posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 08:06 PM
I'm not sure how many people are aware of this sort of thing, but a short while ago, I had the opportunity to speak to someone that worked for one of
those organizations. You know the drill, they call you up, seeming (usually) all cheery and "Good afternoon/evening Mr./Mrs. (Insert Name Here)."
Then they proceed to tell you how YOU can help the Firemen/Soldiers/Police/Other Noble and/or pitiable organization, simply by pledging a small
donation. Well, according to my associate, very little of your donations actually reach the organization in question. Supposedly as little as 13-15%
makes it to the Firemen/Soldiers/Police/etc. While my acquaintance had little reason to lie, a quick google search turn up quite a few articles on
this issue. Both of which are quite dated, but still gives an overall impression of the underhandedness of it all.
Here's one from Massachusetts: Link
And Hawaii: Link
I'm not certain how other people feel about this issue, but I thought I would share it with ATS, to raise awareness of the topic. Perhaps the reason
I brought this to the attention of ATS is because it is so prevalent during the holidays. I would remember these articles next time you get a phone
call, perhaps you should ask the telemarketer exactly how much of your donation actually goes to the people your donating it to.