I went to high school in the early part of the 1980′s.
I never had the chance to wear one of those polyester tuxedos with the ruffled shirt to my senior prom.
I never went to my senior prom.
I never asked anyone.
I just read a report from a consulting firm that the primary reason why people stop contributing to a specific cause is that they are “inappropriately” solicited.
How does one solicit another “inappropriately?”
Threats of violence?
Making prospective donors listen to The Bay City Rollers?
I suspect that “inappropriately solicited” covers a wide range of misinformed behaviors perpetrated by well meaning non profit organizations.
Asking too many times for support, for example, is “inappropriate.”
How many times will you ask constituents who have never given to your cause to give to your cause.
Asking ad nauseum for support from people who have never supported you only reinforces the behavior that you are seeking to discourage.
Often, “no” means “no”.