I hate it when retail people try to guilt me into giving to whatever nonprofit organization they’re supporting this week. I don’t mind when they ask, but when they act like I’m a jerk for saying no it makes me really mad.
There are 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. alone. If I gave each one a penny, that would be $15,000. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of cash lying around. Usually, they want me to give $1 or more. Think about how much that would be if I gave to every single one.
I do donate. I believe very strongly in supporting where I can. But I want it to be purposeful. I want it to be to an organization that is fighting a cause I believe in and that I think will use the money well. There are also hundreds of very good reasons for a person not to give at all.
Don’t treat people like they’re doing something wrong when they decide not to give. If you do, the one acting like a jerk is you.