December 09, 2002
Posted by scott at December 09, 2002 12:53 PM
So I work at a non-profit. One of the "new" fundraising ideas is to get employees of the non-profit to donate some of their own salary back to the company.
So, like, am I being a mean cranky bastard when I think if they really needed the staff to donate they should just garnish our wages up front? I mean, that way at least we know what it is.
Gah. I'm in a nasty mood today, aren't I?
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When I was at a PBS station, they tried that crap on us. Just an excuse for the staff to steal even more officie supplies and pledge goodies from the barn.
I actually hadn't thought of it that way. Why am I not surprised you did? :)
And you wouldn't believe the crap people steal around here. We had to hide the plastic knives & forks because entire cases would walk off in a week.
They try this every year at the VA, even suggest that 5% of our salary would be a nice amount. I turn the paper work back in blank. I refuse to be coersed into giving to charities. I pick and choose who I will give to.
The DoD toats around these big billboards when you enter the building stating our "goal" and each week the % is changed to what we've given.
They said things like "Our Agency is one of the major contributors in the country. Let's keep up that giving spirit."
Take finger out of throat before heaving.
At least we get choices of who to donate to and how much. Bombarded with flyers, pamphlets, forms, etc. with "approved" charities.
Now, see you got me started.
I ignore the whole dam thing and just turn the paper they give me back in blank. This is not something they can make you do. Or better still turn in with your donation 10cents a pay period. That should drive them crazy.
What you guys are talking about is different... giving to charities while working for the feds. We get at least some money from that (united way contrib... I forget what number we are), and it's appreciated.
But you see I work for the non profit. That they want me to contribute to. With money that they paid me. See the contradiction?
Tell them to go to Hell. I supposed they suggested a % of your salary. Of course then I guess you wouldn't be considered a team player. I truly hope you are looking for a new job.