EVERYBODY wants my money. I bet I get 5 – 10 phone calls per week asking me to support this charity or that charity. Most of them sound like legitimate causes. However, it’s not possible for me to say yes to all of them.
I normally cut the person off fairly quickly and tell them that I’m not interested and hang up the phone. I know it probably sounds rude but I really don’t know what else to do. I figure they would rather find out sooner than later that they have no hope of success with me. In other words, I’m helping them move on to other potential donors.
As far as our giving goes, my wife and I tithe as well as give to several causes that we feel are important. We budget for these donations and have them paid automatically through our bank account. As a general rule, our budget doesn’t allow for extra giving (although maybe we should pencil in a small “spontaneous giving” fund).
My question to you is:
How do you say no to legitimate calls for help without feeling guilty?
Do you give to pretty much every charity that asks something of you or do you limit your giving to just a few charities?