We recently received the following email from a Charity Navigator user, which mirrors many of the comments posted on our site. We’re sharing it here, as per the donor’s request, that we remind charities to respectfully promote their good works to potential donors rather than harass them with endless and expensive mailings.
“I wish you would recommend to all charities that they should include two opt-outs on their donation requests.
1. Do Not Send Gifts - It infuriates me to get labels, T-shirts, and other offers if I send more than x amount. I give to several charities and it really makes me uncomfortable that they are wasting my money on sending me items that I do not want. So I should be able to check an opt-out box. Particularly obnoxious are the ones that send nickels, to put those together must be very expensive. I have even had ones with a dollar bill inside.
2. Do Not Send Multiple Appeals - I am inundated with charitable mailings. I probably get a minimum of ten a day. This is ridiculous and a real waste of money. Charities should send no more than three, and if there’s no response, then they should take you off the list. I have written to a couple of charities asking to be removed from their list, but they still mail.
I think there are many donors who do not want their money spent on useless gifts or incessant mailings from charities they do not respond to.”