Charitable Count, February

The Vicar made a good observation from January’s Charitable Count: our list has a lot of opposition in the groups soliciting our support.  I speculate that this has to do with how we get onto some of these mail lists.  Namely, organizations purchase each other’s membership lists, seeking like minded folks.  Thus, from our professional organizations, we probably get onto health related mailing lists (e.g. American Diabetes Association).  From Progressive Farmer we get onto farm life oriented mailing lists (e.g. American Farm Land Trust).  Also, I am registered Republican (e.g. NRA) and Linda Democrat (e.g. American’s United for Separation of Church and State).  Some years ago, as an experiment, I changed the initials on my magazine subscriptions, just so that I could track  who was selling my address to what organizations.  Of course, unless you are really going to be a hermit, you are not likely to wipe out the mailing listing sharing.

Who do you think is sharing your data?

Month:                                                         J     F

American Diabetes Association               1     1
American Farmland Trust                         1     1
American Horticultural Society               1     –
American Indian College Fund                 1     1
American Indian Education Fund             1     –
American Red Cross                                    1     –
Americans United (for Separation
Of Church & State)                                     1     –
Arbor Day Foundation                              3     –
Audubon Society                                        –     1
Care                                                              –     1
Civil War Trust                                           –     1
Colonial Williamsburg                              1     1
Compassion & Choices                              1
Congressman Paul Ryan                           1     1
Doctors without Borders                          –     1
Drug Policy Alliance                                  1     –
Easter Seals                                                 1     –
Feeding America                                        3     2
FINCA                                                          –     1
Ford’s Theatre                                            1     –
George W Bush Pres. Center                   –     1
Gettysburg                                                  –     1
Green America                                           1     2
Green Peace                                                1     –
Habitat For Humanity                             1     –
Heritage Foundation                                –     1
International Rescue Committee           –     1
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center                                                          –     1
NARAL Pro-Choise America                   –     1
NRA                                                             1     –
National Museum of the American
Indian                                                          –     1
National Museum of Women in
the Arts                                                       –     1
National WASP-WWII Museum             1     –
National Parks Conservation Ass.          1     –
National Park Foundation                       –     1
National WWII Museum                          –     1
Natural Resource Defense Council         –     2
Nature Conservancy                                  1     4
Mount Vernon                                            1     –
Oxfam                                                          1     1
Planned Parenthood                                 2     –
Population Connection                             –     1
Project Hope                                              1     –
Prosperity PAC (Paul Ryan)                     –     1
Rainforest Alliance                                    1     –
Red Tail Squadron (WWII)                      1     –
Republican National Committee             –     1
Ronald Regan Pres. Foundation              1     –
Romeny for President                               1     1
SJSU Alumni Association                         1     –
The Shakespeare Theatre                         1     –
Smithsonian Institution                           –     1
Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History
And Culture                                                1     –
Southern Poverty Law Center                 2     2
Special Olympics                                        –     1
Unicef                                                           1     1
WV Public Broadcasting                           2     1
Woodland Owner’s Assoc. of WV            –     1
WMRA/WEMC (NPR)                              1     1
World Vision                                               –     1
Wounded Warrior Project                        1     –

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About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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10 Responses to Charitable Count, February

  1. Barneysday says:

    Don’t overlook political entities, government entities (all public records) the phone company, the cable company, your investment company, anybody you ordered something from and companies they’ve sold their mailing list to,…the count goes on and on.

    My little one man response is to take their advertising materials, plus whatever else I might have received, stick it into their business reply envelope, and mail it back to them. The more you can stuff in the envelope, the better. They pay above first class rate for these envelopes, and the heavier you can make them, the better.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      You subversive envelop stuffer!

      What I find amusing about the “Big Brother”ish affect of the internet containing so much data, which we have freely given, is that the business had found the catchy phrase “The Cloud” for where it contains all our goodies. We think music, movies, and communication. They think data about us. So, is the symbolism of “The Cloud” a light puffy thing above us, heaven, or a mist that obscures our view and gets us disoriented.

      • Barneysday says:

        Its not a puffy cloud in my estimation. Its a growing thunderstorm, possibly tornado intensity. Ironically, lots of data comes from government entities, desperate for funds, willing to sell ever more data about its constituents.

        One thing that helped us is when we “froze” our credit reports, the mailings for new credit cards, purchases, etc were drastically cut.

  2. mj monaghan says:

    Your list is very long. I imagine mine would be similarly long if I took stock of it.

    We give to different charities and I’m pretty sure some of them give out our address since other charities then send offers a well.

    Interesting post.

    • hermitsdoor says:

      I had been thinking of doing this count for the past couple of years. The blog has given me the platform to make the effort something other than my own curiousity and angst. I’ll address other issues as the months go. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. The Vicar says:

    Any drop in junk mail seems to be off set by a corresponding rise in spam emails. In this information age we seem destine to be the recipients of unwanted information …. You’d better not be selling my email to supplement your future Social Security retirement benefits Hermit! 🙂

  4. Momma E. says:

    Hi Oscar – I just nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Please read my post about it I hope you accept and pass it on. Thank you for being a ray of sunshine and for supporting my blogging efforts Best, Donna

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