I contributed twenty dollars. It felt good. I believed in the cause.
They thanked me, then asked for fifty.
When I sent fifty, they wanted a hundred.
Disliking continuous appeals, I sent a thousand dollar annual gift, attaching a note: “Please, send no more requests!”
But they kept soliciting more. More often, and more urgently.
Each appeal following a contribution made me feel less good and less appreciated. Finally, the sting of resentment to solicitations was stronger than the salve of charitable giving.
I could give no more.
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