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November 15th, 2003

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05:22 am - I don't get it
I suspect that the United Way is a decent enough organization. They help a lot of people, I bet.

What I want to know is what they are giving to corporations in order to get those corporations to pimp for them?

At Merrill, it's not so bad. You get a form and are told where and when to turn it in if you want money deducted out of your paycheck to go to the United Way. (My lead handed mine to me and it hit the recycle bin in one smooth motion.) You can target the money to a particular group the United Way serves, if you like. Still, they interrupted us during our peak to give a little rah-rah speech to everyone on the floor about donating. We were in the middle of a rush job and just stopped. (We did get donuts out of the deal.)

At ADC, it was heinous. There were United Way coordinators. They were given a batch of envelopes addressed to specific employees. You were harassed for a week about turning in the envelope; they wanted 100% return, even if you weren't donating. These coordinators were frequently your boss. If you didn't turn in the envelope, someone from HR sent you email asking about it.

So does anyone know what the corporate gain in this state of affairs is? Do they get a tax deduction for spending the time and money to raise their employee contributions? Do they get a kick-back from the United Way? Are their children being held hostage for donations? What?
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Date:November 15th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
I think it's just egoboo. United Way looked loads better before their chair got caught squandering funds.
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Date:November 15th, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)
As I recall, United Way performs relatively poorly at getting your dollar out to where it does any good -- a good percentage of your money is going to run the organization. And the strong-arm tactics that are used to raise the money are reprehensible. I refuse to give them a penny.
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Date:November 15th, 2003 07:17 pm (UTC)
It is the tactics that I oppose. I don't know enough about the organization to know how good they are at doing what they are supposed to do so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on that. I also refuse to give them anything.

The other charity that ticks me off is the Salvation Army. Not in general, just specifically those damned bell ringers outside every shop during the holiday season. I'm so tempted to give them $20 if they'll just shut the hell up until I'm back in my car.
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Date:November 17th, 2003 11:01 am (UTC)
My recollection was that United Way did relatively well at getting one's dollar to where it would do any good. Perhaps some whiz with Google will do a search and turn up the numbers...

Not that it's going to make any difference to me.

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