I avoid street canvassers for do-gooding organizations. Does that make me a jerk?
As long as street fundraising enrolls new donors and makes money, charities will continue to do it. So if you don't like it, don't give. As long as you aren't rude, I see no reason why you should feel bad about avoiding them.
Do you have a real-life do-gooding dilemma? Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and Patty and Sandy will try to answer it.
Sandy Stonesifer works on issues related to adolescent girls' health at a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.