- 9 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
Yes I also ‘dislike’ the constant fundraisers I’m hearing about from almost everyone I know and the guilt trips that go along with them. Once my boss had a fundraiser for his son (I barely knew him at this point) and sent out an email about it, which I thought was slightly inappropriate since i report into him, then sent out a follow-up email to everyone who hadn’t contributed asking for donations! I was floored, I never gave any $ because in general I don’t contribute to these types of fundraisers for my own personal reasons, but wow that was awkward and inappropriate.
But to your point about asking for donations then going on a spending spree. We helped out a younger family member financially on several occasions because he had a dead end low paying job and still wanted to come visit us and participate in family events. We paid for his meals, his travel, everything. Then after a few months of this, he announced he had saved up enough money to travel to Japan and spend the summer and was quitting his job. While I’m happy for him that he’s able to experience this, I feel kind of taken advantage of for supporting him not knowing he was actually pocketing the money to save for this trip. For this and many other reasons, never again will we just hand cash to people asking for it, instead we donate a certain amount to our chosen charities every year.