My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Amnesty International Usa, Inc., New York, NY, USA
I have donated since the 1980s and also written letters on behalf of prisoners. last year I could not make a contribution because I'm unemployed, as I am this year. I just received a fundraising call. With barely a "hello" the guy started pelting me with all the horrible things taking place in the world, and since I know their time is money I said "I'm sorry to interrupt you but I know this is leading to a request for a contribution. I'm unemployed and though I still write letters, I have no money to send, so I'll thank you for your efforts, and let you get on to the next call." He obviously had a script for such an event because before I could hang up, he frantically said ARE YOU AWARE OF THE WOMAN IN EGYPT WHO WAS RAPED AND BEATEN BY POLICE AND HAD HER SKULL FRACTURED AND...I was stunned. I said "Yes, I am, because I keep up with such things on the website and write letters. But I just told you I have NO MONEY TO GIVE." He launched into an even worse story, which I interrupted by saying "Look... I told you I HAVE NO MONEY TO GIVE. What do you expect me to do?" He said any small amount would help, then launched into another horror story. I was shocked that anybody would use such terrorist tactics to guilt trip somebody like me into putting a donation I can't afford on my credit card, and I told him so. He said "Well, if you REALLY can't sent anything now to help us in our fight, I'll put you down for a call back in January." I said no, I didn't want a call back and please take me off the call list entirely. He said threateningly "I can do that but I need to warn you, taking you off the call list means you will NEVER hear from us again." I said at this point, that's exactly what I hoped. I will never contribute to this organization again even when I'm re-employed. Shame on them. I suspect this guy was working on commission, and that's why he was so adament.
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