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Biggest beef with giving and supporting causes...

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by webbie, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    ...is that it seems I end up on so many email lists!

    Every once in a while I decide enough is enough and spend a week unsubscribing to every single bulk email I get.......ah, the pre-New Years purge is now on!

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I hear you! It seems to be way worse this year, both in email and US mail.
  3. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    Just curious, would you rather receive the appeals via mail or email?
  4. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    Send all your giving and support to me, and I promise you'll never hear from me again.
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Don't ever hit that "unsubscribe" link. Just tells them that one of the spray hit and who.
  6. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    I hate the way they follow you around on the internet after you've visited the site ONCE!! Okay, okay, I"m sorry that the little girl died, but if I see a picture of her seven or ten times a day on whatever site I'm on, it becomes a little not-tragic-anymore. I am haunted by a persistent internet ghost. And if I give her money, it won't make her go away. She'll be back. And she will bring friends!
  7. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    My mom used to donate annually to a couple of causes...like American Cancer Society and such. She died in 1991. My dad continued to donate to a couple of societies, like the American Lung Association, until he died in 1998. I continued to receive solicitations, in both their names, for years, through two moves. Not just from the causes to which they had donated, but others as well. The mailing lists must be shared/sold/whatever. Because I was the one who finally settled the estate after my dad died, the public record showed my address as theirs, I guess. The address changes are somehow automatic through the postal service. It was pretty strange to still be receiving mail for my parents for more than a decade after their deaths. In some cases it took a phone call to get off the mailing list. In other cases they actually wanted me to send them a copy of the death certificate. Oh please! I never did. Gradually it all faded away. Once you give a nickel, you're on the list. I can't imagine what that costs them...money that seems to me would be better spent doing what they purport to be doing. But then, if they didn't do all the fund-raising stuff, they wouldn't have nearly as many funds, I guess. Anyway, I'm not particularly stingy, but I'm very careful about just how I donate. I remain as anonymous as I can. Rick
  8. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    Yah, but you are one of the good guys. That "ain't" easy, but then it is still the best way to go! :)
  9. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    In general, none at all.....
    But, being as they do have to at least try - I'd say once a year by mail and also email. But it seems as if some of them are constant.....and they add up!

    I think many of us are bombarded by too many messages these days.......
  10. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    True!.......and we make our choices.
  11. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    :gulp:
  12. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    That's why I give in person, plus no loss to administration costs.
  13. snowleopard

    snowleopard Minister of Fire

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    I've sent contributions intermittently to an organization that I think does good work. It helps people in remote African villages build rain cachement systems on their schools so kids can attend rather than spend a good part of their day hauling water for families. In some of these areas, water hauling is also dangerous because of conflicts in the region. As kids get better educated and opportunities increase, the region stabilizes. The systems are low-tech, use local labor for construction, and are locally sustainable, and each village that receives one of these commits to helping other villages get systems installed. It's a simple-brilliant win-win.

    This thread has made me realize that I have never received spam or nagging mail as a result of contributing money to them. I get a thank-you email when I send them a donation. If I want to know who they're helping or what they're up to, I have to go looking for it. I'm going to email them and thank them for that policy; it may influence them to continue it, and if nothing more, let them know that the policy is appreciated.
  14. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Neither, I make our contributions on our schedule and based on how the organization is performing. I do not want appeals, special offers, etc. They just clog our mailbox, analog or digital.
  15. kenny chaos

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    The only mail I get anymore are Pre-Disapproved Credit Card offerings.

    Bah
  16. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Yo Kenny, merry christmas.
  17. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos Minister of Fire

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    Yo Dune, merry Christmas to you.
    Thanks-
    Kenny

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