The Warwick Police Benevolent Association (PBA) does not use telemarketing to solicit funds from the community. Not a single cent donated through telemarketing has ever benefited the community.
“We encourage residents to consider donating directly to local charities such as Warwick Valley Community Center, Backpack Snack Attack, Warwick Humane Society, local food pantries, any of the youth sports programs, Albert Wisner Library, or the host of other charitable causes in the community,” said Warwick PBA President Sgt. Ed Mullins. “People are more likely to donate to charities during the holidays, and charities depend on that generosity. We hope to encourage contributions to local charities.”
A direct donation to local charities will have the largest impact on the community. Professional fundraising companies keep a large portion of contributions; often returning less than 30 percent to the charity. Professional fundraisers compile lists that they sell to others. A generous donation through a telephone solicitor will put your name at the top of many lists resulting in an onslaught of annoying telephone calls and junk mail.
Pennies for Charity, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s report of telemarketing campaigns in New York, helps New Yorkers make informed decisions before contributing to charity. Now, through the Attorney General’s new Pennies for Charitydatabase, New Yorkers may easily search the report to see how much of their contributions in response to telemarketers’ solicitations has actually been retained by the charity.
This database and the Pennies for Charityreports are based on financial reports filed with the Attorney General’s Office by professional fundraisers who conduct telemarketing campaigns. For more information visit www.charitiesnys.com.