I want to give some money away.
I do not want to give my money to people who will use it to send me more solicitations for money.
I’ve given money to various causes down through the years, most often having to do with setting aside trees and habitat for animals, but occasionally for other causes, too. I’m no major philanthropist, by any means, but I’ve helped diverse causes, often in the name of biodiversity.
The problem is, when I write the check and send off the form in its preaddressed envelope, it seems to meet other little envelopes somewhere in the mail and propagate, as if the missives were actually lusty males and not simple solicitous mail.
This was not the kind of biodiversity I’d had in mind.
I often look at the solicitations I get, around this time of year, and think about who to give some money. I like picking. I do not necessarily prefer to give it to some bigger fund like Working Assets and let them distribute, although I do have my long-distance service with them and like them, generally, as an organization.
No, I’d prefer to select the ones I want to contribute to, and to mail funds off on my own. There was one group I liked that helped women in the developing world with too many kids. With children already under- and malnourished, they didn’t want more kids but wanted to keep their husbands around — which, for many of them, meant more kids.
So that group helped them with their birth control options. As the world has a surplus of people, I’m all for increasing biodiversity through population control.
But I’m afraid writing a check will just mean more solicitation propagation. I suppose I could put cash in the envelopes and send it off, but that seems a bit risky.
I could do money orders. How much would that be, per order? Seems a waste. I’ve thought of opening a checking account with only minimal personal info — sans address, and seeing how that works.
Last year I actually took their forms and wrote nice little notes to five or six of them telling them I’d give them money if they would agree not to fill my mailbox with more tree pulp.
I didn’t hear back from a single one.
So now it’s two years since I’ve contributed to any, and I know there are some orangutans out there to be saved, some habitat to be set aside, and some trees to be hugged. Just not sent to me pulped and inked.
Any thoughts on a solution?