Thursday, August 14, 2008

And Don’t Call Back Again

A couple of years ago, I was softhearted and softheaded and made a donation to a charitable police officer’s organization. Since then, I’ve been added to some kind of Sucker’s List for police and firefighters, because whether legit or scam, they call for money all the time.

Julie wrote about her experiences with their callers getting nasty about making a personal commitment to these fine forces, as their call agents like to say, and why she’ll never donate to them again. I’ve heard those exact same words too many times and started drilling the callers. Are they a non-profit agency? Is the full amount of the donation tax deductible? Why not? What is their rating on Charity Navigator? And the kicker:

How much of the donation goes to the firefighters?

The last agent told me, “A minimum of 12%.”

TWELVE percent? I’m never going to listen politely to a phone spiel from these organizations again. It’s time to call my firefighter friend and find out what group he’d suggest supporting instead.

8 comments:

YF said...

wow, i have suckered it too. good to know as they are pushy.

Mayberry said...

That's insane!

Mayberry said...

I mean the part about only 12%. Not YOU. You are very sane.

Damselfly said...

Why is it that the police and firefighter donation callers are always the rudest? Does that really make people give money? I've been verbally abused by these people, too, so now I have no problem cutting them off, telling them I can't contribute, and hanging up the phone.

SUEB0B said...

These police & firefighter ones are notorious for being scams. Pretty much anyone who calls YOU at random is someone to watch out for. I do planned giving - every year I decide how much to what groups I am going to give, and I pretty much stick to it. That was I can say truthfully "Oh, thank you for asking, but all my giving is planned out in advance at the beginning of the year."

Magpie said...

As soon as they say "I'm calling on behalf of...", I say "that's nice" and hang up. Scoundrels.

Mamacita Tina said...

It's good to be informed. I've had to hang up more than a few times on such calls.

Waltzing with Widgets said...

12%, whoa. Ok, I can stop feeling even slightly sympathtic to these folks. Thanks for letting me know!