(Closed) Attending a charity event as a guest – would you go if you couldn’t give?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you attend a charity event if you knew you wouldn't contribute?
    Yes : (10 votes)
    59 %
    No : (6 votes)
    35 %
    Other : (0 votes)
    Why not - it's a free meal! : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I was under the impression that the “contribution” was the seat bought by your friend, and so a contribution had been made. But I’ve never gone to one of these, so I could be totally wrong about the etiquette.

    Post # 4
    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We have fundraising/awareness dinners quarterly with the home my mom has for women.

    Not everyone gives, but they are able to pass of info to others about who we are and what we do AND some have even suggested others we should invite that would probably be interested.

    I may be totally wrong but we haven’t seen it as a “must give” kinda thing.

    Post # 5
    2701 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would go and enjoy myself and then maybe figure out another way to help other than monetarily. Not sure what the cause is but perhaps you can volunteer or something?

    Post # 6
    6351 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I have hosted many charity events. Your presence is enough. Can you maybe buy a few raffle tickets if they are selling them?


    Post # 7
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have been in this situation many times. We usually go and get some raffle tickets. Think of it this way, your friend has already contributed (if they are sponsoring the table). These events are usually covered in the paper, and if the more people who are there, the better the event will seem – like people care about the charity, the cause, and are interesting in helping. Maybe in the future, you will be in a position to contribute.

    Few things are sadder than going to a charity dinner and half the seats are empty or people leave early, like they don’t care about the cause.

    Post # 8
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    Like others have said, your seat has already been “contributed” for. Charity organizers want to see a packed event– even if you can’t financially contribute, your presence contributes to the atmosphere and prestige of the event.

    Post # 9
    3255 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I was thinking exactly what @mightywombat said…

    Your enthusiasm for the cause means something, too.

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