I was speaking with a friend-acquaintance today about charitable giving. She works for a non-profit organization and solicits charitable donations from lots of different people and corporations.
While I have monetarily supported her cause in the past, I have become more focused in my donating habits over the past few years. I no longer give to every charity that comes my way and remain loyal to causes I personally feel strongly about.
This of course slightly angers this person (not much but enough to notice she is a little miffed) since I no longer contribute to the organization where she is employed.
I explained to her my position, one I feel many people share. I believe charitable donations are often very, very personal and specifically chosen because of experiences having touched people’s lives. I don’t believe we all just “give” to causes because someone asked us for a donation. We want to feel a connection.
She feels the opposite, stating the “trend” in giving is currently geared towards more high profile donations and people give to organizations where they receive the most attention. She then went on to tell me about how my name would be published in a book sent out quarterly to members if I gave a certain dollar amount. The book would indicate my gold or platinum status as a contributor and I would be recognized by my peers in the community as a philanthropist.
I mean really? This is why “most people” give? I don’t believe it. I mean some might but I feel it’s way more personal.
Am I currently missing out on “trendy giving”? Is this really her sales pitch? I must live under a rock.