For the past five years, 2 co-workers have requested charitable donations. I have always politely refused to donate to their requests. This year the tactic is to put a list of all workers on the main board and have you write in how much you're giving and just put cash in the envelope attached. Others don't want to donate either, but feel pressured into it, especially this year with the list out in the public. Complaints to the boss have been ignored. I was taught that charitable acts were better not aired in public. Would you suggest I put my own list up, or just continue to look like a scooge? I definetly don't want to annouce to the world what I do on a year round basis and come off like a goody two shoes.
I don't believe you should give to an organization, which you do not feel comfortable with, nor to someone collecting for that charity who seems to be forcing the issue, I think their putting a list up to show who has given, is in really poor taste. I would just tell them that you have your own charities that you donate to each year, and you budget for those. That's what I would do.
Do you have a Human Resource Department? If so, please talk to them. It will be confidential, and they should be able to take care of something like this. Employees should not feel pressured to donate and by posting the list it can create an uncomfortable workplace.
i agree, talk to HR. especially if the boss won't do anything, you need to go to someone else. i'm sure that's against policy. if it were me i'd be the one to just put a line through my name in protest! if people think that's being a scrooge then that's an opinion not worth anything.
Unfortunately, I work for a really small place. The owner is the HR department and I've already spoken to him without success. Oh well - scrooge time. Maybe someone else will also step up to the plate and cross their name out.
I would suggest writing on the list, "Thanks for the opportunity - but I've already contributed to XYZ Charity". It's tacky for them to put it up on a bulletin board like that... we have the same issues at work... so far in the past 3 weeks I've been asked to contribute to 6 different causes. One of which was an employee of our company who is a single mom, and another is a family whose house just burnt down... I contribute what I can, and I feel bad enough that I can't do more - I don't need public humiliation for not being able to do more on top of that... ya know?
I, too think that one should keep their charitable acts to themselves, that is the way I was raised. I too get asked to contribute to a lot of things, but I have a list of favorite charities that I always donate to and I don't break with that list. No. 1 is my Church, then the local food bank, local veterans organizations, St. Judes, and animal causes...and I will not allow anyone to make me feel guilty because I won't give to just any charity. We all have to do what we feel is right and stick to it.
I don't contribute to anything. I already loose a third of my income to taxes. No, I do not get it back. As a single person without children I am screwed when it comes to taxes. If someone asks me to give I tell them no. Period. No one is pressuring me into giving them *my* money that *I* am at work for.
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Maybe you could say to the person that put the sign up something like "I would love to give to your charities but I already give to XYZ, would you like to contribute to them?" I think it is very tacky for them to put a list up for people to sign and list what they gave, that is so rude and inconsiderate. Are these people in management and think they can use their position to get people to contribute?