Canadian Red Cross: Annual Campaign (Got a fun letter today)

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
42166 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lalalyanne:  I don’t think it is unethical at all. If they didn’t make money for the Red Cross using this technique, they wouldn’t do it. Many other charities do the same thing. I regularly get personalized stationary, postcards, return address stickers from about 10 charities, etc etc.

I keep and use the ones I like and recycle the rest. My charitable donations are not determined by the chachkas they send me in the mail.

ps the address stickers are great to keep in your purse to enter contests you come upon in stores or home shows, travel shows etc.

Post # 5
3831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I get those address stickers all the time from different places – even my alma mater sends them. I keep the ones that have my married name, toss the ones with my maiden name and recycle the letters.

I got an awesome magnetic notepad from PSU recently – I’m using it for grocery lists! 

I never feel guilted into giving – if I wanted to give (and I do to some places), I would with or without address labels in return! I don’t know that it’s unethical… most of the these agencies have a fundraising budget and in a way, it could be seen as raising awareness if people use the stickers. (Though I admit, that’s a stretch.)

Post # 6
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@lalalyanne:  I get these from other charities all the time!

I was actually a bit frustrated the other day as I was trying to find my personalized return address labels, I wanted to use them on my thank you cards from my engagement party!

I choose to donate to my preferred charities, they can send me all the guilt and stuff they want.

Post # 7
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I haven’t gotten any yet (the joys of moving and not telling anyone haha) but my parents get a ton. What bugs me about it is that it must cost them to prepare these materials and send them out – how can you spend money to ask me to give you money because you don’t have enough? I find it wasteful, to be honest.

Post # 8
2372 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

Some charities actually get major comps or even printing for free… I could be wrong, BUT I think the companies that give them the stickers or printing can possibly use it as a tax deduction, because its their contribution to charity so they might be able to write off a lot of THEIR cost, and the charity is getting this printing for nearly for free (or completely free.)

As another PP pointed out… if they didn’t make money on it, they wouldn’t do it! Working for a non-profit, EVERY SINGLE CENT is counted and thought over. Well, at least the non-profits that aren’t “barely” non-profit!!! The ones that actually do their best to use their donor dollars the best way possible.

Post # 9
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Don’t feel obligated to give. Like @julies1949:  said, if they didn’t make money doing this they wouldn’t do it. These appeals do make them money. 

Also, you can ask them to remove you from their mailing list and any future appeals.

Post # 10
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Recently, I’ve noticed charities sending a nickel and asking that if you don’t want to donate, send back the nickel.  I found that very, very strange.  If you’re sending out a mass quantity of these, those nickels add up!

The stickers also make me feel guilty a lot of the time.  I usually get guilted into giving by them, and then it becomes a vicious circle.

Post # 11
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have never felt guilted or obligated to donate. They sent you the stuff, that’s their choice. Use it and don’t feel guilty!

Post # 13
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I heard recently that when people get things, they feel like they have to give in return.  That just doesn’t work for me.  I feel like if I do donate, rather than my money helping the cause, it would instead go to sending other people address labels or nickles.  There is a cancer charity that I’ve donated to several times in the past.  I didn’t donate this year.  I recently got a big calculator and notepad.  I know they get discount postage costs, but that’s just nuts.  It actually made me glad that I hadn’t donated.  If I did, and then got that, I would have felt that my money only went to give other people calculators.

The calculator is in my office desk drawer, and I have more address labels than I could use in this lifetime.

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