And now, a wonderful guest entry from Stephanie, aka guiltyprepster.
Walking through any metropolitan city on a sunny, not-too-hot, not-too-cold day, we all come into contact with representatives of various non-profits looking to talk to us about their undoubtedly important cause.
I always feel awful telling organizations like the Red Cross and the SPCA that I’m not interested, but luckily there’s a few ways I’ve learned to let them down in a way that is both encouraging to them and leaves you feeling less guilty.
1. Don’t simply ignore. Make eye contact and smile.
2. Try these easy, one-sentence phrases:
“I’m really sorry I haven’t got a second today, but good luck!”
“I’m already a huge supporter, thanks for your hard work.”
“I’d love to know more, but I’m in a hurry. I’ll take a flyer if you have one.”
“No thanks, but thanks for offering, I appreciate it.”
These people aren’t beggars, they’re trying to make the world better. It’s best if we try to make that as easy as possible for them.
Stephanie is a marketing associate for Argopoint, a management consulting firm in Boston.
Thank you, Stephanie! And, important side note: You are under no obligation give money to anyone who asks. But it’s a lot easier to say no if you do give to the causes you believe in. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount to make a difference; $5 a month to your local Humane Society or NPR affiliate is infinitely better than $0 a month.