I try to practice generosity. So tonight when the phone rang and the person said they were a paid solicitor for the Virginia State Police I didn't hang right up on them. Well, I don't usually hang up without saying "thank you for calling but I'm not really interested or I'm afraid I cannot afford a donation at this time."And although I can't always be charitable to every person who asks for a donation I always try to be polite.
In this case the Virginia State Police have a special place in my heart since they responded to my children's accident. I will for as long as I live appreciate the twenty troopers who responded to the accident as well as their supervisors, their efforts will never be forgotten by our family.
OK, now I'm rambling back to the story. So the maybe a bit too nice man who during the course of 45 seconds went from calling me Mrs Forbes to Jennifer to Jen asked me for a donation. The donation was for Troopers to give teddy bears to kids after accidents and for other things, there was a list but the details escape me at this time. Anyhow, for obvious reasons explained above I asked him to hold so I could consult with my hubby as to if and how much we'd be willing to donate and then it dawned on me to ask something; a really important question.
How much of each dollar donated goes to the State Police and how much goes to the solicitor's organization or overhead? Wouldn't you know he then asked me to hold so he could put me on the line with his supervisor. Supervisor comes on the line. "this is Dan how can I help you?" So I asked him how much of each dollar donated goes directly to the State Police? What to take a guess?? As it turns out the State Police only get 10% so I declined to give a donation. 10% is a terribly small number don't you think?
So what do you think, paid solicitor or paid thief?
How do you get those pesky phone callers wanting money off the phone at dinner time? Do you have a special response?
My husband prefers to ask for their home number so he can call them back at dinner time ;0
Seriously do you check out your charities before donation?