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-- Lastly, permit me to thank the folks who are posting positive notes. All negative posts or questions are certainly welcome here, of course. It's good and Foolish of anyone to examine where their money is going. But I'm happy to see some positive posts in here, as well, as it would be depressing during the height of our big drive to only be dealing with criticisms.

I'm sorry if my negative post upset anyone this close to the holiday season, but this is something I feel strongly about.

I know a little about charity and the money they raise since the place where I work is a Not-for-Profit organization that depends on donations, grants and the likes in order to survive. I understand about how certain people can donate to specific projects, i.e. mailings, administrative costs, etc. My point was that it made a bad first impression to me from one of the charities to receive such an extravagant thank you.

As I have said before, I'm very picky about where my money goes. I know my donation in itself did not personally pay for my thank you package, but the fact that they were sending out such fancy ones bothered me. I know that probably sounds petty, if so, then I'm being petty. I hate to see waste of any kind especially since becoming more Foolish about my money.

Also I went back through the donation process and don't remember saying it was okay for the Fool to forward my address to these organizations. I really think that should be an option we should have the final say on. If we want a thank you note or an acknowledgement for tax purposes that should be asked, not assumed.

This is my first time donating and being involved in Foolanthropy and overall I'm very impressed with the way it is handled but there is room for improvement otherwise you wouldn't have this board for feedback, right? :)

So my suggestion for this year is ask if we want a receipt or acknowledgement within a certain period of time.
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