I regularly give to charities: animal protection, hospitals, disease research, universities, PBS, etc.
To recognize my donations, the charities try to make my life miserable. I think they do it in the hope of getting more money.
- I gave to an environmental charity. Right after that, they started calling me to "..thank me and talk to me about their mission..". My wife tells them I am out. I think she should tell them I am hiking to the Arctic to save Polar Bears.
- I give to local hospitals. They immediately bombard me with solicitations for more contributions and newsletters highlighting the accomplishments of their hospital.
- I give to a local arts charity. They keep phoning asking for more money or asking me to buy tickets to obscure shows that I would never attend.
- I gave to my alma mater. They then asked me to "host" the 40th reunion of my class. I asked what this entailed. My job was to raise more money to endow a scholarship at the university by soliciting my old classmates that I have not talked to since my waist size was under 32 inches and I had a full head of hair. I said no.
Next time I send money, it will be anonymous.
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