A couple of weeks ago my husband received a Gratitude Report from an organization thanking him for his generous support over the years — he’s been a “Loyal Supporter” since 1999. The only problem is, I’m the one who has been making the contributions.
He thought it was strange and stupid, so I emailed them asking if they were being sexist or if they were trying to get him to donate too — they didn’t reply. Then this morning he received another letter to confirm that he received his Gratitude Report and saying they hoped he would send more money for their worthy cause. So I wrote an email for him to sign and send:
Subject: please take me off your list
Please do not send me any more USPS mail. My wife has been giving [$amount] a year for many years now and you have just sent me a Gratitude Report saying I have been a loyal contributor since 1999 and then a confirmation that you sent it. She wrote to you asking for an explanation but received no response. I do not plan to give to you and at the moment she is ticked off. Why do you think this is a good way to encourage generosity?
(An email response would be fine.)
I enjoyed writing the letter and mostly think the whole thing is funny. The interesting thing is another group I’ve been donating to has done the same thing, but I didn’t bother commenting. I just crossed them off my list — if they ever ask why I’ll tell them. And another group suddenly started getting my name wrong a few years ago. They couldn’t be bothered changing it when I told them, but I still donate, online with my correct name, because I think they’re doing good work.
As usual, we’re all a bunch of nuts and it pays to have a sense of humor.