My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Amnesty International USA, Inc., New York, NY, USA
My dealings with Amnesty International have been horrible. My initial donation I didn't mind, I was set up to donate fifteen dollars a month to them. However, I had issues with my debit card that I was using to pay the donations, and upon getting a new one, I made the decision to just stop my donations and I thought that would be it.
This was over a year and a half ago.
Since then, I have gotten ridiculous amounts of mail, always begging me to send money to a new cause or renew my membership. Today's mail was, "we've sent you reminders to renew your membership and you haven't replied." Doesn't that, coupled with the fact that I've not been donating for OVER a year now, give you the idea that I DON'T WANT TO DONATE TO YOU?
The worst is the calling. Someone else mentioned it-- it's disgusting. I started getting calls one day from a number that I didn't recognize, and they called AT LEAST once a day for weeks, and that was it. No message, no anything, just calls every day from a number I didn't recognize. Then, they stopped, and I thought all was good. However, I then started getting calls from another number, not as frequently, some days no call, some days one, some days multiple, and this time, it didn't really stop. After about a month of this, I got sick of it, and answered the phone. A man instantly launched into a scripted speech essentially asking me for money, and when I said I don't have any money to donate, he started in on the, "Well surely you can?" speech, and tried to wheedle money out of me. I had it at that point, and asked that I be added to the do not call me list. I actually told them to never call me again. This has not stopped them sending me mail, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get off their freakin' mail list.
Long story short, I have never dealt with an organization that is so incessant in their hunt for donations that in all essentiality, they are begging you for money. Beggars for the most part are more respectful, at least if you ignore them they will get the idea and not bother you. Amnesty's approach seems to be, "HEY MAYBE IF WE IRRITATE THEM ENOUGH THEY'LL GIVE US MONEY."
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