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February 23, 2011 – Comments (13)

There are always sorority girls on my campus screaming "HELP RAISE MONEY FOR (insert thing here)".  They are out there for like 5 hours and probably each come away with $10 in change each.

Why don't they get a job, work 5 hours, make at least $40, donate $20 and keep $20...more for themselves, more for the charity.

Plus, WHO IS NOT AWARE OF BREAST CANCER?  There is no need for breast cancer awareness...

Also, chanting and collecting 5 bucks does not make you a superior being, so get off your high horse, small time fund raising women!

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#1) On February 23, 2011 at 1:57 PM, lemoneater (79.37) wrote:

I have to agree that often fundraisers are often uneconomical, but there are exceptions. At a craft fair fundraiser which ran a couple of weeks I gave 20% of my earnings to the cause but kept the rest. I came home with $600. My husband worried about potential tax problems since I wasn't set up as a business at that time so he told me to stop selling.  Fortunately some of my sales were in December and some in January so it wasn't the same tax year.

As far as awareness goes. Many people know about the existence of breast cancer, but think that it will never happen to them. At least it is less common for men. Since many of the women of my family have had it I'm more aware of it than I would like to be. 

You may already be invested in the cure if you own shares of food companies, tech companies, and medical companies. Check it out. Perhaps you can truthfully say, "I'm already underwriting cancer research." Those girls may be obnoxious, but if it helps some of them to think of others than I'm all for their efforts.

 

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#2) On February 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM, Valyooo (99.42) wrote:

OMG...I just found out the charity they were doing is for eating disorders...what the heck is that money going to do?

Lemoneater, there are defintiely exceptions dont get me wrong...just at my school at least it seems uneconomical.

As for awareness, people wearing pink does not really inform people of how to avoid getting it or early testing.  It just basically says "hey breast cancer stinks!"

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#3) On February 23, 2011 at 3:09 PM, Valyooo (99.42) wrote:

By the way I hope I dont come off as a jerk with this topic...I am all for charity, but only when it makes sense

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#4) On February 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM, ETFsRule (99.94) wrote:

"At a craft fair fundraiser which ran a couple of weeks I gave 20% of my earnings to the cause"

I hope the customers knew that only 20% was going to the cause!

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#5) On February 23, 2011 at 3:23 PM, Valyooo (99.42) wrote:

Haha thats what I was thinking.

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#6) On February 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Yeah, most of the various walks and whatnot are really more social events that serious attempts to raise money. They make people feel good without accomplishing that much.

The "I'm going to walk across the nation to raise awareness of _________" doubly so. 

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#7) On February 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM, russiangambit (29.21) wrote:

There was a time I believed that girl scouts actually baked the cookies.....

I personally can't stand fundrisers because they are nothing but  ploy to part you with your money while making you feel good about it, which I don't. I'd rather give a charity $100 at the outset ( and I do) than to be coerced during the year to pay $10 for a $1 cup, $5 for a box of $2 cookies and so on. If the people actually made the goods, I'd feel different because they'd be selling fruits of their own labor. Just reselling something that somebody else made just doesn't feel right.

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#8) On February 24, 2011 at 1:09 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.68) wrote:

There was a time I believed that girl scouts actually baked the cookies.....

If that was the case I doubt they'd be so popular-

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#9) On February 24, 2011 at 1:13 AM, HarryCarysGhost (99.68) wrote:

Fight over Thin Mints ends in trip to jail

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#10) On February 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM, lemoneater (79.37) wrote:

@ #2 Possibly the money is going to counseling. Anorexia and Bulimia are disturbing. I've never really understood eating disorders because it is hard for me to imagine either starving myself or throwing up to achieve the perfect body size. There is freedom in accepting one's own appearence even if it isn't close to supermodel. Early on, I reached the conclusion that I would never be popular in the conventional sense because of looks, athletic abililty, or wealth, but I'm a people person so I manage:). 

I was pretty naive when I was in college and didn't understand that the popular girl I knew that threw up most Wednesdays right on schedule needed help. Perhaps other girls will at least have a clue and be more able to help than I was.

@ #4 Just to set your mind at rest there was a sign on the table that said 20% goes to ______fundraiser.

@ #7 I made the jewelry I was selling the craft fair fundraiser myself if that makes you feel better:) I would have probably given a higher percentage, but raising money for a parking garage didn't inspire as much sympathy in me as disaster relief for Haiti.

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#11) On February 25, 2011 at 2:24 AM, Valyooo (99.42) wrote:

Lemon eater, when I get married I expect some home mad hot pads!

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#12) On February 25, 2011 at 7:53 AM, lemoneater (79.37) wrote:

:) I'd enjoy making some for you, Valyooo. Let me know the date when it happens.

It is interesting to realize that my hot pads have gone more places than I have: Japan, Cameroon, different parts of the U.S, some even made it to law school. 

Have a great day!

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#13) On February 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM, Valyooo (99.42) wrote:

Haha, I cracked up when I read "some even made it to law school" because I pictured a dean interviewing some hot pads.

Have a good day as well :)

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