November 16, 2012
I began donating to Amnesty a few years ago. I believe in what they do. However, they have the most predatory fund raising practices of any national charity I am familiar with. Respond to one of their fund raising calls with a donation and a few weeks later the fund raising calls invariably resume for yet another crisis. Repeat this pattern ad nauseam. I have asked them numerous times to place me on their do not call list. I said I would be happy to support them, just please stop the calls. At last I thought my request would be respected. I spoke to a polite representative, he assured me my request would be honored, I made a donation, then the calls restarted. For the last several weeks they have been calling twice a day. My answering machine has been screening calls. Last night they called again at the same time and I decided to pick up. This time I asked to be struck from all their lists. Not that I expect this request to be honored any more than the others. But I am through with them. My advice is to pick a higher rated human rights charity to support, unless, of course, you want to be hounded by incessant fund raising.
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