My husband and I have been truly blessed, and we try to share our good fortune with worthy causes. We have a list of charities to which we regularly make donations – but we would probably give more if it weren’t for the negative consequences.
Yesterday I collected a few days’ worth of mail from the P.O. Box, and found that of the 20 or so items there, about half were solicitations for more donations. We give on a schedule and sending us cute little stickers or pocket calendars that we just throw away costs the charity money and does not make us give more or more often. In fact, it has the opposite effect: all this unwanted mail (paper spam) makes me reluctant to send more money and encourage the practice. The elaborate (albeit useless) nature of some of the "tokens of appreciation" also make me wonder exactly how much of the money I send ever gets to those I’m trying to help by sending it.
Come on, those of you who are in charge of charitable organizations: let up. I don’t need "thanks" for my donations – especially in the form of thinly veiled attempts to squeeze more out of me. Use my money to help those you purport to be there for, not to fill up my mailbox. If you sent me a nice, simple letter of solicitation a couple of times a year (not two or three times a month), you’d get more from me, not less.