Being inherently curious as well as thoroughly annoyed at the usage of paper and postage, I decided in late December 2014 to keep track of the “charitable” requests for my money. From Jan. 1 through June 30 I have found the following: 54 different requests, plus another 164 requests by these same agencies. Only 22 agencies made single requests, while 32 made multiple requests.
The grand prize winner was the American Cancer Society with 12, followed closely by AARP Foundation, Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Defenders of Wildlife, and World Wildlife Fund, each with 10 “urgent” notices. Some organizations went so far as to send two requests which arrived on the same day.
I am not a big giver and prefer to make contributions to local agencies with which I am familiar. But I find it disturbing to have my donations used to pay printers and the post office.
Having been employed by non-profit organizations I realize how important voluntary funding can be. It will be interesting to see if the results for the last six months of 2015 are the same.
Gin House Court