I’ve now received more than 10 letters and or calls from charities seeking donations connected with Christmas. In most cases the pitch is along the lines of give us this money and you get to put a sticker on your mail or a link in your emails indicating that you are supporting us.

While that in itself is not necessarily bad, that some pitch this ahead of the work they do is concerning. Maybe it’s what they have to do to get the ‘sale’.

Based on recent experience I prefer to make donations to organisations which are open about the percentage of donated funds which go to the actual work and charities which commit to not constantly harassing you for more money.