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Have you noticed lately the amount of people asking for donations? Yemen, DoctorWthoutBorders, ASPCA, Salvation Army, Food Banks, Disaster Relief, etc., and many MANY more. They show these sickly kids, abused pets, and holocaust survivors to name a few, but now they're asking on behalf of China in view of this virus.
I give when/what I'm able, but it's gotten to the point where they expect more, as in $50, $100 and so on :eek:. Some even blocked the "one time" donations. The ASPCA pulled this stunt in my case, I ended up on the monthly.
Most of these are worthy, but many are not. Not complaining, just wondering if anyone else has noticed.
 

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Constant harassment. And it worse than that for me OP. I donated a lot of photography to institutions over the years, 130+ institutions. Even though I never donated $$ to them, I get put on the donors list and get constant emails and letters seeking $$. Plus they sell my contact info to others seeking donors.

When it comes to begging, I could use some $$ myself. I do archival preservation of small gauge movie films. A cheap sound scanner cost $45K - $85K. I felt like writing some rich guys like Bloomberg and asking for one. No direct benefit to me, I don't scan for $$, I scan for history and donate the output to the Internet Archive. I have a silent scanner, but could use a higher res sound scanner.

Can you imagine, a miniscule fraction of 1% of what Bloomberg ****ed away in his run for Prez would had made a major change in film preservation. I thought about trying 'go fund me,' but don't know how it would fly. About 60% of my film archive is ancient porn from the 1920's - 1950's. Porn is an issue with the fund me sites. To me it makes no difference about the content. A good archivist checks their prejudice at the door. If not they will try to erase history. I work in social documentary documentation and preservation...sex is social documentary....content is interesting...so why not? But everybody does not see it that way.

Photo: Selection from 'Living in a cardboard box' project. Infrared flash (Candid)

Shot in NYC, Xmas 2017 near 53rd and Lexington off 5th Ave.

She got her heat from the subway grates on the right. Her shelter was made from foam insulation and cardboard. I wanted to get photos of her making her wigwam each night, but she died before I could get them. Now all that is left is a clean spot on the sidewalk where she used to live.
 

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Have you noticed lately the amount of people asking for donations? Yemen, DoctorWthoutBorders, ASPCA, Salvation Army, Food Banks, Disaster Relief, etc., and many MANY more. They show these sickly kids, abused pets, and holocaust survivors to name a few, but now they're asking on behalf of China in view of this virus.
I give when/what I'm able, but it's gotten to the point where they expect more, as in $50, $100 and so on :eek:. Some even blocked the "one time" donations. The ASPCA pulled this stunt in my case, I ended up on the monthly.
Most of these are worthy, but many are not. Not complaining, just wondering if anyone else has noticed.
I recall a time when it was only not so good parts of town where you would see this. Now it is the whole country. What does that tell you?

Sad and scary.
 

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I guess everyone lives in a liberal city? Because here in Tulsa, I don't run across any of those groups. The only people that ask for money are the crackheads at the gas station. The last legit people I had ask me for money was for a tornado fund after last springs round of big ones in my neighborhood. We always donate to the LOCAL food bank heavily before the holidays. I want that assistance to stay in MY neighborhood, which is why we don't donate to the Salvation Army.
If you are complaining about people on the TV or online asking - change the channel or close the page.
 

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Every time I go to a grocery store the clerk keeps asking for a donation.

I travel a lot, and every time I stop at a rest area there's a guy at a table full of ball caps asking me to donate money.

If I am walking through a parking lot or filling my car with gas, a bum will walk up to me and tell me he's hungry and wants a dollar.

It's everywhere now. We are walking wallets.
 

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I give freely what I give, no strings attached and no feeling that others owe me. Like you said "Good beer" it's sad and scary.

JoJo, I'm talking about online donations, they're everwhere :xeye:.
 

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And the poor Red Cross has only raised a little over $3000 though they seem to have purchased advertising to pop up all over articles on the covid-19 crisis .
 

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I see this going on more and more.

Some of them make my blood boil. Like, why are they asking for donations to help Wounded Warriors... These men and women should be given everything they could ever need and more by the government that sent them.

Not sorry, but it really p***** me off that they would ever have to ask for donations.
 

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The OP is right on the money. I am currently in Knoxville, TN and went to the grocery today. Yup, donation requested at check-out. (I actually donated to it because it was a local food donation charity run by the store and a Publix. They seem to be a decent company.) Then stopped at a gas/convenience store and gassed up then went in to get a sweet tea which I had forgotten to grab at the grocery. Yep, donation asked for at checkout.

My wife and I donate every year to charities we choose. If we find one of those isn't using the money right, we stop. But all these requests at most everyway we go is getting kind of tiring.
 

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Hilltopper: You can be sure that others are making for it, like Bill Gates and movie stars.
 

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I see the same thing everyone else see. I also get text messages and emails asking for donations. I am retired now so I don't donate as much as I used to. However, I will donate when I am convinced the cause is good and not a scam. Not often.

After the primaries I will donate to conservative nominees for office, not only in my state but others also. Never to the conventions or senate/congressional funds. Only to individual conservative nominees.
 

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There is much to gain for companies requesting charitable donations at the till as although the donation itself is rung through as segregated amount to be donated to the charity at month end the business itself gains though interest paid on the cumulative.
 

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Every time I go to a grocery store the clerk keeps asking for a donation.

I travel a lot, and every time I stop at a rest area there's a guy at a table full of ball caps asking me to donate money.

If I am walking through a parking lot or filling my car with gas, a bum will walk up to me and tell me he's hungry and wants a dollar.

It's everywhere now. We are walking wallets.
Never heard of that before in grocery store.

Here is a gas panhandler that hit me up. While you buy gas he brings can over and asks for a squirt. If not careful you can put in a couple bucks worth. Waits at station until he is full up.
 

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