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Exactly $1,594,699?! December 21, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Mindfulness.

Medieval_kitchenMaybe I’m just getting more cynical and jaded with each passing year . . .

Nestled among today’s incoming Christmas cards, I received an unsolicited yuletide solicitation from Feeding America (the charity formerly known as America’s Second Harvest).

Opening the card caused my Misrepresentation Meter to erupt in laughter, tossed with a hint of derision, a sprinkling of scorn, and a pinch of chagrin.

In pertinent part, Feeding America’s yuletide missive stated:

We need your help!  More families than ever are turning to our food banks just to get by.

We must raise $1,594,699 by December 31 so we can feed kids and adults in need.

I wonder what happens if they only raise $1,594,697?

Or if they miss the self-imposed deadline by a day or two?

I’m all for keeping our food banks stocked, especially during the holidays, but my Misrepresentation Meter gets annoyed when charities use such transparent ploys to tug at our heart (and purse) strings.

As a result, this request is going on the back burner . . . at least until after the first of the year.

Related posts:  To Give . . . Or Not To Give?


1. Barbara Gunn - December 21, 2010

Oh my goodness, what if you and you alone cause them to not meet their goal?!

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

I know, right?

My withholding of largesse might leave the cupboards bare. 😉

2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - December 21, 2010

Something tells me someone at that charity made a huge mistake. . .hmmmmm

Perhaps they were thinking of the donors who could get their tax deduction if posted by the end of the year!

You see, Nancy? They were only thinking of you. . .:-D

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

Perhaps they counted on people being so busy with the holidays that they would just say, “Awww . . .” and pull out their checkbooks. 😉

3. duke1959 - December 21, 2010

I’ll donate 2 cents and if we all do that they will reach their goal sometime in the year 2090!

Paula Tohline Calhoun - December 21, 2010

I dunno, Duke! The census resident count came out today – we now have 308,745,538 residents in the USA – 2 cents from each would yield a tidy sum, and well before 2090! 😀 Of course, that is the secret to fundraising. If everbody in the country donated 2 cents to a cause – think how much money could be raised!

Ooh! We could start a charity called “My 2 Cents Worth.” We ask each person to put precisely two cents into the till, and divy it up at the end of the year between whatever causes we chose!

Hmmm. . .

nrhatch - December 21, 2010

Love that idea! “My 2 Cents Worth.”

4. Cindy - December 22, 2010

Hahaha, I’m leaning increasingly toward ‘direct charity’; a daily sandwich and carton of milk to a homeless person.

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

I’m beginning to feel the same way.

More and more of my favorite charities are turning into businesses that seem more focused on fundraising than on making a difference.

5. viewfromtheside - December 22, 2010

the direct charity avoids the deductions for ‘administration’

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

So true!

6. 4minutewriter - December 22, 2010

I’ve noticed quite a buzz this year about the concept of giving to charities- on your blog as well as in the newspaper (just read an article on the topic today).
If everyone practiced direct charity to those around us, we wouldn’t need organized charities.

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

Some New England towns used to have Town Farms. Those who couldn’t afford to live on their own, lived there “communally.”

And the townspeople helped out with food, shelter, firewood, and clothing.

People were happy to give because they could see the NEED and knew that those who NEEDED it weren’t going to take cash donations to the liquor store instead of the grocery store.

7. duke1959 - December 22, 2010

What would we do with all the 2 cents? We could have each local area have people donate 2 cents and then give the money raised to a local need. With out any money going to overhead cost.

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

Sounds like a plan.

More and more I feel that charities start out with laudable motives . . . but then the employees put “staying employed” at the top of the list of priorities.

8. duke1959 - December 22, 2010

you are so right about that. Especially when things are so tough who can you trust?

nrhatch - December 22, 2010

In addition to eating more locally grown food, I may focus on giving more to locally grown charities . . . where I can see them in action.

9. nrhatch - December 20, 2011

Got another one this year . . . exact same card, exact same plea, except this year they just need $1,546,418. 😉

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