I've talked before about how we do not respond to phone solicitations for donations to charitable organizations. Any organizations that call us are asked to send us the details of what they are requesting in the mail. Then we can look over the information and take time to decide whether or not to give -- nice and logical like. The exact opposite of "I feel guilty now on the phone so I give immediately without thinking about it" sort of feeling many charities try and stick you with.
So I'm on the treadmill the other night and my son hands me the phone. It's a charity we've supported in the past (and one we actually like quite a bit). Before I can even give the lady my "send me something in the mail" spiel, she launches into a long-winded sales pitch of how they have an urgent need for some sort of emergency. Since I'm on the treadmill and previously engaged in an activity, I let her ramble. What do I care? Besides, I can barely hear her over the hum of the treadmill. :-)
At the end she says that we have given $500 in the past and asks if she can put us down for another $500 donation. I say no, explain our no-decision-over-the-phone policy, tell her she can send us something for consideration, and ask her to take us off her list because we NEVER GIVE FROM PHONE SOLICITATIONS.
She says she completely understands, then launches into a pitch about how any gift, even $20 or so, would be helpful. At this point, I'm not too thrilled with her or the organization. Didn't I just tell her we don't consider phone solicitations? Yes. Didn't she just say she understood me? Yes. So why is she asking for a donation over the phone? Is this the way the organization wants to do business? If so, I want nothing to do with them.
I reiterate what I just told her and she says (again) that she understands and we end the call. But that's not the only thing that's ending. My support for this organization is ending as well. If that's the way they want to handle their donors, that's fine by me -- just take me off the list because homey don't play that.