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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:40 PM
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Poll question: Does your workplace participate in any "group fundraising"?
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 05:41 PM by sbj405
Otherwise know as guilted giving - CFC, United Way, etc.

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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:45 PM
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1. Yes, I do not participate
I contribute to charities of my own choosing. My workplace (a supermarket) also promotes all the "months" out there - Breast Cancer Awareness month, Prostate Cancer Awareness month, Muscular Dystrophy month, etc. For these occasions, checkers are supposed to ask every customer if they'd like to donate money - in addition to what they're spending on their groceries - to the charity du jour.

Now while I'm all for raising awareness, I object to what amounts to shaming my customers into donating money that they might like to either keep or donate elsewhere. And the company doesn't do it for any real humanitarian purpose - they do it so they can trumpet in their newsletter and in press releases that they raised such and such amount for such and such cause and doesn't that make them a great company.

Fuck that.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:54 PM
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2. I prefer charities get $1, not 92 cents they'd get if I give at work.
I suppose it's good for people that otherwise wouldn't donate.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:56 PM
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3. What the other person said about the admin costs eaten up by United Way, etc.
and also because our United Way supports the Boy Scouts of America, with which group I have some problems.
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Liberal Jesus Freak Donating Member (178 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 06:20 PM
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4. No, but...
I work at a small high school and the kids/groups are always fundraising. I buy baked goods, trinkets, chances, tickets and sometimes just throw money at whoever walks by :eyes: I love working there, and that type of giving is much better than the "strongly encouraged" type :)
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 06:57 PM
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5. We get United Way forms at least once a year
I always recycle them - I'll do my charitable giving on my own time...
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