16 Jul

“A recent survey found that nearly 70% of charities expect to raise more money in 2016 than they did last year” (G. Vargo, personal communication, June 20, 2016).

I continue to be dumbfounded that charities routinely send me:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Address labels
  • Wrapping paper
  • Calendars
  • Day planners
  • Pens
  • T-Shirts
  • Greeting cards
  • Stickers
  • Gift labels
  • Holiday cards
  • Socks


I do appreciate the gifts since all of these things were unsolicited and arrived through the U.S. Mail, but why do you do this?  Aren’t there better ways to invest charitable contributions?

However, charities do have an interesting marketing strategy.  About a month after receiving my “gift,” I receive what appears to be an invoice for the item.  Why?


I once had an elderly client who was considering bankruptcy.  We worked through her monthly expenses.  We got through the regular expenses (food, shelter, utilities, etc.) without difficulty.  When asked about any other monthly expenses, the client produced a stack of “invoices” from charities and indicated that roughly two hundred dollars a month went to pay these bills.  We were able to avoid a bankruptcy with a little financial counseling.

Is this ethical?


One Response to “Charity”

  1. transplantfromohio September 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    Isn’t it a waste of their funds while fund raising to send out premiums? It seems that guilt is an important piece of the puzzle. I sent you a package of cards. Can’t you send $5 to pay for them and an extra $5 to help xyz? Ugh.


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