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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-30-10 09:44 PM
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31. I work in phone fundraising for a non-profit, so I know.
The DNC list is very good as far as for-profit companies go.

But for charities and non-profit agencies, letting it go to voicemail is the WORST thing you can do. The callers will keep trying until they get an actual human on the phone, because that's what they are trained to do. The BEST thing to do is to pick up the phone, say hi, and then say politely but firmly, "I'm not interested."

Most groups will respect your least for a year or so, or until the next time you buy tickets/make a donation.

That's how non-profits stay alive. They have to ask. They keep asking because a lot of people DO give over the phone, and so it's cost-effective to do so.
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  -How do you get rid of phone solicitors? I usually let the answering machine catch them, and they raccoon  Aug-30-10 09:23 AM   #0 
  - The "do-not-call" list does help.  madinmaryland   Aug-30-10 09:30 AM   #1 
  - +1  NewJeffCT   Aug-30-10 03:13 PM   #16 
  - +1  Dulcinea   Aug-30-10 03:34 PM   #18 
  - the list works  SwampG8r   Aug-30-10 09:34 AM   #2 
  - I answer with "What the fuck, over?" - in Russian.  HopeHoops   Aug-30-10 09:39 AM   #3 
  - The do not call list is great, but we get calls almost every night from charities.  driver8   Aug-30-10 10:11 AM   #4 
  - We are on the do not call list and have very few sales calls now.  old mark   Aug-30-10 10:14 AM   #5 
  - I answer, but don't say anything.  pintobean   Aug-30-10 10:15 AM   #6 
  - Do not call list works very well IMO  Amaril   Aug-30-10 10:20 AM   #7 
  - I just tell them it's a wrong number...  mreilly   Aug-30-10 12:04 PM   #8 
  - LOL! I like that one  carlyhippy   Aug-30-10 04:43 PM   #20 
  - Ask them if they know anyone who can clean up lots of blood  foxfeet   Aug-30-10 01:53 PM   #9 
  - LOL! that's cold haha  carlyhippy   Aug-30-10 03:07 PM   #14 
     - If you don't have an actual crime scene in your house you should be OK.  foxfeet   Aug-30-10 08:03 PM   #25 
        - LOL no crime scene here  carlyhippy   Aug-30-10 10:27 PM   #34 
  - I usually just interrupt their patter with a bunch of questions & stuff  annabanana   Aug-30-10 01:56 PM   #10 
  - Just breathe heavily  MajorChode   Aug-30-10 02:09 PM   #11 
  - The DNC list works well, but it sucks against non-profits  sakabatou   Aug-30-10 02:10 PM   #12 
  - I haven't gotten one is so long I don't even know how to answer.  jobycom   Aug-30-10 02:17 PM   #13 
  - I answer and if they don't hang up, I let the get their spill out  carlyhippy   Aug-30-10 03:11 PM   #15 
  - My dad used to just tell people that he got whatever the telemarketer was selling  NewJeffCT   Aug-30-10 03:15 PM   #17 
  - I used to put on my best Mafia Guy voice  guitar man   Aug-30-10 03:44 PM   #19 
  - I am not interested, thank you. hang up  CBGLuthier   Aug-30-10 05:28 PM   #21 
  - The winner:  IDemo   Aug-30-10 07:34 PM   #22 
  - I say "Just a moment, please"  NoPasaran   Aug-30-10 07:46 PM   #23 
  - I alternate between  Moondog   Aug-30-10 07:50 PM   #24 
  - Ditch your land line and stick to cellular service.  sofa king   Aug-30-10 08:25 PM   #26 
  - Do not call list works wonders. And don't feel bad about  Curmudgeoness   Aug-30-10 08:30 PM   #27 
  - I did that. But politicians, charities  Moondog   Aug-30-10 08:43 PM   #28 
     - Too true. But I have good luck with most of them removing  Curmudgeoness   Aug-30-10 09:07 PM   #30 
  - Air horns work wonders  Generic Brad   Aug-30-10 08:45 PM   #29 
  - Vuvuzelas are better  Amerigo Vespucci   Aug-30-10 09:53 PM   #33 
     - Why yes, I am interested! My credit card number is BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ  realisticphish   Aug-31-10 12:05 AM   #36 
  - I work in phone fundraising for a non-profit, so I know.  Withywindle   Aug-30-10 09:44 PM   #31 
  - Thanks for the heads up! There are some numbers that I believe would call me every day until I die.  raccoon   Aug-31-10 02:16 PM   #38 
  - The do not call list does work.  Amerigo Vespucci   Aug-30-10 09:52 PM   #32 
  - I just say no thanks, and hang up  realisticphish   Aug-31-10 12:04 AM   #35 
  - I answer every single one of my phone calls  Roon   Aug-31-10 09:21 AM   #37 
  - With caller ID and answering machine, I haven't taken one at home for quite  Arkansas Granny   Aug-31-10 02:20 PM   #39 

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