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How to Reduce Unwanted Charity Solicitations

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Your daily mail includes stacks of unsolicited donation requests from charities. Your phone rings constantly with unsolicited appeals for money from charities. Your dinner meal is constantly interruped by unwanted phone calls from telemarketers. Do you sometimes wish you could put up a "No Soliciting" sign to reduce the number of appeals you receive?

You want to support worthwhile causes but realistically, no one can support every charity that comes knocking on your door. Here are steps that you can take to reduce the number of charity solicitations you receive and protect your privacy:

  • Be selective about which charity to give to. Remember that when you send a contribution, your name is automatically added to the organization’s mailing list.
  • Write or call charities directly to inform them that you want to receive only a specific number of solicitations a year.
  • You can also request the charity stop contacting you. Note that charities are exempted from the national “Do Not Call List” and can still contact you by telephone. To request that your name be removed from a charity’s solicitation list, write to the charity directly or inform the caller on the phone appeal. 
  • Contribute only to organizations that have earned your respect. If a charity refuses to respect your privacy, don't send them any more money.
  • Give anonymously. Request that the charity keep your donation anonymous.