Every day, at least every other day, when the physical mail arrives, our household receives up to half a dozen (and sometimes more) requests from charities. A similar flow of inquiries comes to us via email.
While some see this as a matter of charity, waste, or even abuse, I certainly don't. I believe the influx is fair and charity efforts to challenge it are legitimate, and my coercion is not a distraction but a challenge. If you want to donate money for pets health care then you can look for: FACE Foundation
Not the challenges associated with handling or disposing of emails or outages of data flow, but rather those related to responsible and ethically appropriate responses.
So what is the proper course of action if you choose not to shoot or deflate, or ignore the incoming waves? Do I have to give and how much? Now, as might be considered typical, our household earns sufficient income to meet necessities and some amenities, but we do not live in great luxury.
We own standard-brand cars (Chevy, Pontiac), live in simple single-family homes, schedule Saturday nights at a local pizzeria to eat out, and turn down the heat to keep the utility bill affordable.
So, should we give? And how many? Let's consider (and deny) some of the initial worries, worries that might irritate, reduce, or even eliminate the need to donate.
Charity Legitimacy and Effectiveness – Stories pop up more often than desired, highlighting unscrupulous people who are sympathetic and use fake charity websites to raise funds but keep donations. Other stories reveal incompetent charities, such as excessive pay, inadequate marketing costs, lack of supervision.