I just got off the phone with yet another group soliciting funds. Where does this all end?
I know charities and foundations must raise money for their various good causes, but there has to be a better way than harassing people on the phone all day long.
It has gotten so bad here that I don’t even recognize a legitimate calls from my bank or my insurance company, etc.
My first reaction is to say “no thank you.” I make my contributions either to my local church, and some charities that I choose to donate to, and I do this by my envelope being placed in the church collection plate, or I send a cheque to those charities that have contacted me via mail.
I have made a conscious decision that I will not donate over the phone ever again.
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Once they get your name and phone number you are doomed for the rest of your life, it seems.
Once again, I do not want to come down on the charities themselves, just the way the members go about contacting you, or playing a recorded message, over your phone, and then when you say no thank you, they suggest you give $100 rather than $200.
Holy cow, how many can give $200 to every charity that calls them? Not me, that’s for sure.
I have put a block on my phone but still the calls come in, sometimes up to a dozen a day.
A friend of mine was so frustrated with the calls one day she actually pulled her phone out of the wall and beat it up with a hammer.
Please help …
I don’t think I would go that far, but there are days I can scream really loud when someone on the other end of my phone starts in with a rehearsed spiel about how grateful they are for my past contributions and would I double my donation this time?
I’m not sure how many others feel as strongly as I do about this telephone-athon, but I know I am just about at my wit’s end. Yesterday I hung up on a call that sounded very much like a money-call and I found out later that it was from my bank. I had to apologize for the error.
I hope you print this in your paper, so that others who are bothered by this constant asking for money over the phone know they are not alone.
I feel there should be some kind of law against this type of soliciting.
Better go now — my phone is ringing, and sure enough, it is one of those very long phone numbers that generally indicate someone is going to ask me for money … oh me nerves!