Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion

The travails of charitable giving

Having recently had a discussion with a friend regarding our experiences contributing to various charities, I was especially interested in Eileen Ambrose's column on the subject ("What's next after Black Friday and Cyber Monday?" Nov. 25).

I contribute to several local, national and religious charities, and I have experienced problems with most of them. The fundraisers for many charities are relentless. How can bi-weekly solicitations by mail be justified?

When a charity inundates me with solicitations ,it makes think I would be better off contributing to charities that have a business model I can live with. It seems extremely wasteful to send multiple solicitations to the same donor.

At that point it appears that the fundraising arm of the charity is simply trying to justify its existence. Guilt trips really don't help charities in the long run.

Of course, I realize that there will be administrative costs. But I still want most of the money I contribute to go to the cause for which the charity was established, so that contributors retain a belief in the integrity and soundness of the organization.

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Contenders for Mikulski's seat
    Contenders for Mikulski's seat

    Political observers in Maryland will soon be treated to a rare phenomenon: a battle royal for an open United States Senate seat.

  • Obama finds his veto pen
    Obama finds his veto pen

    With the Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, President Barack Obama has finally invoked his weapon of last resort against being run over by them, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill.

  • Community development works
    Community development works

    Across the state, local efforts are quietly strengthening Maryland communities.

  • Better births at home
    Better births at home

    I am one of those women, fighting for home birth in Maryland.

  • KAL wins Herblock award
    KAL wins Herblock award

    Kevin Kallaugher, better known as KAL, is the 2015 winner of the Herblock Prize, among the most prestigious awards for editorial cartooning. Awarded annually since 2004 by the Herb Block foundation, it aims "to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the...

  • Baltimore racism [Poll]
    Baltimore racism [Poll]
Comments
Loading