- Small, not big - A personal communication with a smaller audience will make a bigger impact. Don’t try to mass communicate at the expense of touching people’s hearts.
- Hopeful, not hopeless - People tend to act on what they believe they can change–If your problem seems intractable, enormous and endless, people won’t be motivated to help.
- Peer pressure still works (it doesn’t end after high school) – People are more likely to do something if they know other people like them are doing it.
So what do we do about the trust issues we have with charities? The Charity Navigator can help you choose reputable charitable organizations. You will have to use your own judgement about individuals asking for help on the street.
Realize that folks making calls to your home do NOT have it easy. They may have a script to read from, but they are hung up on more often than not and rejection is not exactly fun… even from total strangers. Try to be polite and listen to the pitch. If you can’t afford to give, tell them that, wish them luck, and bid them goodbye. Yes they are interupting your dinner/favorite tv show/nap, but they are doing it for a good reason.
OK… that’s enough of the lecturing. Go out there and be good! ;)
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