list. It will stop about 90% of the calls. I haven't gotten a robocall in a couple of years. I have gotten a couple of real people calls, but not much at all.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    We get fundraising mail every 4-5 of years addressed to the mother of the now 98 year old woman from whom we bought our house. The house had first belonged to the mother who evidently had been a donor to Paralyzed Veterans of America (founded 1946). I guess they never purge their ancient mailing lists.

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