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L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
October 21, 2010

This organization's fundraising operation is not discreet about donor requests/information. I gave a donation ($250) recently in support of a friend who was in a volleyball tournament, and I made it explicitly clear that I not be on any mailing lists (with my donation and post-calls to the fundraising dept), that I not be included in any publication materials, etc. and that my information not be in any databases. (My reluctance of donating to any organization is that my information will be sold and/or used to phone me at all hours, email me, or fill my mailbox with wasted paper and asinine marketing ploys to garner additional donations.) Even after my numerous instructions, requests, etc., LAGLC sent a USPS-mailed newsletter to me at my home address! I had to call again to make sure they removed me. I reminded the person I spoke to that I wanted no additional contact. I was assured, yet again, that I was off all lists. But, alas, today I receive an email thanking me for supporting the volleyball event and telling me how I could learn more about the center. I can't image what someone still in the closet would think if he/she supported a gay, out-friend by donating to LAGLC and then LAGLC contacted the donor at home via a newsletter (no envelope or wrapping). It is insensitive at least and could ruin lives at worst, even in 2010. Very disappointed.

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