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But there are a couple of reasons I will not.

Not because I couldn't find the extra money, I can always find extra money for a good cause. My reasons are as follows:

1. If you remember last year I was very disappointed in the fact that a couple of the organizations sent me elaborate packages as their way of saying thank you and a feeble attempt to get more money out of me. A simple thank you letter would have sufficed, as three of them did.

2. The two organizations that sent the packages continued to send me packages, letters, flyers and I even got a phone call from one of them in their attempt to solicite more money from me. I wrote, called and told them, "Please, do not contact me again. My donation was a one-time affair and I will not be donating again in the near future."

3. To this day, I am still getting updates and flyers from one of the organizations, I'm about ready to involve an attorney if it does not cease and desist. I've been patient and polite up to this point, but now it's time to start playing hardball if they do not listen to my last plea to be left alone.

4. I am honestly bothered by the fact that the Fool did not have time or resources to listen to new nominations for new charities, yet had the time and the resources to dedicate to the Feste Award. An award to one member of the community, while nice, I feel is second, third or bottom of the list compared to listening to nominations for the Foolanthropy Drive. The reasoning behind this setting of priorities eludes me and probably will for quite some time.

So any money I might have set aside for the Foolanthropy Drive this year will instead be sent to the charities of my choice. The ones who respect my privacy and actually listen when I say, "Please, no more solicitation, this is all I have for you this year."

I did not name the two organizations out of respect for those who truly believe in them
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