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Old 11-15-2014, 05:01 PM
 
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It must be that season because I’ve been asked a few times already to donate. It does have me thinking.

When the retailer asks if you would like to donate at the register do they get the tax write off with your money?

Maybe I'm just cold and clinical, but I will never donate at a point of sale.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I'd be interested to know - this has been going on for years and for many diff. "cause/charities" - I do wonder
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I would think so.

I never donate through a third party.
#1 - I prefer to choose my own charities.
#2 - I prefer the write-off.
#3 - When I sent the money, I know my charity actually receives it.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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I never thought about it, to be honest, but your question made me check. It appears as though that may be the case:

McGrath: Should supermarkets solicit charitable donations? - Southtown Star
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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I never thought about those stores taking the tax write-off from money that their customers have donated. Hmmm, is that even legal for them to do?

The supermarkets around here periodically ask you to donate at the register for various charities. I just politely say "no, not this time." My hubby likes to give to St. Jude's Hospital directly.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I think I will bring a copy to the store for the next time I am asked.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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We only donate to 2 charities, the MS Society and Cancer Society, situations that affect us personally.
At this time of the year we are inundated with pleas from charities and we just politely say no that we support the 2 mentioned above. Those retailers at the register asking for donations we flatly say no thanks we have our own we donate to. And how are we to know how those donations actually end up and what % is really used for the recipient's and not the collectors.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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It must be that season because I’ve been asked a few times already to donate. It does have me thinking.

When the retailer asks if you would like to donate at the register do they get the tax write off with your money?

Maybe I'm just cold and clinical, but I will never donate at a point of sale.
I always wonder if the charity even gets the money.


How's that for cynical?

I do prefer to give locally. Pretty much the local animal sanctuary, and a toy collection organization around Christmas.

The woman I used to work with sends pkgs to her son in the military every month. I sometimes give stuff to her. Not a tax deduction for me but sometimes it doesn't matter.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I would think so.

I never donate through a third party.
#1 - I prefer to choose my own charities.
#2 - I prefer the write-off.
#3 - When I sent the money, I know my charity actually receives it.
All three of these.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:41 PM
 
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...My hubby likes to give to St. Jude's Hospital directly.

I donate to St Jude's Hospital every month and, whenever anyone else asks for donations, I tell him/her that all my money goes to St Jude's.
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