Do you get more solicitations for donations than you can stand? Are trees felled to simply support charitable organizations' solicitation initiative which means junk mail to you? I have to say I admire how thoroughly many not-for-profits understand direct marketing – they know how many times to mail to you per month, what to say in those letters, when to include a self-addressed-stamped envelope or comment that your stamp will help support finding a cure for (fill in the blank) and a whole barrel of other things to get money into their bank account for their worthy causes. And, enough is enough.
As many of you readers know, my Dad passed away early this year. Putting a change of address at his post office has resulting in more solicitations per week than I used to get per year. I am the most persistent junk-mail reductionist you'll ever meet. And I've found a new step to take.
First a reminder: Step 1 to stop junk mail is Opt-Out and the Direct Marketing association website. Here's the first article on that here at the PCafe: Stop Junk Mail.
To stop the stuff coming to Dad I have a two action approach.
#1 – Open the solicitation. Cut out the portion of the letter that contains his (your) address. Put a bright post-it on requesting that this address be removed from the charity's lists – all lists – and that you are Opting Out. Use the enclosed envelope (even if you have to put your own stamp on it) and send in your request.
#2 – Go to the charity's website. Today I did the Alzheimer's Association.
Find the 'contact us' button and click on it.
Read until you find the section on mailing to you. At Alzheimer's Association it said the following:
We respect your privacy and recognize that you may wish to limit the ways in which we contact you. Simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- To remove your name from mailing lists shared with other organizations, please provide your full name, mailing address and a sentence requesting removal.
- To remove your name from the Alzheimer's Association postal mailing list, please provide your full name, mailing address and a sentence requesting suppression of your personal information in our files.
To review or correct your personal information with the Alzheimer's Association, please provide your name and a sentence requesting a review or a correction.
Then, follow their instructions.
Be sure to put "Opt Out" in the subject line of an email.
Then, cross your fingers.
I'm hoping this works. It seems like a very professional option. I'm wary because writing that email resulted in one society asking me about a donation. Click on this picture to see what happened.
Well, it's worth a try especially as this
big push for your year-end donations starts during the upcoming
holidays. I'll let you know how it goes.