Saturday, September 19, 2009

How Can We Change This?

This post is not in line with what I typically blog about. Nothing edible here today folks, unless you're looking for food for thought. And I apologize in advance to anyone who's paying a visit to my blog today and expecting to find me in my usual lighthearted and air headed state.

Let me just say up front that I believe in and support charitable organizations and most certainly sympathize with all who are in need. And I do my best to share my good fortune with those who might not have such good fortune. But currently I am pissed off at all of those charitable organizations that send me "gifts" in an attempt to procure funds from me. In the past two weeks I have received no less than ten standard (USPS) mailings, all asking for donations. No problem, as such. You can beg until the cows come home and I'll either give or not give, depending on the status of both my hormones and my pocket book. What really cheezes my chit though, is when I get "free" address labels, and sticky note pads, and calendars, and greeting cards, and book marks, and then when I'm forced to think about how much of my donation is actually getting to the needed party, I have to accept and realize that so much of that money and effort is basically being wasted on teasers to earn more donations. That's crazy. It's insane, even!

Yesterday I received a plea from an organization that stickied a dime to its request. Can you imagine how many dimes were sent out in an attempt to draw more dimes? Can you even imagine how many people threw out those dimes? Junk mail means different strokes to different folks and I can totally see a fair number of people tossing that mail into the trash without even opening it to squirrel away that dime. You know what that means? YOU ARE THROWING AWAY MONEY... March of Dimes, St. Jude, Heart Association, Diabetes Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, Easter Seals... etc, etc, etc.

Here's my vow... and don't even try to call me on this, because I've decided it's so.

If you want my money... STOP sending me stuff. I will NOT support your cause if you continue to waste my money, yours, and most importantly THEIRS by sending me note pads and address labels and sticky dimes. Just stop it already.

I really don't have the solution to this problem, and I apologize to all of you who devote your time and efforts to charity, but can't we find another way to make sure that our money is spent in the best possible way? For starters, how about you wait to send me my address labels, calendars, sticky notes and such until AFTER I send you a donation.

11 comments:

HoneyB said...

Totally agree with you here. We live in a wasteful world - many people could use their money, time, and talents in a much better way.

Lady P said...

my mom was just commenting on the very same thing the other day and i could not agree with you more
just more paper for the dumpsites of the world - which we sometimes have sent overseas to have a poorer nation than ourselves dispose of for us

Carole said...

My grandmother used to have the same complaint and used to actually call charities she gave to regularly and said "take me off of your mailing list b/c I don't want you wasting money on pretty brochures and other such things." which of course got me to thinking and I totally agree. I'm with you - I'll either give or I won't. Sending me mailings won't change my mind. But at the same time, if I have donated in the past I don't feel guilty about using said address labels etc...

Jane said...

I completely agree. One needs to be really selective when deciding which organizations are using charitable dollars in the best way. (And, hey, if you can't speak your mind on your own blog, where can you?)

:) Jane

bewitchingkitchen said...

Once, a couple of years ago, I fell into this trap and donated to the March of Dimes, as well as to the "calendar" AND the "address label"

You would not believe the amount of mail arriving at my door afterward

Live and learn, I don't do it anymore.

totally agree with you...

June said...

I'm behind you one hundred percent on this Mags. You really wonder exactly where the money is going and I'll be darned I'm going to have my donations spent on some rich executive's salary or for labels I can print myself for next to nothing. For sure, don't get me going on telemarketers either - I make a point NOT to use their businesses -particularly drives me insane when they keep calling even though we're on a do not call list.

Alice said...

I agree completely!! It's so irritating to receive all that crap in the mail. Such a waste.
If the fund raisers were smart, they'd do as you suggested and send the token thank-you's after the contribution or donation has been made.
I believe in funding research, not second and third party businesses.
I'll get off my soap-box, now.

Moogie said...

Mags, can you spare a dime? I know you've got one, you shared that fact with the blogosphere.

By the way, look out world. When you get your panties in a wad, you are fierce.

Mags said...

Thank you all for commenting. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in feeling this way.

Moogie: Ohhh, I've tempered considerably. You shoulda been around about five years ago when I was at the bottomless pit called menopause!

stephchows said...

I got the dime one too!!! And i thought the EXACT same thing!! It bugged the crap out of me!!

John said...

:-) I'm late to the comment party re this blog. Somehow I'm reminded of that scene in that old horror flick "Frankenstein"..the townspeople form an angry mob and go after Boris Karloff..or was that Lon Chaney in "The Werewolf?" oh well ::grabs lighted torch and joins mob:: let's go get em, Mags!!! : )