Monday, April 25, 2005

Moral Dilemma

I am fundraising for this organization called the Fairygodmother Foundation. They grant wishes to terminally ill adults with less than one year to live. I am working on one particular case where a dying mom wants new bedroom furniture for her two teenage sons. Well, I sent out a mass email to a bunch of friends & family soliciting their funds. This brought up issues w/someone close to me, who told me she did not believe in this cause. I told her she should not feel obligated to contribute if she did not believe in the cause—I would not be offended personally. The other day when I was visiting w/her & her family, her husband gave me a check for the same cause. I questioned it, did not get a response and assumed he did not want to discuss it. I felt uncomfortable taking the check, but accepted it not knowing exactly how to handle the situation, but decided to discuss it w/her. I did and found that indeed they had not discussed the matter, as she did not realize he was included in the mass email I sent out. Quite honestly, I had also forgotten he was included in the email. So, now I’m torn—do I keep the check knowing that I need all the help I could get in my fundraising efforts? Or, do I return it knowing one of the two don’t fully believe in the cause? Anyone have any thoughts???

If you would like to make a donation, please make checks out to Fairygodmother Foundation (with "Angelica's Wish" in the memo line) and send them to me. Don't have my address? Contact me and I will give it to you.

1 comment:

Mac said...

If it is from his own checking account, keep it. It's his money to do with what he feels is right. Joint account? hmmm, good luck. ;-) Maybe give half back.

Good luck on the running.