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Comment from: Judy

Thanks for saying this, it's exactly what I already do. Someone close to me got caught up in the "giving to everyone that asked" and lost track of spending, got taken advantage of, all that mail, fraud, too. I'm trying to clean that up now for them and it's very difficult. In fact, if you have any advice as to what to do with all that "begging for donation" mail, I would love to know!

03/16/12 @ 09:59
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You can try adding your info. to the Direct Marketing Association's database at dmachoice.org

I've also had luck with sending back the stub in the postage-paid envelope with a large red message, "remove my name from your mailing list immediately." They seem to respond to that since it is done on their postage dime. It's in the interest of the nonprofit to keep a clean list. The savvy ones will remove your name and save themselves some wasted expense.

Good luck.

03/16/12 @ 10:17
Comment from: Kathy

Well written and so true. I agree with you 100% I have my list and really stick to it; and try not to feel bad when I say no to the others...

03/16/12 @ 12:40
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Thanks for the comment Kathy. Not feeling bad is easier said than done, I know.

03/16/12 @ 12:47
Comment from: Joy  

Yes; I pick and choose those close to my heart in accordance with available finances. If I give more than we can afford it's not fair to my homebase especially since my husband is the sole supporter. I really resent solicitation phone calls because I rush to the phone to answer and then have to say; "Please take my phone number off your calling list." With the mail I do the suggested 'Return to Sender' and it works! We are blessed to live in a country with so many freedoms but we need to protect our personal opinion & privacy.

03/16/12 @ 13:37
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I'm sure the data is posted somewhere, but I never researched what kind of outcome nonprofits get from phone solicitations. It must be fairly high. Necessary evil or not, there has to be a better way. Begging flatters no one.

03/16/12 @ 13:45