Let me be clear, I do support a number of not-for-profit entities financially with a fair amount of my money. Namely:
- Alzheimers Society of Canada
- Arthritis Society
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Cancer Research Society
- Canadian Diabetes Society
- Covenant House
- Heart & Stroke - Ontario
- Nepean Optimist club
- Ottawa Civic Hospital foundation
- Ottawa Humane Society
- United Way
- Victorian Order of Nurses
- War Amps
- Plus others that I can't remember offhand.
What gets me peeved is that I get a large number of unsolicited boxes of cards and labels. Just in the last two months I have received four boxes of cards and each box holds a dozen cards, several for mailing labels, one with a note pad and one with a pen enclosed. The labels are in sizes of approximately 50+. All of these except for one were directly addressed to me from organizations I current contribute to.
The problem is that I am giving to part of these charities my money and they are sending out materials that must cost them a fair bit of change to make and mail. That money could be used more productively going to what they are in business for. If they want they could send out a targetted solictitation for funds to existing donors and then have a check box that you can fill in if you give over $X for cards or personalized labels. One organization that does this is the war amps. You can check off a portion on the solicitation on if you want to receive personalized mailing labels.
I have hundreds of cards and labels that I have not used from prior years so I have a near-lifetime number of Christmas cards that I can mail out. Please stop, or better, ask me first before you send out the materials.