A few month's back, we shared one donor's concerns about excessive and expensive charity mailings. Our post got picked up by the Chronicle of Philanthropy where it generated a lot of feedback. Since then, donors continue to voice their frustration with specific charity's solicitation practices in the comments section of our ratings pages and in their emails to us.
Here's an excerpt from one email detailing a donor's efforts to get off charities' mailing lists:
"I've been contacting a lot of charities lately trying to get off their mailing lists because I find it so wasteful when they send unwanted address labels, greeting cards, calendars, etc. It's been an interesting experience - discovering which charities don't share info, which ones take the time to respond, etc. One charity has been so helpful in helping to determine which other charities are sharing their mailing info that I may contribute to that charity later this year."
Consult the Tips portion of our site to find out what steps you can take to reduce the number of appeals you receive.