Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Opinion

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
  • What's next after Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

    What's next after Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

    Giving Tuesday, a new event to encourage charitable giving

  • The endangered pollinators

    The endangered pollinators

    For those who visit the Maryland State Fair each year, the honey and wax exhibit is always a highlight. A busy hive of bees can be viewed through a plastic window, there's locally-produced honey and candles in a variety of shapes and sizes for sale, and members of the Maryland State Beekeepers...

  • Ready for Kindergarten?

    Ready for Kindergarten?

    Even Maryland's youngest students are feeling the effect of the state's switch to the more rigorous academic requirements of the Common Core standards. This week state officials reported that fewer than half the state's 4- and 5-year-olds are "fully ready" to succeed when they enter Kindergarten,...

  • Fewer assessment test [Poll]

    Fewer assessment test [Poll]

    Was it a good move for education leaders to cut back on reading and math assessment tests in Maryland schools?

  • Will accomplishment deficit be Hillary's undoing?

    Will accomplishment deficit be Hillary's undoing?

    There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here's one more.

  • When cheap laughs cost too much

    When cheap laughs cost too much

    Some people unfortunately think that the best way to respond to the intolerance of Muslim fanatics is to insult all Muslims.

  • The false god of politics

    The false god of politics

    If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins.

  • We can save lives now

    We can save lives now

    Heroin is not a new problem to Baltimore. Like many cities across the U.S., we have struggled with the heroin epidemic for years. Heroin ties into the very fabric of our city and cannot be separated from the problems of violence, mass incarceration and rampant health disparities.

Comments
Loading

68°