During my career I worked for three major corporations. Was laid off from the first.
Each of these companies had a drive each for employee contribution which would be deducted from each paycheck. One of them was called United Fund. Part of the sales pitch was this weekly contribution saves you from deciding among 100s.
That was fine in theory but many of our favorites were not among those on United Fund so we each would do United Fund plus our favorites.
Now I'm retired United Fund is out and all are selected from requests received in the mail. We have a policy, no, nada, zero pledges by phone.
Most are aware that donor lists are easily bought. My office has become a clearing house for donation requests. We average 5/day or about 1200/yr. Requests often come in 11x12 envelope with anything from a small blanket, cloth shopping bag, American flag, calculator, desk set, calculator, 1000 gold monogrammed return address labels for the egotist, nickels, dimes and even an occasional $1.00 bill.
Apparently non profit groups sometimes hire campaign people who think sending the prospective donor something, anything will make them feel guilty if they don't contribute!
We contribute $1000s/yr. The guilt trip crap almost always guarantees no contribution!!
This is a vent. Be glad to send you huge calculators, fabric shopping bags, 100 ball point pens that sorta write if S&H is pre paid
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