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Not Feeling Too Charitable

The following is a transcript of a letter I am going to send to a particular charitable institution, with a few italicized editorial comments.

The Canadian **** Foundation

To whom it may concern

In late June, I was contacted by one of your telephone solicitors, who thanked me for my past support and asked me if I would be willing to support you again. I agreed and made a pledge, although I did then point out that I had noticed on my last year's tax return I had actually made two donations, and that it was usually my custom only to make one a year, particularly as the sum was comparatively large. I was pressed almost bullied to make my payment immediately by credit card, although I informed the solicitor that I would prefer to wait for a pledge form and send payment by cheque at my own convenience.

Since then, I have incurred some extra expenses that have made it difficult thus far to honor my pledge, although I had every intention of so doing please note the past tense. In the past month, I have received not one but two reminder letters, and last night I got another phone call, insisting that I honor my pledge by credit card right away. I believe the phrase used was "settle your payment over the phone" - as if this were a debt that I had incurred and the phone call from a collection agency. I understand that to you the pledge campaign may be a matter of urgency; I have a strong, demonstrated, commitment to charitable donation in general and to your charity in particular, but there may be other expenses for me that are of more immediate concern vet's bills. property taxes. I had your pledge form in my "in box" awaiting attention and had every intention of honoring it.

However, your aggressive tactics have made me change my mind about my commitment to your cause. Last night, the caller made the pitch that there was some need to "balance the books" at the end of the fund-raising campaign. Perhaps it will help you to balance your books and remove myself from any "obligation" to you if I cancel my pledge. Please remove my name from your telephone list and do not contact me by phone or mail again after next month, I can take legal steps if you do.

Yours with no love

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