There are a few charities to which I make regular contributions. Those charities have causes I think are particularly worthy and they don’t constantly hound me, trying to get even more money. Every once in a while, an issue comes up or a special appeal is made and I will make a donation to a charity that I don’t regularly support. Unfortunately, now I have a post office box full of solicitations almost every time I pick up the mail.
I like to donate to worthy causes. At least that’s the case when I don’t get the impression that the charity is wasting the money they collect. Today, when I picked up my mail from the post office box, I had 6 envelopes from charitable organizations, all of them asking for more money. Two of the envelopes were from the same organization. I have previously spoken to charities that send “gifts” in their solicitations, such as return address labels, refrigerator magnets, calendars, and a host of other unnecessary items. I’ve been told that they receive more from the solicitations than it costs for them to send out this stuff. It just seems like a waste of the money that is being donated for a particular cause. I’m sure people don’t donate with the intention that their money should be used to solicit more donations.
There is a huge amount of unnecessary paper that is sent through the postal service every day. How much of the mail you typically receive is just thrown away? In my situation, I toss about 90% of what I receive in my postal box into the recycle bin. And a fair amount of that waste is solicitations from charitable organizations.
I can safely say that these solicitation campaigns are not convincing me to make more donations. It has the opposite effect. After I receive so many solicitations from a particular charity, I’m no longer likely to support that charity. If only they would get the message when they don’t hear from me and stop sending all this stuff.