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Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now #5336169 01/30/20 08:48 AM
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We donate to a few charities. Our postal mail box is now overflowing with appeals from other charities. They trade or sell donor lists to each other. I get it, people who have donated are prized leads for mail campaigns or etc. But this is ridiculous. Our letter carrier probably hates us.

Wish there was a way to designate that if we donate to your charity and you give our name out as a hot lead to umpteen other charities, then we will cease donating to you.

Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336178 01/30/20 08:56 AM
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Subbed for info. I donated a few times in the past couple years and the amount of mail that I get now is ridiculous.

Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336180 01/30/20 08:57 AM
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I place a Post-It note on the form whenever I donate.
It reads what you just said but in fewer words as it must fit on a the little square piece of yellow paper.
It appears to work as we don't see many "secondary" mailings.

I had an uncle who used different letters for his middle initial just to get a lead on which list was sold around.

Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336183 01/30/20 09:01 AM
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I did that in the past and realized that they will sell your data and that I'd be getting junk mail forever. I quickly stopped being nice guy and toss the mail as a rule. I limit my giving to church now, all the places I want to give money to I already do, I don't need any more charities to support.

You can try moving, that seemed to do the trick for me.


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Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336191 01/30/20 09:14 AM
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I only give money to my Church (Child & family services), and the Salvation Army. It took almost five years for the extra mail to stop after donating to a major charity. Ed


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Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336195 01/30/20 09:22 AM
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I dont have enough expenses to itemize, so donating doesnt make sense. If I ever do, I'll weigh this if its worth it. TY for heads up, OP.

Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336203 01/30/20 09:28 AM
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I haven't seen it. This year I did ACS and Shriner's Hospitals for Children.

I still have to send some $$ to the local Meals on Wheels.

I do get a lot from Médecins Sans Frontières and Heifer Intl.

I never gave to Heifer Intl but have been a big supporter of

Doctors without Borders


My wife gets mails from Wildlife Fed and ASPCA all the time.
If you look on Charity Navigator you will see typically tens of millions of dollars annually spent on marketing

You can call and get off the mailing list.

Junk mail is a Small price to pay for you generous donation and help.

It IS Too bad about the excessive marketing and trash being generated.

Time for a Federal Law ?

again You can call and get off the mailing list. It may even work.

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Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336208 01/30/20 09:31 AM
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Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336209 01/30/20 09:32 AM
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The upside is you’ll never have to buy a return address label for the rest of your life.

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Originally Posted by Ws6
I dont have enough expenses to itemize, so donating doesnt make sense. If I ever do, I'll weigh this if its worth it. TY for heads up, OP.



Please, Ws6, Donating shouldn't be associated with your tax relief , should it?


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Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336213 01/30/20 09:35 AM
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Like feeding a stray cat........they keep coming back for more.


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Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: ARCOgraphite] #5336214 01/30/20 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by ARCOgraphite
You can call and get off the mailing list..

That’s what I did. I just called them up and asked them to stop mailing me.

They did stop.

Job done


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Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: Aredeeem] #5336215 01/30/20 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Aredeeem
The upside is you’ll never have to buy a return address label for the rest of your life.


LOL, that's one of the freebies some of them enclose to guilt you into throwing coin to them.

Just to be clear though, we do support a few charities and we give weekly at church which helps with community relief efforts and the local food bank. Just can't feed all the stray cats (metaphor) that are showing up.

Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: LoneRanger] #5336234 01/30/20 10:01 AM
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We stopped all donations to national charities and instead give the money only to local charities. This way we know the people, know how they operate and spend the money, and know the money is helping local people. These charities such as our food bank, Humane Society, volunteer fire department, volunteer first aid, and various education groups do not have the budget to flood our mailbox with solicitations and do not sell our name to the nationals. We usually get just one or two letters per year from each of them during their annual donation campaigns or for events. I also give substantial time volunteering for our food bank, which runs on a shoestring budget and feeds hundreds of food stressed families each week. Sometimes giving time and expertise is more valuable than money.

Re: Wish We Hadn't Donated to Charity: Mailbox Overflowing Now [Re: Aredeeem] #5336241 01/30/20 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Aredeeem
The upside is you’ll never have to buy a return address label for the rest of your life.

Or note pads. crackmeup


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