Donating to charity without being added to the mailing list?
January 14, 2013 7:28 AM Subscribe
One of my goals for 2013 is to donate a certain amount of my income to charity every month. I'm really excited about it - especially picking the groups that will receive my hard-earned $$$$$ (okay, $$$). But I'm NOT excited about the prospect of being put on mailing lists.
posted by Elly Vortex to Work & Money (16 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Last year I donated to a well-known wildlife organization. In my letter to them, I specifically asked not to be put on their mailing list. I don't want to be inundated with junk mail, requests for more money, mail from their friend organizations asking for more money, etc. Unfortunately, that's just what I got. I get a handful of solicitations a week from the wildlife org as well as other animal/environmental orgs - and I assume they got my name from the wildlife org, because I've never had any contact with them otherwise.
On the other hand, I donate regularly to NPR and they rarely contact me directly. Maybe twice a year I get an "increase your sustaining membership!" letter and I also get an annual report. That's the right amount of communication for me. I could do without listening to the fund drives on the radio, but that's not a big deal for me.
Is there some sort of magical language that one can use when donating money to a charity to make it clear how much communication I want there to be? I'd like to make it clear that I do not want solicitations, spammy junk mail, or to have my info shared with other like-minded organizations, etc. Would a phone call be more effective than a letter in this case? If I donate "anonymously", would I still wind up on lists (my name would be on the check...)?
If the only way to donate without being added to a list is to find a representative of the organization, throw them a wad of cash, and run away without giving my name... I guess I'd be willing to do that.