- Register with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). By enlisting with the DMAChoice program, which allows you to indicate your direct mail preferences, the DMA will include you on a list that both non-profit and for-profit organizations can consult before sending solicitations. This program is voluntary for businesses and charities, however, so it isn’t guaranteed to eliminate all of the appeals in your mailbox.
- Get in touch with the charity directly. Request that they stop sending you appeals, and while you are on the phone, be sure to get the name and number of the third parties that your name may have been sold or traded to. Contact them as well. Responsible and well-run charities are grateful for your donation, and should be willing to comply with your requests.
- Concentrate your giving. Sending small donations to a variety of organizations is a sure way to get your name on a shared mailing list. Instead, focus your donations on a few worthy organizations and reduce your chances of getting inundated with other requests.
- Give anonymously. By using Network For Good’s on-line giving system (which is available through the Charity Navigator website), you can request your donation be sent to the organization anonymously. This will ensure you avoid any future contact from the organization you’re supporting as well as preventing your information from being shared with third parties.