If you’ve donated to several different charities over the years, you’ve probably noticed your mailbox flooding with requests for more donations.
Donating to a good cause is important, but unwanted charity mail that will only end up in the trash isn’t useful. Removing yourself from mailing lists can save time and resources.
However, many charities receive significant donations from sent mail requests. Therefore, none of these organizations are going to stop sending you mail unless you request it.
Here’s our guide on how to stop receiving charity mail.
1. Be selective with your donations
A great way to reduce the amount of charity mail you get is to carefully select the organizations you donate to. Instead of donating small amounts to many organizations, consider supporting fewer causes with larger sums.
Additionally, always read charity privacy policies before donating. Look for a statement in which the charity promises not to “share, sell, or trade” your personal information with any other entity.
If you aren’t careful, you could accidentally waive your rights, potentially increasing the mail you receive. To be safe, make a request to be left off mailing lists and for your information to remain protected before you make your donation.
Most charities will happily respect your wish and receive your donation.
2. Opt out of charity mail via DMAchoice
Another way to stop charity mail is through DMAchoice. A non-profit organization run by the Data and Marketing Association, it provides a service to effectively help you get rid of junk mail.
DMAchoice allows you to customize your mail preferences, managing the type of direct mail you receive. You can opt out of entire categories of direct mail, like ads, catalogs, or charity mail.
Getting flooded with unwanted mail is frustrating, but you can still make donations to charities without compromising your time, resources, or personal information.
Whichever option you choose to remove yourself from charity mailing lists, particularly opting out of data-broker platforms, only donate to those charities you won’t mind getting mail from going forward.