People often ask us to contribute to their favorite charity. Unfortunately we have a system that we stick to and just hope everybody understands.
We collect all requests that we get for contributions throughout the year. We then sort through them all. We could get over six requests from the same organization. That aggravates us because it's such a waste of paper and materials.
We line them up alphabetically and then make our choices from what we read or have heard. Then Art researches the organizations to find out how they operate and what percentage of the contributions actually go toward the cause and not toward advertising or "administration."
Then we decide how much we want to allocate and send off our contribution. This works best for us. Otherwise we'd be contributing a far higher percentage to breast cancer research (which is also important to us) because there are so many people who ask that we contribute to their runs or walks. Art did the Y-Me Breast Cancer Run on Mother's Day every year in Chicago with Tif. We like to handle our contributions carefully so that our money is used appropriately and that we've given enough to all the charities and organizations that we want to support.
Still, I feel badly when people ask that we contribute to their cause and I have to say we'll take it under consideration.
And yet... we still contribute to many of the Salvation Army kettles that we see everywhere. Oh well! It's the season for giving.