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Are We Reaching Charidy Fatigue

Op-Ed: With a flood of crowd funding campaigns, organizations need to consider the saturation risk to their donor market. Full Story

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so dont give
December 24, 2015 11:16 pm

but dont write an article to dissuade potential donors from reaching into their pockets

December 24, 2015 10:52 am

You make a lot of good points. Much of what i agree with. However, concerning the girl you are right we should not be cultivating are children to think with the mentality that schnorreing is the norm which I believe comes more from comes from traveling to chabad houses and seeing a “baale boas” who our youth believe can provide us with everything. They dont realize the effort the shliach made to develop that relatinship and the true depth of the relationship. But making a call for an organziation does not train children to be schnorrers it teaches them sales… Read more »

from a small town shlucha
December 23, 2015 12:24 pm

after being in a place running a shul, classes, programs in my home for over 11 years, we finally have the courage to do a campaign like. it takes so much time and effort to find matchers, and its all or nothing… we are just struggling to open a storferfront and survive on small donations. we were hoping that anash would open their hearts and give at least 10 dollars to enable gowth in this community…. are u saying, we should just give up . this is so disheartening!

More fatigue
December 23, 2015 12:17 am

I’m totally shocked on this writer and article. Maybe let’s start writing about “guest fatigue” or learning fatigue. And why call it charidy with a D and not charity fatigue ?? the writer should ask Mechila if he discouraged even one person from the most precicous mitzva of tzedaka

hard work goes into charidy
December 22, 2015 8:47 pm

Everyone is entitled to their own blog, whatever the content is, so col decided to publish and open to the public…. pple who think charidy is a 24 hour campaign? think again, for all the non profit organizations that chabad runs world wide, we work hard to cover basic expenses. to run a charidy campagin is an additional way of covering day to day expenses and it doesnt start or end on the day of the charidy campaign. Good luck to all those running their campaigns over the next week and hope that more pple will consider searching for new… Read more »

most donors are out of town
December 22, 2015 6:04 pm

Charidy is a great concept. Most donors are from the Makom Hashlichus, and therefore are not being inundated by a bunch of campaigns. It works!

Friends of Charidy and Idaho
December 21, 2015 7:57 pm

Folks, whether Charidy or any other platforms, this crowd funding thing that Charidy introduced to the world has made it possible for myself and hundreds of other Shluchim to raise more many than ever contemplated… It gives the donors the ability to feel that their money actually has an impact and EMPOWERS SHLUCHIM TO REACH HIGHER TGAN EVER BEFORE… Take a dear friend and Shliach Mendel & Esther Lifshitz doing a $54,000 campaign in BOISE IDAHO right now, they need the money more than most and have less access than most… Let’s use this article to show that there is… Read more »

I humbly disagree
December 21, 2015 6:30 pm

I feel, we are like all.members of one family, a BIG family. Our brothers and sisters are out on Shlichus, and we hope that they can be successful, and are sad when they are struggling. If my $10,-$25, $36 will help.get them to their goal, I’m so glad I have a small.party in.helping them to get there , AND I’m.happy I can show my support in.a tangible way that they will.notice, and feel my support and empathy for their cause..Because, I am sure that the shluchim running these campaigns can’t help but get a sense of satisfaction from the sheer… Read more »

Isn't this what it's all about?
December 21, 2015 7:58 am

I think charidy is an AMAZING idea that enables a mosad to raise what previously would take years to raise in one day. This is the greatest example of Moshiach tzeiten .

I say B”H that I am asked to give even if it’s hard. All of these organizations struggle like crazy and deserve the support they are asking for. Whoever can give should give and if you can only give a little it also helps. And if you cant so may Hashem bless us all that we can.

Something big is coming!
December 21, 2015 3:47 am

By now we all know that something big is coming means charidy. And we all know that “it’s all or nothing” is never nothing. If some campaigns didn’t actually succeed then at least it would be exciting and push people to give. I do think it’s come to the point where people don’t get hyped up by the campaigns because somehow they all succeed regardless.

There’s nothing wrong with the concept of crowdfunding but from a marketing perspective, it’s definitely monotonous.

True but not true
December 21, 2015 1:12 am

Are we trying to dicourage peopole from giving tzedakah? I give tzedakah to many more places now because of charidy campaigns. it is getting out of hand but I agree that it brings the same result as a dinner in just 24 hours! It’s amazing. And $10 here and there from people and, boom!, they reached their goal. I used to do a lot of fundraising when I was in school. The key was to know that even though it looks like our benefit, really the GIVER is the lucky one, to have the zechus in giving to the Rebbe’s… Read more »

Maybe it's tiring
December 20, 2015 11:06 pm

But for all those who didn’t think so until reading this article, you may have caused many to stop giving. Does it bother anyone if someone gives to every campaign? And yes, i’m a bocher who gives his free time to call anash lists for shluchim in need. They help you- when you are stranded in Thailand on the way to Australia you knock on their door- it’s only right to help them.

to #59
December 20, 2015 8:34 pm

I read YOUR post with great interest and thought it was beautiful. I also can’t give copious amounts of tzedaka but I try to help in other ways. I have personal experience with family members with addiction and various health and developmental issues and so i try to offer others support. I also mentor younger teachers. I fell Hashem gave me my life challenges in part so that I could help others.

December 20, 2015 8:18 pm

So unlike COL commenters to get all het up over this. The man has a point, tho not strong enough to stop doing Charidy. But maybe mosdos ought to collect in a more focused way. I think that would/will evolve naturally if more people felt like the author does

December 20, 2015 8:16 pm

IF YOU FEEL SATURATED- YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE!! BUT WHY GO PUBLIC AND DISCOURAGE OTHERS FROM GIVING ???!! WHILE MR WERDIGER IS QUOTING THE MISHNA תפשת מרובה לא תפשת- why doesn’t he check out what the mishna says about discouraging others from giving tzedaka. See comment 24. I CONSIDER IT A PRIVILEGE AND AM MOST HAPPY TO GIVE WHATEVER AMOUNT I GIVE TO HELP A FAMILY OR ORGANIZATION IN NEEED. DO WE NOT SAY IN תפילת נעילה when we are beseeching the Almighty to seal us for a good year the words: מרובים צרכי עמך — The needs of… Read more »

To 64
December 20, 2015 8:08 pm

I’ve gotten a report from JEM a few months after their campaign, although I gave a pretty small amount.

completely disagree
December 20, 2015 8:01 pm

1) This charidy reaches beyond just the frum community encouraging others who wouldn’t necessarily give to do so
2) give to where you want how much and say no to the rest. Don’t say no to the everyone else giving by stopping charidy or slowing it down
3) raising kids to be shnorers??? Remember the MS readothon we all did as kids? Selling raffle tickets to your neighbours and friends as a kid to raise money for whatever cause?? This is just a modern form of all those.

a quick way for us all to help out
December 20, 2015 7:56 pm

When Chinese Auctions came around they were a novelty. Does anybody complain now that we are being inundated with booklets of too many auctions? No, we just choose which ones we’d like to contribute to. They are still a fun way to give Tzedaka to a place that I might not otherwise. The same is with the Charidy campaigns – It gets many of us moving and donating to a cause to help them reach their goal. Yes, calls can be annoying, but hey, it’s for a good cause, so let’s all help where we can!

Writer have u considered.
December 20, 2015 7:27 pm

Tzedaka mekareves es hageulah.
Tzedaka tatzil mimaves.
Enough said

Greedy or needy?
December 20, 2015 7:21 pm

As if all problems are solved by charity gelt. Many are, but money is not the only answer: just emphasises the false belief that money has an intrinsic value.

Handbook for giving Tzadoko
December 20, 2015 7:11 pm

It behooves us to look to our holy Torah and Sages when giving tzedaka: Shulchan Aruch: unei ircha koidmin. Your charidy should be directed to your local community first. That includes the downtrodden, your local shul, yeshivas etc. the Lubavitcher Rebbe: the Rebbe, despite opposition from other world renowned Jewish leaders, sent his own chasidim to far flung corners of the world. He also gave them much autonomy on how they should establish their moisdes and how to operate them. One of the few stipulations he put on perspective Shluchim is that they should only go to communities that can… Read more »

Given to a dozen
December 20, 2015 7:02 pm

Since last Chanukah I’ve donated to 10-12 of these and NOT ONE thank you from any of the mosdos except email campaign updates.
Not nice.

There to facilitate
December 20, 2015 6:46 pm

Charidy isn’t a ‘trend’ and a ‘phase’. It is literally just a platform to assist people in doing what was done for thousands of years – give tezedakah. A brilliant idea turning telemarketing, envelopes, calendars etc into an easy direct way of giving. No i don’t work for charidy. I have benefitted in using the platform and in being able to give to friends and family campaigns that i would have never otherwise given to. It really brought a bigger awareness of giving and really helped at least me be more generous. But of course people have a problem with… Read more »

Charidy burnout
December 20, 2015 6:33 pm

Yes it’s annoying to see charidy all over the place. Being asked to give. But so what, thank G-d it’s tzedakah. Yes we in Chabad see all the campaigns going on but for each community it’s a whole group of people who don’t see charidy every day. And what a wonderful and exciting opportunity. David, so glad you wrote this piece. Because now people can agree that they’ve been flooded with charidy emails. Get it out of their systems and continue giving!!

I feel the opposite way
December 20, 2015 6:19 pm

Charidy is the most amazing platform for small donors. I love giving $25 and seeing it become $100. Where else does that happen? Also, for the organizations that I care about, it’s very inspiring to be a part of the momentum. The 24 hr deadline, the social media updates- I find it exciting.

I have no connection to charidy owners. I do wonder though, how do they make their money? Do they take a but of the matching donations too? Not accusing any wrongdoing, just wondering how it all works.

Why does it bother you
December 20, 2015 5:36 pm

No one has to give! If you want to give,give, if you don’t want to, dont! No pressure.

Role reversal
December 20, 2015 5:32 pm

I am a shlucha and not associated with charidy at all. I have read these comments with great interest. I have never known what it feels like to have the funds to give. But for many years I have been in the position to give of myself, my energy and my privacy. I have been called at all hours of the day and by people of all ages….and not always at the best and most convenient time. I have often given beyond my means and way beyond “fatigue” level….and yet we keep giving. We dare not stop. That is the… Read more »

December 20, 2015 5:19 pm

have the right to ask. You have the right to give or not give.

The is a Boss
December 20, 2015 4:56 pm

While the author has many valid points, he is missing a main point Giving Tzedokah is a mitzvah charidy gives one that opportunity to do this mitzvah in a new way, the mosdus however should train the callers to accept a small donation or even a ‘no’ otherwise people will stop answering the phone calls.

To 49
December 20, 2015 4:45 pm

If your pocket is too empty than the campaign in not speaking to u. Do u really feel everyone has maxed out their tzedaka? Obviously not, or else every organization would be in a good place.

Pu'st un pa'st...
December 20, 2015 4:19 pm

The yeitzer hora always comes dressed in a “zeidene kapote”… This guy who wrote the op-ed ain’t a bad guy and we shouldn’t go crazy over him. he’s our fellow brother and we love him! This doesn’t mean we agree with him. infact to agree and not to agree, really doesn’t matter. this all is just ruach shtus to get us to bite at each other… then there are others from the outside… who will come and simply stir up the pot to get us to say nasty things. Let’s not loose oursleves and let us stay fucoused on the… Read more »

Been around a while
December 20, 2015 4:10 pm

A key one-liner: “Are we teaching our children how to be schnorrers?” Answer: Yes! All schools starting from the very early years are encouraging students to get involved in raising funds for multiple causes. Which school does not send out the graduating class (I am talking grade 8 graduating elementary) to solicit ads for the year book and graduation trip? But the fundraising begins MUCH earlier, when children are sent to relatives and neighbors for a variety of collection campaigns. Some may argue that this is a good thing. Train them for their future careers on shaalichus. After all, children… Read more »

Agree with all
December 20, 2015 4:09 pm

Kudos to the letter writer for signing his name and standing behind his opinion. I am a shliach who tries to help my friends, colleagues and mosdos in general but also feel like it’s a bit much. And I can’t give to everyone. Otoh this platform has given significance to even the ten dollars which I give when I can. Maybe we just need to space the campaigns more.

complaining about tzedakah?
December 20, 2015 3:51 pm

Noone complains when it comes to too much shopping. Who doesn’t love a “shop till you drop” day?! Give what you can and do the mitzvah happily. Use your discretion to who and how much. It’s part of the beauty and crown of am yisroel that we are gomlei chasadim.

In need
December 20, 2015 3:50 pm

My school is in tremendous need of serious funding (somehow we are surviving, but that could be because we principals don’t take a salary or expenses) but just today, I voted down Charidy. I’m not sure how it can work any more, as I & many others are sick of being approached. The same applies to Gofundme – those who got on the train at the first stop reached the terminus very quickly. The rest are still trying to get through the closing doors. If anyone seriously wants to support a fledgling school for at-risk kids and victims of abuse,… Read more »

December 20, 2015 3:39 pm

Charidy has brought giving tzedaka to a whole new level. I can’t give to rack campaign but am amazed to see the amount of tzedaka being given lately. Tzedakah Mekareves Es Hageulah. May we be zoiche to the coming of Moshiach now!!!

December 20, 2015 3:14 pm

this is wearing me out, and everyone- globally. It’s time that people took a break from this wonderful idea. because our pockets are emptier then ever.

i really resent even the LOGO of charidy. it gives me hearburn

BH. Great zechus
December 20, 2015 2:58 pm

The more tzedakka you give the more you make
BH Be ready to receive loads of money
Good times are coming
Just go for it
It’s happening BH

To 43
December 20, 2015 2:53 pm

Nope I don’t work for charidy. I’m commentator 34. I’m a struggling shlucha. It hurts me to see people bothered by people dedicated to the community and are forced to fundraise. U don’t have to give to any or every campaign but to bash these schools and organizations that have to put food on table, pay salaries, pay bills, and have to rely on tzedaka?? And they use crowd funding ? What better suggestions do u have ?!

Tzedaka is never enough
December 20, 2015 2:50 pm

Mitzvah goreres Mitzvah. Charidy is an amazing innovation and has gotten many Yiden to give Tzedaka
Continued Hatzlacha Charidy!

December 20, 2015 2:49 pm

i think by giving even a small amount its like you took part in the whole amount it makes the zchus even grater

Kinda Agree.
December 20, 2015 2:45 pm

This charidy thing is a little out of control.
I think the author is spot on when he says that in Lubavitch we are basically as Anash connected to almost every campaign that goes on.
Most of these charidy campaign rely on the shliach extended family and friends and that next campaign you have the same problem.
I think Shluchim have to realize that it is hard to give 36 dollars to every campaign that is running.
Anash work hard for there money.

December 20, 2015 2:33 pm

Impossible to prove.. But i am guessing that some (most?) of the negative comments against this op-ed are being written by people that are working for Charidy.
The man is right, there is a point where pople say enough.. Its like having a virtual meshulach at your door 5 times a day.
Is it good? For some yes. But that does not mean others )” dont have the right to be annoyed.

Go number 24
December 20, 2015 2:24 pm

As a crown heights resident it’s okay for us to be called dozens of times throughout the year to host farbrengens for australians, sleeping accomodations, shabbos and yomtov meals, having families stay over for yom tov and simchas. all that is fine, correct? But when a lubavitcher calls you for a local organization to help out, that’s too much? What a shame. What a self centered world this is and has Unfortunatley infiltrated into our world too.

December 20, 2015 2:14 pm

A yid has to give 10% at least it’s a mitzva like any other so as long as you haven’t reached “fatigue” of making money for your livelihood, there won’t be “fatigue” of charity!

Are we reaching Charidy fatigue?
December 20, 2015 2:11 pm

No, we are most certainly NOT.

I only give to the campaigns that matter to me personally, and I’m pretty sure that everyone else does the same.

Like others have stated before me, Charidy is better than unnecessary mail spam, chinese auctions, useless dinners, and other kinds of fundraisers. Charidy is simple and straight to the point.

Excellent op-ed
December 20, 2015 2:03 pm

I agree with #20. Fundraisers should be isolated to friends and family of the charity organization, local communities and those that have benefited from the moisad.
Ultimately people will be more selective when they give.
Understand 3/4 of the funds are given by 3 donors and THEY are motivated by the energy generated all round.
David, once again well thought analysis of the latest wave of fundraising.

Really troubled by the Schnorrer comment
December 20, 2015 2:01 pm

It comes across as very condescending…and it is also wrong. When someone asks, that is an OPPORTUNITY for you to partner up with a cause; its a privilege. The girl on the line is An Enabler of Giving – nothing less. Good on her for stepping up to the plate and bad on you for being so arrogant. People drop $100 or $200 easily on a night out, a new pair of exclusive cuff links they don’t need, or a fancy bag that is totally unnecessary. Giving is good. Asking to give is courageously good. Charity is good. Charidy is… Read more »

December 20, 2015 1:59 pm

Unfortunately a lot of organizations and people need money to continue. It our choice to give or not give or give a little or a lot. Charidy gives us a chance to do that mitzvah. Yes there has been a more overwhelming ask from organizations all over to donate and to help them. There is a purpose here we can all use our money for the right cause and help each other. It’s a great opertunity to open up our eyes and see where our money is going to . To the fashion / tech industry or to something that… Read more »

To david
December 20, 2015 1:54 pm

I was told the rebbe spoke by a fabregen that people said you can’t give tzedakah at a melaveh Malkah because you don’t give tzedakah on motzei shabbos.

The quote I heard was that the rebbe said people that usually give tzedakah won’t have a problem giving at night.

Get it?

16 year old.
December 20, 2015 1:52 pm

What if she’s not in school and chose to work for a moised instead of going off the derech? What if she’s helping her almanah mother or recently out- of- work father put bread on their table? What if she’s a brilliant child and the only way she can go to sem is if she earns part of the money herself? Or if she’s using her chesed-hours to help her local Chabad house? Or if she just needs some spending money to buy seforim for hey teves? Would any of these scenarios put her in a better light in your… Read more »

Majorly disagree
December 20, 2015 1:51 pm

Yes there’s been a flood of charidy campaign lately. But they are helping מוסדות. They are obviously working. They help ppl give in a way that their donation goes 4x as much. Surprised to see the trashing . if someone cannot give the tzedaka , they don’t have to. If the organization doesn’t speak to you, politely say no. But to trash the whole concept that his helping pay teachers in schools that give major help to families struggling with tuition, by opening a campaign that brings in tzedaka from far and wide… I doubt we would call that misusing… Read more »

are you for real?
December 20, 2015 1:51 pm

Look how many millions of dollars charidy brought into hundreds of moisdos. So it bothers you that there is finally an amazing platform that works for tzedakah? Organizations have brought in so much more money in an easier healthier way. I never did a charidy campaign but I myself am so impressed and happy for each organization that did. So it hurts to give tzedakah?
I was raised that money was given to us to help others, what about you?

Bais rivkah
December 20, 2015 1:48 pm

When they did their charidy, I received 6 calls in one day from their own robo call system and an additional 4 calls from high school girls who were making calls. I kid you not, 10 phone calls in a 10 hour span

December 20, 2015 1:47 pm

With all due repect, my mother taught me whomever it is if someone opens their hand for charity, you should try to accommodate them however you can. I’m surprised that you would even take the time to write about this, being that BH you are truly blessed to be in the position to be able to give.

December 20, 2015 1:45 pm

I think Charidy Campaigns are genius. Instead of making expensive, elaborate dinners for a Mossad, where people are charged a set amount for attending, they only need 3 major donors & everyone else donates as much as they can, from the comfort of their house.
I have no issue with volunteers fundraising over the phone, but I’m VERY DISTURBED by young children ringing my bell collecting money for Mivtzoim. Those are “schnorrers in training”.

The more tzedakah the better!
December 20, 2015 1:43 pm

The more often we give Tzedakah and the more we give, the better!! Both for the giver and the getter!
And that young shnorrer has a very great zchus in working and influencing many others to give tzedakah!

it's hard to say no
December 20, 2015 1:39 pm

I don’t like being sent emails or getting phoned if I have no connection tot he mosad and I am just on a Chabad names list. I do give to the ones that I have a connection to. I don’t think it’s fair to put people in a position to have to say ‘no’ or to give with less than a full heart.

To #14
December 20, 2015 1:38 pm

Check with your LOR (not your shaliach son) but I was told you cannot give ALL your maiser to your children, and tuition doesn’t always qualify as maiser (a father is obligated to educate his child, and obligations cannot be paid for with maiser). So be happy when someone calls to give you the opportunity to give selflessly, and if it’s an organization you trust, then give at least a little. $1, $5, $360, $5,200. Everything adds up.

Only Charidy
December 20, 2015 1:29 pm

Not sure how much money the author of these piece has and how much he gives.

But for me personally as a small donor I hardly gave until charidy came along. Not that I didn’t care I just never felt like my $10 actually meant anything.

Charidy makes me feel like I matter. It made me give!

December 20, 2015 1:27 pm

This is the first op-ed I agree with… And long overdue

what a chutspa
December 20, 2015 1:17 pm

Here in Crown heights we feed Australians and all other guest all tishrai and all year long and no one complains, although it cost more then all the charedy campaigns together.

This guy is full of nonsense
December 20, 2015 1:07 pm

I never gave to charidy and never did one for my mosad
But I think In a time when we have to add to tzdaka charidy does a good a job I bringing more $$ tzdaka

Are you kidding???
December 20, 2015 1:05 pm

Lets go back to flooding my mailbox with stupid envelops?
lets go back to the Meshulach knocking on the door?
Lets go back to the days of the phone drives (yes they happened before Charidy)
How successful are those?

I give most of my Tzedoko now on Charidy. I don’t give every campaign I give the ones that talk to me.

the other side
December 20, 2015 12:46 pm

Charidy has opened the door to many organizations accessing donors that they could not otherwise hope to reach. For smaller campaigns it is also amazing. In one day they can meet an urgent, important need. If we each give even a few dollars, but multiply that by thousands, we can impact many causes. The poor small chabad house has it the hardest. they don’t have rich gvirim to cultivate. Or the chabad on campus… maybe Charidy just needs to schedule campaigns better. no more than two or three a month, or no 2 in the same donor pool in one… Read more »

Agree, however...
December 20, 2015 12:45 pm

I agree that there are way too many of these fundraisers floating around and it has become annoying. Each organization should continue to do these and reach their specific community and they will succeed. Seeing them all on COL is where the problem lies. I do however take to task the line ‘teaching our children to be shnorrers’. This problematic statement is indicative of an attitude in Australia that fundraising is ‘shnorrering’ or its euphemism ‘collecting’, reducing the person at your door to a straggler with his hand out in front of you. In the rest of the world, fundraising… Read more »

It works
December 20, 2015 12:45 pm

You can’t argue with success

Its in the Mishna:
December 20, 2015 12:40 pm

As it says in Pirke Avos:

There are four types of contributors to charity.

One who wants to give but does not want others to give–is begrudging of others.

One who wants that others should give but does not want to give–begrudges himself.

One who wants that he as well as others should give, is a chassid.

One who want neither himself nor others to give, is wicked.

You don’t have to give, but let others give.

Thank you.

I do not get it!
December 20, 2015 12:37 pm

can someone explain what exactly is bothering this man?

Don't Disparage People to Make Your Point
December 20, 2015 12:36 pm

Mr. Werdgyger, when you call a 16 year old fundraiser, a schnorrer, that is the problem.

Let people ask. You are free to give or not.

Everyone deserves a chance.

Thank you David
December 20, 2015 12:28 pm

I wish you continued success with everything you do.

I dont have loads of money, but I believe “kol haposhet yad nosen lo” even if its $10, $100
I turn to hashem daily for my sustenance so maybe that tzedoko I give to this particular campaign is the brocho I need for my income,
as the torah says asser bishvil sh’tishasher (however you spell it)

BH that we are in position to give.


December 20, 2015 12:16 pm

as i was following a campain that is very close to me, i received another 3 calls for others. I told each one that now is not a good time for me. I felt that if i see “mine” is not going great, I will add some more to what I already gave. In crown heights we get q few calls per day, plus people at the door. I choose to give mostly to my children who are struggling on shlichus and to the school where my children go. I do wish that i could help others as well but… Read more »

Spot on!
December 20, 2015 12:10 pm

Thanks for writing this piece. Spot on!

December 20, 2015 12:08 pm

whats you’re problem all you have to do is just donate a couple of dollars and its tripled\quadrupled and if lets say 10 people give $5 each one is $20 times 10 = $200… don’t have to give every organisaton just ones you feel a need to donats epes a mashehu…..

just finished reading mishna peah,
December 20, 2015 12:07 pm

The implication of Peah, is that often charity does go to the most aggressive and or strong, as counterintuitive as that might seem. However, I agree with your point that teaching children to be shnorrers seems to be a by product of these things, which are seemingly very prevalent in Chabad culture, and that perhaps not a good thing.

December 20, 2015 12:01 pm

Hi David, I’m sure your article is well-intentioned. I also do not like the myriad of phone calls. However, if I don’t want to donate, I just tell the caller that I will go to the website and check it out. Usually, as you wrote, it’s a 16 year old who doesn’t push too hard. If it’s a cause that I feel about, I donate. If not, I don’t. A lot of Mosdos have modest goals in line of what they can actually raise and don’t all try to raise a million dollars. As much as I hate the calls,… Read more »

Ny thoughts exactly
December 20, 2015 11:59 am

Was just thinking this week something along these lines…. would love too help everyone but the excitement is fading amd its just not possible

December 20, 2015 11:58 am

Shliach that I know doing a charidy campaign in just under two hours. They have a created a Jewish oasis in a spiritual desert – and I for one, will be happy to support them. A 16 year old doing volunteer work is not a schnorrer. She is a learning how organizations work from the bottom up. I am surprised by the tone in this article. If you don’t want to give a lot, give a little. If you can’t give a little, let someone else give a little…or a bit more. You don’t have to give everybody, but let… Read more »

Citizen Berel
December 20, 2015 11:58 am

This is so very intelligent.

This is using technology to serve Hashem.

Mr. Werdiger: if but one Yid refrains from giving tzedaka because of this op-ed then it has served it’s holy purpose.


And Ashreinu.

It would not have sufficed to reach out to moidois directly with this astute and important point.

That simply would not do.

This had to be made public so as to increase the odds that Jewish people would think twice before giving to causes they find worthy because charidy.

And schnorring.

December 20, 2015 11:53 am

been waiting for someone to say this

December 20, 2015 11:51 am

Last week our organization did a Charidy campaign
Only to find out that the very next day a Chabad just 15 miles away was doing the same – there must be a stragedy in place to spread the campaigns so there is no overlap And donor fatigue Charidy needs to be more sesnsitive to this

People are always free to give to whom they choose.
December 20, 2015 11:50 am
December 20, 2015 11:48 am

We just discussed this at the table the other day. We are inundated with requests, at least one a day, to the point where we just sort of ignore them now. Sad to say. The latest ‘trend’ quickly dies off from overuse. It loses its appeal and novelty. All these causes are wonderful and worthy, but i cannot donate to everyone.

December 20, 2015 11:38 am

Since last month I don’t donate in charidy… it’s getting pathetic.

Fatigue from the organization
December 20, 2015 11:36 am

Many are having fatigue from charidy itself, wondering how legit each campaign is, if the matchers always end up paying, and if their money is really being quadrupled.