Monday, 15 December 2014

Episcopal Relief and Development fails (charitable giving)

A few months ago I sent money  to Episcopal Relief and Development (an agency of the American Episcopal Church).  My gift was designated for the rebuilding of the Anglican Hospital in Gaza, Palestine.

I made it clear that this was a one time gift, and that I did not wish to be on ERD's mailing list.

FAT CHANCE    I have since received four mailings from ERD despite the fact that I have requested (in writing and by mail)  to be removed from their list.

A few years ago I joined Amnesty International.  I think that they do good and essential work. 

When I joined I stated  "I do not wish to be on your mailing list.   If you send me multiple mailings I will not renew my membership next year".

Guess what?   They sent me multiple mailings.

Guess what again?   I did not renew my membership the next year.

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Au contraire  - earlier this year  I mailed donations to Sarasota's "ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK", and later on to our "CAT DEPOT":  (in each case in honour of the neighbours who had taken care of my cats whilst I was out of town) .

When I mailed the checks/cheques I stated the reason for my gift, and asked "do not place me on your mailing list"

The Food Bank and the Cat Depot have honoured that request.

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So, as you might guess, I have much warmer feelings about our Food Bank and about our Cat Charity than I have about ERD and about AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL.

I am far more likely to give to the local charities who do not place me on eternal mailings lists, than to the national/international charities which bombard me with request after request for yet another donation.

Blah to ERD and to AMNESTY

Kudos to the Food Bank and to the Cat Depot.

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