Back in May, while Dad was visiting, "American Survivors of Breast Cancer Foundation" called. Dad picked up without checking and found himself promising them a check for $15, which they practically demanded he send YESTERDAY.
They called me a few days later, claiming to be Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation and since I was similarly verklempt, I agreed to send a small donation. (Declining to give them my credit card, which was probably an excellent call on my part.)
Thought that would be the end of it. Oh no.
Next they called back to thank us. Some times two or three times a day. From two different phone numbers. One of which called itself "unknown." At first I thought it was just an error and "too many telemarketers with too few people to call" type of thing. But then they started by saying "We'd like to thank you for your recent donation and would like to know how much you would like to pledge this week?"
I roared into the phone that they had received my donation and it was all the donation they were going to get and to take my name OFF THE CALL LIST.
"Oh, okay," says the lady on the other end.
NEXT DAY, the unknown number calls up again and I picked it up and just listened until someone said "hello". I said hello and waited. They introduced themselves as calling for Survivors of Childhood Cancer and would I like to make a donation.
And that was the point where Lily shouted into the phone "I have done research on your sleazy little organization and found out how you work and if you do NOT remove me from ALL your similarly titled "charities" I will call the police."
"Oh, okay," says the woman ever so calmly.
I did do research into it, BTW. They are "legitimate" in that they DO donate money...however, they give the barest minimum of each dollar to causes that don't amount to a hill of beans. "Breast Cancer Survivors" cleared over $500000 a few years ago, with (supposedly) ten cents (or less than ten cents) of every dollar going to "programs to help cancer survivors". According to the articles I found, $437,000 went to the organization for "costs"...but there was no explanation of what the other $63000 went for....most American Breast Cancer survivors can guarantee THEY didn't receive any of it.