When I give to charities, I prefer to give anonymously. If I send a check with my info on it, I tell them to only contact me once or twice a year and don't sell my name and info. Some charities are very good about this. Some aren't. The breast cancer people make me want to throw the phone out the window. Stop robo calling me!
I understand quite a bit about charities since I used to be in charge of fundraising. There's probably some karmic thing going on with the breast people because my work plagued so many others. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Please make the robo calls stop!
Charities make money selling your personal information. Maybe you enjoy getting a lot of junk mail and robo calls. 98% of the rest of us don't. If you want off the mailing lists, contact the charity and tell them to block you from future mailings. If you send their mail back to them with that message, leave your info on it with the tracking number. Some people like cutting this off or blacking it out with marker. If the data entry people can't see who you are they can't take you off the list.
I have to admit that I really enjoyed some of the messages people wrote on their returned mail when I worked for Religion. Let's call them, um, colorful. Lots of cuss words sent to priests with quite a bit of damning in it too. Some of the messages were really creative. You've got to encourage creativity, right? I also figure that quite a bit of that damning was earned by the pedophiles.
Better charities control how often they mail to people. Like I said, I only want to get a solicitation once or twice a year. If they don't honor my request I quit giving to them. Some people only want to get mail on Mother's Day, but never Father's Day. Whatever, if they have competent people and software they should be able to do this for you. They should be able to block you from being sold to other charities too.
If you get unsolicited faxes, call the 800 number at the bottom of the ads. You'll get an automated message to opt out of future ads. Mark email ads as spam and delete without opening. I never answer robo calls. I have called the breast people to cease and desist. It's been a little while since they've called. Maybe it's finally over?
That's enough of my public service message. I think IF is trying to make me talk about the NY Times anonymous editorial trashing the US White House. I don't feel like weighing in on this because it feels like this is still a work in progress. The bigger issue is the Supreme Court confirmation hearing going on. I hope and pray that the result will be what's best for the people.