Yesterday (28.05.12) I received a package in the mail from a charity. Now like most people in the western world, I get bombarded by charities a lot. I have chosen one charity to support at this time, because it makes sense to me to support them, but also, because I have a budget. Last Christmas I had desperate charities sending me blank Xmas cards to use and then billing me for them, even though I hadn’t ordered the cards; I have charities ringing me up, being very firm, in a polite way, pushing me for money and being consistently demanding. Even the charity I do support has been asking me to commit to more money in donations. All of this pushiness has made me feel a bit annoyed. Like most people, I care about the recipients of my donation, that is why I do it. However, I do not care for the at times begging and soliciting behaviour that some charities are conducting. We are all hurting. I know that in Australia, on paper there are lots of wealthy people and we got through the GFC with a big tick, but we have a massive cost of living. For people earning 100 thousand dollars a year, who have a family, it is hard to get by, because the cost of living is so high.
Now this package I received had a Koala toy in it and some paper work along, with a bill, so I immediately thought they were soliciting money out of me and I felt outraged. By yesterday I was all charitied out and I was not going to have this anymore. I told them so, too, on their Facebook page.
Well, late last night, after a business meeting, my partner and I got home and I showed him this solicitous package. He said, ‘Oh great it came!’ ‘I was supposed to intercept it though and give it to you myself. I donated to them as a gift to you and this bear and certificate are yours. ‘ Well how much of a big old mean dumb bum did I feel?!!! I made a complete ass of myself, because of the feelings I was harbouring about the behaviour of other charities. This was a legitimate package, from a legitimate organisation.
I have aspirations myself of starting a charity, but with an eco-business funding it. I care about the people and the animals that the donations go to, in charities everywhere. However, the behaviour of some of those who wish to help others in need, in my opinion, needs to be reviewed, because it taints the minds of people who would genuinely be their greatest supporters. I am not a perfect person, yesterday was proof of that. My lovely man donated on my behalf as a gesture of love. Last night I took that toy koala and cuddled it in bed , because it was the right thing to do, for my partner’s sake.
How do you feel about the behaviour of charities and if you are a regular donor, who do you donate to and why?
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