Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Non-profit solicitations

We, like so many people in the US, make some number of contributions to non-profit organizaitons. It is our pleasure to do what we can, we always wish that we could do more for more good causes.

Having reached that personal limit of "what we can do" at any given time, it pains me greatly to see all of the money that almost every group then wastes in trying to get us to give more. We receive pads of papers, enough address labels to last a lifetime, and most recently, a handmade keychain.

What I would like to be able to do in each case is to go to a website for the organization and tell them not to send anything more for 6 months. After 6 months, send me a note, if you like, and then send me one a year from now. Nothing more.

It would increase how much we give, and it would decrease my frustration at tossing so many printed resource dollars into the recycling bin. What a terrible waste and how eminentaly avoidable.

These organizations should be leaders in eveyr sense, including the creative use of what an electronic connection to contributors can achieve to make everyone happier and more good causes well-served.