Thursday, May 3, 2007

When reducing mail don't forget about Charitiable Giving

If you have ever sent a gift to a charity or non-profit orginization you know that you will get soliticitations and "updates" from them until you die. I ran across a blog post today from USA Today where the author suggests...
"Try Internet giving sites. Network for Good and Justgive.org are non-profit groups that process online donations to thousands of charities. Both websites let you make anonymous contributions to the charity of your choice."

"Make privacy a condition of your gift. Look for charities that have a written policy stating that they won't sell or trade your information. Some charities let donors "opt out" of receiving solicitations. "

Either way, I suggest you always be careful when giving out your personal information, getting on the wrong list could make your phone ring for years.

What my wife and I do is practice cheerful giving while not telling the complete truth. (God is understanding.) We have a fake phone number we use for all of our bills, utilities, credit, movie rentals, and chairties. We use the same number so its easy to re-reference us by our phone number... you just can't call us there. We also each have a junk e-mail address.

USA Today Blog - Charitable givers can kiss a lot of junk mail goodbye if they're careful

Also, see this previsous post on Reducing Mail and Telemarkers.

1 comment:

Brittany said...

Another company that lets you give Charitable donations is Firstgiving.com. It's a website that helps anyone create a free personalized fundraising page for any non-profit that is registered through GuideStar, a registry of nearly 2MM non-profits. Also any funds raised are sent directly to the non-profit and so no one has to work about how the funds are getting there or where they are going to.