Buying my groceries at Costco today, I was asked by the cashier if I wanted to donate to our local children's hospital. Having already donated to another charity the day before, I told her "no". She gave me somewhat of a dirty look after that, which made me feel sort of bad.
This got me thinking, is should stores guilt people into giving to charity? It is my belief that people should be free to give to whatever charity they want (or not give at all if they aren't financially able to do so) and not be shamed or guilted into giving to a specific charity.
What are your thoughts?
Most Helpful Guy
I have a policy: if someone ASKES me to donate, I'm probably NOT going to. Instead, I donate my money, my time, and my services to people and charities of my own choosing - and as "direct to the customer" as possible.
Most of those organizations that can "partner" with a big place like Costco are charities with high overhead and low "bang-for-the-buck". They have directors making mid-6-figure incomes and often 50-70% of the money they bring in goes to pay for "administrative expenses." They can kiss my ass right in the crack.5
Most Helpful Girl
No one should shame you for not donating to a charity. I hate when I go to a grocery store and they are standing outside the door. So that I walk out in front of them carrying all my groceries, then they ask for money. If I refuse, it feels kind of rude because I have all these groceries. But I always say I have no cash.
I don't think people should shame you, as they don't know your circumstances. Perhaps you have no wiggle room in your budget for charity. That is totally understandable, especially at costco. Maybe you only have money for groceries and that's it. Not even a dollar you can spare. I know for some people that sounds crazy, but there are people out there who really do need every dollar that they have.
The thing is, a lot of charities are not using the money as well as they could. Most of it gets spent in administration. YOU get to choose which charities you support also. Maybe you have a charity you support that month and you have already given to that charity. Don't feel bad, there are all sorts of charities out there for every cause. Just because you don't donate, it doesn't make you a bad person.