I am writing in anticipation of charity season in our office. I am a mid-level manager in a very dynamic work environment. Quite a few of my colleagues are eager volunteers. They run, they bake goods, and they organize galas. Their children skate, sing, and dance for causes too. There is also their school, the arts, the park renos...the list goes on and on. I value their contributions to our community but am getting tired of giving to one after the other. A loonie per lap, a toonie for chocolates, five bucks for a draw, a $20 ticket for the show...it all adds up.
Now my spouse has been told, right after the holiday break, that his position would be abolished. This will be effective at the end of March. I have not informed my team members yet. I am still hoping that he will soon find a job. In which case, I won't have to say anything at the office.
He has been a public servant for 15 years. While living up to the expectations of his current position, he is actively pursuing employment. With the government's freeze on many initiatives, the possibilities of him finding another job right away are looking slimmer and slimmer every day. I am feeling quite insecure about his job prospects and am dreading all of the requests for funds from my fellow workers.
What is the appropriate way of declining all the upcoming requests for charitable donations?
In our tough economy, it is bad enough being insecure about one's future, without worrying about what to say when you just can't give anymore. Nowadays, many people like you are concerned about recession etiquette and want to know how to answer to money asks Sticky Situations. Nobody wants to make anyone feel bad by refusing contributions -- and you are also naturally afraid to admit that they simply can no longer afford to give for the betterment of our worlds.
Here are a few guidelines:
In conclusion, I wish to acknowledge your honesty. I am certain that many readers are going through similar situations and will be happy to read how to handle this Sticky Situation.
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