Dear worthwhile cause and/or charity
Dear worthwhile cause and/or charity,
Yes, your cause and/or charity sounds like a worthwhile thing to which I should donate some money.
I’m not going to at this time.
You see, once upon a time, I was stupid enough to say yes to one of you (Auckland’s Starship Hospital, if you were wondering) and shortly after that, not a day would go by where I *didn’t* get a phone call from a cause and/or charity also wanting my money.
And my mailbox became full of junk mail from other worthy causes and/or charities.
The final straw came when Starship sent me a parcel. Supposedly it was an envelope. Said parcel came wrapped in glossy paper, and was written on heavyweight paper. It included magnets, keychains, glossy paper greeting cards, and a bunch of other stupid things.
It made me wonder where my original money went, tell you the truth. Did it help a child on the ward, or did it go towards paying for glossy paper and keychains?
Not to mention that Starship clearly had sent my details on to other worthy causes and/or charities with “HERE’S AN IDIOT!” written all over it.
So, dear worthwhile cause and/or charity, sorry. I will not be donating to your cause when you phone me up with your sob story or snail mail me greeting cards painted by a blind, one-armed child in Africa.
However, I will take your details and I’ll check you out in my own time. I’ll check to see where my money actually goes, because if I’m going to give you money to help your worthwhile cause and/or charity, it had better damned well go towards what you say it will, and not magnets and keychains. If I like what I see, I’ll donate to you anonymously.
Anonymously. So you don’t deluge me with phone calls and paper that I don’t need. Because I really really hate that and it prejudices me against your worthwhile cause and/or charity.
Just ask Starship. They don’t get my donations anymore, even though they are a worthy cause.
Annoyed Former Idiot
- Find out how charity groups spend their donations (charlotte.news14.com)
- How to Choose and Evaluate a Charity Before Giving (webmd.com)
- Free Stuff from Charities (suddenlyfrugal.com)
- 4 ways to Donate to Charity Online (benway.net)