Chutzpah- Charity Turned into Piles of Junk Mail

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.

chutzpah

Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

Here is my Chutzpah experience of the week.  I have been getting my mail and it seems that every other letter is one asking for a donation. I made the mistake of donating money to an organization that must have sold my information to other charities. I donate and do what I can but I am unable to give to everyone. I am really bothered by the fact that I am now receiving piles of requests.  We get address labels, stickers, note pads, and magnets. Doesn’t this cost money? Shouldn’t this money be going to the people that they collected it for? I guess I am annoyed because I really wanted to help this charity and now I am not sure I will ever write them a check again. I still believe in charity so I will continue to care with coupons by donating them to the armed forces and using coupons to get items I can donate to the food bank and shelters.

I wonder how can I stop all of these request and still make a difference in the lives of the kids who I initially donated money on their behalf? What organizations do you support and how?



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Comments

  1. Rupa says

    Hi
    I am big fan of Madame deals and thought of sharing this with you. I Had similar experience about donating to Charities. Since last time we donated to one of the research foundation, we are getting so many phone calls and junk mails. We would love to keep donating them month after month and year after year but you are absolutely correct; instead of processing and posting those mails the money can be saved for the fund it self. Despite the fact that i once explained to the charity /fund raiser person on the phone that I am stay home mom and I would love to help to every one that i get mails and calls from, they still keep calling and mailing. I get calls from Nashville fire department for the donation. I am in Virginia and i don’t understand how they got my phone number. If I want to donate i would first donate to our local fire station. Unfortunately I can’t donate to every one in the states. and i don’t understand where does our tax money go to? I believe that federal and state funding should be enough to support them. Can some one explain this?

    • says

      Hi Rupa,
      It is very unfortunate that charities market to people in this manner. My mother in law told me she feels somewhat obligated to donate to a charity that sends the “freebies” in the mail. Now, I don’t feel that way but I know that some people do. I am thankful that the charity calls have at least slowed down with the do not call list! Calls are even more annoying than junk mail!
      Take Care!

  2. luv saving says

    I too have had similar experiences and here’s my solution… I donate to the charities I like when a store is doing a fundraiser for them. For example, CVS usually does an annual collection for St. Judes and Toys R Us for Autism Speaks. I donate $1, $5, or $20 at the store and then the charity can’t send me stuff in the mail b/c they don’t know who gave the donation. I give without getting junk and frustration afterward!

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